Author Archives: Aya Katz

About Aya Katz

Aya Katz is the administrator of Pubwages. When she is not busy administering, she sometimes also writes posts like a regular user.

Abstract Language

On October 19, 2013, on my other site, HistoriaObscura,com, I published what I consider an important paper dealing with the basic issues concerning authentication of the Journal of Jean Laffite. Was the Journal of Jean Laffite an Original, a Copy … Continue reading

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Olivia Dahl – Ethics of Vaccination

Olivia Twenty Dahl was one of the children of author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal. She was born on April 20, 1955 and died on November 17, 1962 of encephalitis caused by the rubella virus. The tragedy of her … Continue reading

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Forgotten Art

Sometimes when we are looking for something we have misplaced, we come across something else that we have forgotten all about. That’s what happened to me one morning. I was looking for gumdrops in the kitchen cabinets and instead I … Continue reading

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Aaron Burr

Aaron Burr was the third vice president of the United States. That was the highest office to which he attained, though if he had not been kept from it by the Spanish spy James Wilkinson, he might one day have … Continue reading

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Knowing People

Would you recognize your friends without their bodies? If you were talking to someone on the phone, and it was one of your friends, would you still recognize them even if their voice did not sound the same? When receiving … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as talent? And if so what is it? What does it mean to be talented at something? What does it mean if you are not that talented? This topic came up the other night in … Continue reading

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What would a choice by the people look like in a political context? Would it mean that the people, each individually, gather together in rooms, in their own communities, hash out what they would like to vote for, and then … Continue reading

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The Monarch Butterfly and the Thistle Flower

For years, I have been seeking in vain for a clear view of the elusive Monarch butterfly.  Only this year, with the milkweed on the the decline and the thistle on the ascendancy, did I get a good, close look … Continue reading

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The Meaning of The Comforters by Rudyard Kipling

Last night, on my “Fans of Rudyard Kipling” fan page on Facebook, I had a message from  a fan of Kipling’s poetry who lives in India. “Sir, Can you please explain the poem ‘The Comforters’ of our dear Rudyard Kipling?I … Continue reading

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Belly Lying

When you were born, there were no rules about how a baby was supposed to be positioned in the crib. Sometimes you slept on your belly. Sometimes you slept on your back. There was usually a blanket covering you. There … Continue reading

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