Monthly Archives: May 2011

One invention that changed the map

When you look at a map of the United States it is very obvious that the states in the east and west were cut by completely different jigsaw patterns.   On the east coast we have states that are small with … Continue reading

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Virginia and its floating finger

Among the goofy little quirks of our states is a chunk of a peninsula at the bottom of Maryland’s territory that actually belongs to Virginia.  It’s like a finger of land that hangs off of Maryland and whose residents peer … Continue reading

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Maryland’s skinny neck

Maryland surely must have one of the oddest shapes of all of our states.  The ultra skinny panhandle and the split lower wing with a flared end can’t possibly be the way the state was originally planned.  And, in fact, … Continue reading

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How Pennsylvania was born

William Penn was an English real estate entrepreneur, a philosopher, and a Quaker.   In 1681 King Charles II,  heavily involved in expanding his empire to the New World, handed over present day Pennsylvania to William Penn to pay off an … Continue reading

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Turn your kids into writers

This is just a brief time out from blogging about my new book. One of the things I like to talk to kids about when I make author visits is how much storytelling they already do, even if they never … Continue reading

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Is Rhode Island even an island?

At first glance it may seem odd that a state that is not an island has the word “island” in its name.  Even odder is that the full legal name of Rhode Island is:  The State of Rhode Island and … Continue reading

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