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This blog will now be called Magnetic Declinations: John Reisinger’s blog exploring the obscure corners of history, writing, and other things. The new address is johnreisinger.net Come check it out! Advertisements

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The secrets of structures hiding in plain sight

This time of year, many people in the frozen north think of a trip to the tropics. One place that is convenient and well endowed with palm trees and beaches is The Bahamas, and its capitol, Nassau. Each day, cruise … Continue reading

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The strange journey of an Empress

At the Pope’s Tavern Museum a small, out of the way place in Florence, Alabama, amid the Civil War relics and antique furniture, a visitor suddenly encounters an exquisite bisque bust of a European woman from the 1800s. The bust … Continue reading

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Rumrunners and book pushers

If you are a writer, you never know who is looking at your stuff and how they are reacting, but sometimes it leads in unexpected directions. Here I am a couple of weeks ago, talking about Chesapeake Bay rumrunners at … Continue reading

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Papers, please

Let’s say you have some money in the bank, have your suitcase packed, and are ready to see the world. Your passport is up to date and you are ready to go. The world is at your feet. Not so … Continue reading

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Dashing through the snow

Thousand Islands Life online magazine has just published an article I wrote telling the story of a little known prisoner of war escape attempt across the ice of the frozen St Lawrence River in 1942. I corresponded with the escapee, … Continue reading

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The long journey of a Mustang Boss

The Ford Mustang has always been popular among car enthusiasts and collectors. One of the most desirable and rare is the 1969 “Boss” edition, especially with a monster 429 cubic inch engine. Only a little more than a thousand were … Continue reading

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