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A wife dragged her husband into Nasruddin’s courtroom.

“He bit my ear!” she shouted.

“You bit your own ear!” the husband shouted back at her.

“Impossible!” the wife replied. “Nobody can bite their own ear.”

Nasruddin called for a recess and went into his chambers. He tried to bite his own ear, but only succeeded in falling down and bruising his forehead.

Nasruddin returned to the courtroom. “Check the wife: does she have bruises on her forehead?”

There were no bruises.

“I therefore conclude the wife did not bite her own ear,” said Nasruddin. “The husband is guilty as charged.”

This Tale is from “Tiny Tales of Nasruddin” by Laura Gibbs. The book is licensed under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. © 2019-2022 Laura Gibbs.

Between the period of initial colonial settlement and the American Revolution, a period of over 70 years, England and France fought four wars for control of the North American continent. This book focuses on these successive wars.
This is the third book in the Mainstream In America series which is very readable history. Some of the authors are from academia but so far the books have avoided the academic cant. Recommended.Edward Hamilton has reconstructed this amazing story of wilderness, forts and weapons. He takes the reader through each successive war with a surgeon’s precision, utilizing some of the best maps ever constructed to detail the magnitude of the European engagement being fought on North American soil. Vital, thrilling and fascinating, the French and Indian Wars culminated an age old rivalry and set the stage for years to come. In the long view, this excellent account shows us exactly why we speak English today instead of French. — Customer review @ Amazon

I have not given up on creating a slideshow using the digitized 110 slides but it has been a struggle. I had created a slideshow but it was in the order that the 110 slides had been scanned which was not what I wanted. The morning when I had the flare I threw them all away and was going to start over. Then the flare intervened and I had no desire to go back to the task. These past few days I have been at it again but like Penelope weaving a burial shroud for Odysseus’s elderly father I have been undoing the following day what I did before. I’ll get there but getting slides in the order you want for the slideshow is best done prior to scanning them.

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