From Documents, with Love

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Love is an elusive metaphysical concept, and perhaps not something one would think of as a topic for government agency publications, but it does come up from time to time. Here are just a few government documents dealing with this perennial mystery: Romances and Love Stories The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically… Read more »

A Cheesy Tradition at the White House

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In 1802 the town of Cheshire, Massachusetts, renowned for the quality of its cheese, presented President Thomas Jefferson with a 1234-pound “mammoth cheese” incorporating milk from 900 cows and engraved with the Jeffersonian motto, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” The cheese apparently remained in the White House at least as late as March… Read more »

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions with Benjamin Franklin’s 13-Step Program

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About this time most of us have probably already given up on maintaining our New Year’s resolutions. It might be worthwhile, therefore, to observe Benjamin Franklin’s birthday today by reviewing the “bold and arduous project” he devised for achieving moral perfection in his personal life, and considering how his system might be applied in defining our… Read more »

The JFK Assassination: 50 Years Later

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Fifty years ago today, at 12:30 p.m., President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Two days later the chief suspect in his death, Lee Harvey Oswald, was himself shot and killed by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Confusion, suspicions, and accusations followed immediately and have continued to this day. Every attempt… Read more »

Have a Scary but Safe Halloween

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Halloween is a time for children of all ages to dress in creepy costumes, enjoy forbidden culinary delights, and have fun trick-or-treating or partying with friends and family. Such annual indulgences can be scary in all the wrong ways, however, so to make sure your holiday is fun and safe, follow these Halloween Health and… Read more »

Government Documents Can Keep You in Stitches

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Are you looking for a unique idea for a Halloween costume this year? State and federal government agencies have some surprising resources for creating outfits ranging from the inexpensive to the elaborate. Texas Endangered Species Animal Masks The Texas Endangered Species Activity Book, published by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), contains many fun activities and projects… Read more »