Then for dessert: Eric’s olive oil ice cream with hot fudge, made not with an ice cream maker but with a can of sweetened condensed milk, which I sometimes eat by the spoonful when no one is looking. Alternate plan for any condensed milk leftovers: Vietnamese iced coffee, made with decaf if I’m sipping it after dinner.
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As Michael Levenson reported in The New York Times, stormy weather on Lake Huron was once so bad that the waters of Thunder Bay, off the Michigan coast, were known as “Shipwreck Alley.” The discovery of a remarkably well-preserved vessel that sank there in 1894 confirms an old, heartbreaking story. “It is hard to call it a shipwreck,” said Jeff Gray, superintendent of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. “It’s a ship, sitting on the bottom, fully intact, and the lifeboat there, literally, is a moment frozen in time.”
A different kind of catastrophe, a perfect storm of economics and demographics, is driving American colleges to reduce their humanities programs. As a former English major, I was both dismayed and buoyed by Nathan Heller’s article in The New Yorker this week, on “The End of the English Major.” As Heller writes, humanities degrees develop key skills. “I think the future belongs to the humanities,” one engineering professor said. Whether or not courses in English, philosophy or history will continue to be taught exactly the way they have for a century, they have long-term benefits, Heller argues, and applications across a variety of careers. Gray, of the Thunder Bay sanctuary, whose aim is to make his “community a better place to live and to visit” through archaeology, majored in maritime history.
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