Author Archives: benmangel

Coed Scouting comes to America

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Boy Scouts of America announced plans to become a coeducational scouting organization, following in the footsteps of many national scouting organizations worldwide. Admittedly, there are some flaws in the plan, the most glaring of which … Continue reading

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From widget-making to automation

I’ve promised myself that I would write for the longest time, and it seems that one distraction leads to another. Then months pass. So, now that I have a natural break in submitting resumes and doing other projects, I find … Continue reading

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In remembrance of a grandfather

In many countries outside the United States, July 4 appears indistinguishable from any other day. There are a few countries that mark national celebrations on or near this day: Canada has its celebration of what amounts to its effective separation … Continue reading

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Family Histories of the First Ten Eagle Scouts of BSA Troop 401 Chief Seattle Council (Auburn, Washington)

Auburn, Washington, in 1923 appeared in writing to be no more than a simple railroad junction. Sitting in the middle of some of King County’s most valued farmlands, the town was serviced by both steam train and an electric interurban … Continue reading

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The world… over another cup of coffee

Before rambling my way through my view of the world, I wanted to take a few paragraphs to share my latest preferred method of staying awake. It’s supplanted Starbucks venti mochas and energy drinks (both too costly) and, for the … Continue reading

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Places in History: Sketches of past lives taken from a shared family tree

At the end of 2010, when I accepted an offer to join the curator community on Geni.com, I was in the middle of a personal project to collect history from everywhere I had traveled, and to put it all into … Continue reading

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Another attempt to jumpstart my muse

It’s been awhile, but sometimes I’m inspired to write. These days, it seems like it’s mostly memory that serves as my muse. Central Europe is awash with faded impressions of important events of my young adult past. It’s a place … Continue reading

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