Thankfully, the Troubles are over, mostly.

My interest stems partly from being a descendant of immigrants from Northern Ireland, Ulster Presbyterians.


I’ve been wondering about the name August, the Germanic form of Augustus. It is prominent among my maternal grandfather’s family.

Augustus II the Strong (German: August II. der Starke) | His great physical strength earned him the nicknames the Strong, the Saxon Hercules and Iron-Hand.

My great grandfather was Albert August Fromke. His younger brother was August L. Fromke. Albert’s wife was Augusta Wilhelmina Lentz.

I am hoping to learn about why this was such a strong tradition in Germany. There is many a German prince with the name and a few princesses too.

There’s Augustus the Strong, born in Dresden and elected King of Poland. There’s Augustus the Third, son of Augustus the Strong who also became King of Poland.

Then, there’s Augustus the Younger. He had the largest collection of books and manuscripts north of the Alps. There is Augustus d’Este, a grandson of King George III of Great Britain.

It all goes back to Augustus, Elector of Saxony. And, of course, before him, there was Rome. The first Roman emperor is known as Augustus.


On the Hunt for Another


I took one of these once and put it up in my apartment. It’s a great poster. I need to get another one. I wonder if any are on eBay. (Yes, yes, I know stealing is wrong. It was a big color copy of the original, from a laser printer, probably from Kinko’s, hanging outside a convenience store.)


“Though they carried with them the baggage of a past they could not shed…”

“Though they carried with them the baggage of a past they could not shed, a past that bound all the exploring millions of immigrants together, they hoped America would be different, and yearned that it prove so.”

I’ve deleted one word from this quotation by the intrepid journalist Teddy White in his autobiography In Search of History: A Personal Adventure.

The word in question? Jewish. There’s simply no need to limit this sentiment to one group, though as it applies to Mr. White and all Jews I don’t want to diminish. The quote applies to all, every immigrant to America, regardless of background, irrespective of religion.



The original is “…all the exploring millions of Jewish immigrants together…”

Hot, hot, hot! Or as my niece says, “Too spicy.” It burns. 🔥

That’s how she refers to toothpaste that is too powerful. I’ve been reminded of this because I have been occasionally using a brand that has shocking oomph to it. It burns my mouth, much like a mouthwash. After brushing my tongue I have to douse my mouth with water, which I usually don’t do after brushing. I just spit. I don’t rinse. I don’t know why I started doing this, but now it’s a habit, a ritual, a routine.