David Nightingale http://wamc.org en David Nightingale: Fighting & Faiths http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-fighting-faiths <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As astronauts look down on a bright blue-and-white ball, seeing our unique yet fragile home, they don't see, of course, a color map of the world's religions. With night and day passing every 88 minutes, they observe tranquil areas, typhoons, flooded areas, possibly occasional volcanoes – beauty and trouble that nature deals us, and about which we can do nothing.</p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:50:00 +0000 David Nightingale 94776 at http://wamc.org David Nightingale: Jonas Waldo Smith http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-jonas-waldo-smith <p style="margin-left:3.75pt;">The Chief Engineer on the Catskill Aqueduct was <strong>Jonas Waldo Smith</strong>, born in 1861 in Lincoln, Massachusetts.</p><p style="margin-left:3.75pt;">Now 2000 years ago, Sextus Julius Frontinus–one-time governor of the minor Roman province of Britain–had been appointed (in his retirement) Water Commissioner for the city of Rome. This was a position of consular rank that entailed responsibility for all Rome's water, conveyed into the capital via half a dozen major aqueducts, like <em>Aqua Marcia,</em> <em>Aqua Claudia, </em>and others.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:50:00 +0000 93600 at http://wamc.org David Nightingale: Jonas Waldo Smith David Nightingale: Metronidazole http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-metronidazole <p>The doctor wrote the prescription in that Sanskrit that pharmacists are fortunately familiar with, and I took it immediately to the drug store. The swelling on my nose had been pre-cancerous, and I didn't want to delay.</p><p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:50:00 +0000 David Nightingale 92568 at http://wamc.org David Nightingale: Alexander the Great http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-alexander-great <p></p><p>It's possible to go by train from London all the way to India, in principle, and it's also possible to go to India overland, in principle – especially with a four-wheel drive.&nbsp;After Europe, the train goes from Istanbul right across Turkey (with a ferry across huge Lake Van), right across Iran, right across Pakistan, and on to India.</p> Sun, 04 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 David Nightingale 89725 at http://wamc.org David Nightingale: Small Towns http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-small-towns <p>When considering a place to live, many people go for small towns, where there is frequently friendliness, trust, character and beauty. Additional qualities such as farmland, rivers, possibly mountains are all part of the mix, as are coffee shops, a book store, a library, maybe even a college campus. Fresh air is a plus – and maybe some trails for walking or biking.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 David Nightingale 88943 at http://wamc.org David Nightingale: A Coup In Turkey In 1963 http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-coup-turkey-1963 <p>There had been a roar, waking me up, and as I rubbed my eyes I realized there'd been a whole background of roars, which hadn't exactly been dreams.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:50:00 +0000 David Nightingale & Da 86947 at http://wamc.org David Nightingale: Fair Elections, Revisited http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-fair-elections-revisited <p>Our voting has slowly developed from 'white males' with property qualifications, to the inclusion of women (by the 19<sup>th</sup> Amendment of 1920). Now, in 2014, there are still privileged entities (read 'deep pocket corporations') attempting to sway our votes, and looking back, it's astonishing that so many countries in the world excluded so many groups.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:52:12 +0000 David Nightingale 85791 at http://wamc.org David Nightingale: Michael Faraday (1791-1867) http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-michael-faraday-1791-1867 <p>Among many people who have benefited humanity so permanently was the book binder's apprentice, Michael Faraday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His mother was a farmer's daughter, and his father was a blacksmith.</span></p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:45:00 +0000 David Nightingale 84379 at http://wamc.org David Nightingale: Michael Faraday (1791-1867) David Nightingale: Winter http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-winter <p>At five, &nbsp;I take the old farm path, past the horses.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sky is purple, with long stretches and swaths of other colors across the silent evening, one horizon to another. Some previous snow is still clinging to the north sides of barren trees, as well as lying on a few upper branches. Hard to believe there'll be greenery again, one day.</span></p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 83533 at http://wamc.org David Nightingale: James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-james-clerk-maxwell-1831-1879 <p>Every moment of every day, worldwide, we all&nbsp; realize one of the profound predictions of James Clerk Maxwell – which was that something called radio waves, traveling at the same speed as that of light, must exist.</p><p>There've<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> been other profound predictions in science of course – for example, astronomer Le </span>Verrier's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> prediction about where to find the planet Neptune.</span></p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 17:35:46 +0000 David Nightingale 83249 at http://wamc.org David Nightingale: James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)