The Anvil’s Ring

The Anvil’s Ring: Tradition!

By John O’Connell, MontanaHistorian.com

I’m a great one for tradition but only the ones that have meaning behind them. Let me explain.

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The Anvil’s Ring: Scaling Mount Olympus

By John O’Connell, MontanaHistorian.com

I wrote this before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and forgot to post it while glued to television and press reports of the horrific events going on in a part of the world we here in the US pay so little attention to. If this post seems trivial in light of current events I apologize.

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The Anvil’s Ring: Let The Actual Expert Speak

As Opposed To The Keyboard Experts

Posted by John O’Connell, MontanaHistorian.com

Tom Nichols is an American writer and academic who taught at the US Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. He is an expert on Russia, nuclear weapons and national security affairs.

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The Anvil’s Ring: Watch Out For Them English

By John O’Connell, MontanaHistorian.com

No, despite the title I’m not going to write about the Amish.( Still, if you haven’t seen Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis in the movie Witness, you really should.)

The Anvil’s Ring: You Have To Start Somewhere/Sometime

By John O’Connell, MontanaHistorian.com

Forgive me. I know it’s been too long since I posted anything in Montana Historian, but I have an explanation. (That sounds much better than “an excuse” doesn’t it?)

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Primal in the Grass

By John O’Connell, MontanaHistorian.com

O’Connell photo

We at Montana Historian recently returned from an overnight trip to Yellowstone Park and Island Park, Idaho. I had an idea about an article. Yellowstone tourists and railroads. We discovered it’s a large topic and we needed to break it down into smaller bites for our readers. To that end we focused on the Union Pacific Railroad line from Saint Anthony, Idaho to West Yellowstone, Montana and how their transportation of tourists helped change this part of Montana forever.

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The Answer is in the Past

By John O’Connell, MontanaHistorian.com

“You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, through decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.” (Excerpt of a letter to the people of the United States by Congressman John Lewis. Published on the occasion of his death, July 30, 2020)

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