“Longitude” by Dava Sobel offers a fascinating history of space, time, politics, science, intrigue on the high seas, and more — one of my favorite reads!

Hard to believe that little more than 250 years ago ships were wandering around the oceans with no accurate means to determine longitude. I recently, for the second time, read the book “Longitude” by Dava Sobel (foreword by Neil Armstrong). The story is beautifully written, giving us more than a glimpse into the lives, minds,…

Grandpa’s scrapbooks

A career US Marine who served in China and Korea after enlisting at age 14, my grandpa Albert Tidwell finally retired from military service in the late 1950s. He then became a teacher, professional writer, authored several books and wrote a weekly column in his local newspapers. He was a brilliant — and hilarious — storyteller…