Kevin, I hope the presentation goes well. Glad it will ease some of the pressure.

Today, in class students learned the four regions into which historians often arrange the first thirteen colonies: New England, Middle, Chesapeake, and Southern Colonies. &#74 We are preparing to compare farming, industries, and trade among the various colonies. Tomorrow I hope to get into ship building and whaling. The news story about the whale exploding lead to some interesting discussion of Moby Dick and an interest in whaling. Last week we had an interesting class in which I read aloud the poem by Phillis Wheatley called “On Being Brought from Africa to America.”

‘Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,

Taught my benighted soul to understand

That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:

Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.

Some view our sable race with scornful eye,

“Their colour is a diabolic die.”

Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,

May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

This lead to some interesting discussion of Christianity, Puritanism, hell and race.

One more interesting anecdote that some of you may have already read. I thought this was a funny record: “On February 10, the rover Spirit traveled almost 70 feet (21 meters), the longest distance covered by a rover in one day on the surface of Mars. Spirit’s drive covered three times the distance that its predecessor, Sojourner, ever drove in a day. Spirit drove across the Gusev Crater toward a crater nicknamed ‘Bonneville,’ about 800 feet (240 meters) from where the rover originally landed.”

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