Last Week in Review

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It’s been an interesting week, and since it has led to a delay in my publication schedule as well as contributed to future content, I’ve decided to share some of the details with you in this brief post.

Let’s start with the bad news. I broke my hand while hiking on Sunday. It was unpleasant, but we handled the situation very well, didn’t panic when my hand swelled to the size of a water balloon, and treated the injury adequately. While I’m not exactly pleased about the injury, I am pleased at how both Clarissa and I reacted to the accident. I’m also happy that I can make a positive out of a negative, and will use the accident to help flesh out some content I’m working on including posts on First Aid and Emergency Preparedness, as well as Risk Assessment and Management. There is still a lot of research and writing to do on these topics, so you may not see the finished content until the new year, but it is coming.

On Monday I got my first ever cast. I’m not a fan, but I’m managing. I’ve never liked when I’m not able to take care of myself, so relying on Clarissa to a lot more stuff for me than usual is difficult.

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Apparently I suck at everything left handed, and this hunk of fiberglass itches like hell. But, every time I get too whiny, I try to remind myself that my sister wore a plaster cast on her leg several summers in a row as a kid, and my friend Heather had casts on both hands when she broke both her wrists simultaneously. It doesn’t stop the itching, but it does give me a little perspective. I’m also grateful that I’ve got a wife who is willing to be as helpful as mine is. I chose wisely.

One of the benefits of my current job is that sometimes we get to check out how other organizations are successfully exhibiting history. It’s like field trips, but we get paid for it and can choose where to eat lunch. It’s pretty great. On Wednesday, we went to both the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

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They’re right next to one another in West Branch Iowa. For a guy with a few degrees in history, I have to admit that I was incredibly ignorant when it comes to the 31st President of the United States, so I really learned a lot on this trip. Though many derided Hoover for his apparent hands-off approach to the Great Depression, few were aware of how busy he actually was trying to forestall lay offs and wage cuts. While FDR is known for the New Deal, few realize that Hoover initiated an unprecedented number of public works programs. Considering that he may also be one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century, I think it’s safe to say that Hoover gets a bad rap as far as popular history goes.

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I also want to take this opportunity to emphasize how important it is to take advantage of our National Parks, National Forests, National Historic Sites, as well as our State Parks. I recommend visiting them as often as possible! Look to see what’s nearby on Google, or check out the information at the National Park Service’s Find Your Park site.

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On Wednesday night, I selected the winner of my first giveaway; my new friend Alicia¬†will be the recipient of a sweet Cotopaxi Luzon for sharing this sweet photo of the Poet’s Table in the Black Hills.

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Thanks to everyone who entered, and keep checking back, I’m planning on having another giveaway before the month is up!

The rest of the week (and the weekend) has been pretty quiet; I started an online course about human interaction with forests, and I’ve slowly been writing. I’m having trouble being so inactive; I can’t get too rowdy with this cast on, unfortunately. It won’t be on for long, however, and after it’s off, expect more adventures, more posts, and more sweet photos! For now, if you want to help me by letting me live vicariously through you, share one of your recent adventures in the comments, and as always, stay intrepid.

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