Author Archives: Bob Welbaum

Unknown Kingdoms

I remember when I was a student teacher and I asked a class to tell me what they knew about the Persians. My cooperating teacher quickly informed me they had never studied that civilization. I thought of this as I reviewed an email from the National Geographic Society listing some long-forgotten civilizations. There have been

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Pictures in the Stars

If you ever look heavenward, you know that people have found pictures in the stars for thousands of years.   I think most of us can recognize a few, like Orion the Hunter, with his three-star belt, and the Big Dipper (actually part of Ursa Major, the Great Bear). But I hadn’t realized how many constellations

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How To Fight a Lazy Husband

As #MeToo is proving, women are becoming empowered all over the world.  I have just read of another example, this time in Africa.  Although I hesitate to repeat this for fear of publicizing radical ideas, this story is too good to ignore.  So here goes (and I’ll start with a direct quote, so nobody thinks

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The Wall That Doesn’t Exist

With all the talk about border walls, this weekend I heard a story that sounded like something from Lewis Carroll (You know, Alice in Wonderland). Talk to a North Korean official and hear the lament about The Concrete Wall.  Standing 5-8 meters high and 10-19 meters thick, with military positions, it was built by South

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The Most Successful Ethnic Group?

For those of you who think the American Dream is dead, I have good news.  The most successful ethnic group in the country very well may be Nigerian-Americans. As more recent arrivals, their numbers are not large; in 2015 the Nigerian-American population was 376,000, according to the Rockefeller Foundation–Aspen Institute.  And they’ve had to battle

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