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Dear Friends, This blog has been inactive even moribund for many months, a situation that this author is determined to correct. First an explanation - many interesting and rather long travels, to the Panama Canal, along the Danube, Vienna, and most recently a cruise from Sydney to Singapore. Another, and more than satisfying,...

From Policy Allies to Political Enemies   John Quincy Adams, the sixth United States President, was succeeded in 1828 by Andrew Jackson, its seventh president. Their rivalry during both the 1824 and 1828 presidential campaigns became both politically intense and personally hateful. Jackson blamed Adams for the death of his beloved wife Rachel...

Helen (Nellie) Taft was the wife of President William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States (1909-1913). While a teenager Nellie and her family were White House guests of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes during the Christmas/New Year celebrations of 1877-8. John Herron, Helen Taft's father,...

Grover Cleveland is the only United States President to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885-9; 1893-7).  Cleveland, when elected the first time, was and still remains the nation's only second bachelor president. However, in contrast with his predecessor James Buchanan, he married during his time in office. Rose successfully fulfilled the social,...

[caption id="attachment_309" align="alignleft" width="192"] Dolley Madison[/caption] Three future First Ladies brought children into their marriages with future Presidents of the United States. Two were widows and the other allegedly had borne a bastard son. The widows were Martha Washington, our first First Lady who was called Lady Washington and Dolley Madison,...

Eight Presidents and three First Ladies died during their presidential terms. Of all the presidential couples that departed the White House at the conclusion of their tenures, most, by far, former first ladies outlived their former presidential husbands. Only six women pre-deceased their spouses: Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Monroe, Abigail Fillmore,...

[caption id="attachment_195" align="alignleft" width="192"] Julia Grant[/caption] Eleanor Roosevelt was a very prolific author, and recent presidential wives have put their biographies and reflection into print. Betty Ford wrote two autobiographies, interesting, dramatic and forceful. Rosalynn Carter and all her successors (Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush) have written...

As the nineteenth century became the twentieth, the two organized disciplines of American medicine, allopathy (orthodox medicine) and homeopathy formed an amicable alliance to discredit other medical sects - Christian science, naturopathy, hydrotherapy and osteopathy amongst others. In so doing, the distinctions between the two lessened and eventfully disappeared almost...

Recently highly classified information about secret United States anti-terrorist activities has appeared in the New York Times. The sources of these leaks are controversial, but many, of both liberal and conservative bent, have pointed the finger towards the highest levels in the White House. The health and medical treatments of sitting...