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Monday's Facebook live session was a doozy. 1) Comments worked!  I cannot tell you how awkward it felt, the week before, when I couldn't see everyone's comments. I had not realized how much the FB live sessions were a two-way street until then. So I was very relieved when the first comment showed up. (I think that

2018-12-11T08:09:32+00:00Wednesday, December 12, 2018|Categories: Fun Stuff, Historical Stuff, Reading, Videos|Tags: , , , , |

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women If you live in a western, democratic nation, you likely think that violence against women is comparatively low in your country. You are almost certainly underestimating how much violence women face, even in your country. A 2013 study on violence against women in Australia

2018-11-09T11:00:40+00:00Sunday, November 25, 2018|Categories: Historical Stuff, Watch Out - I'm Ranting|Tags: |

The 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

  I normally mark Remembrance Day each year, but this year is special. World War I, the Great War, was not the deadliest war in history. It wanted wasn’t even the second most deadliest. In a list of total casualties, World War I comes eighth! So why is so much fuss made about World War

Day of the Dead

"Halloween" just slides off the tongue.  When you read the word or hear it, you think kids, silly costumes, pumpkins and candy.  Or, if you have my addiction, you think, "candy, candy, candy, candy, candy...!" The word Halloween, though, is a shortened form of "All Hallows' Eve".  That is, the evening before All Hallows' Day...or,

A High-Stress Marathon, Even For Me.

I honestly didn't think I'd manage to pull this off. A few weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that November 11 this year is the one hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day -- known as Remembrance Day by many western countries. As a history nut, I was appalled I had nearly missed this significant

i have seen the writing on the wall… (2018 Edition)

I am immersed in significant historical dates this week.  Later in the week or next week I will be talking about a project based upon another historical event which consumed nearly a week of my time and *nothing* else got done while I finished it...but it was so worth the headaches and sleep deprivation. The

2018-10-02T08:06:35+00:00Wednesday, October 3, 2018|Categories: Historical Stuff, My Life|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A Gargoyle of a Different Nature…

I love paisley patterns. Paisley fabric is out of fashion these days, but in Victorian times it was hugely popular. The teardrop shape with the curl at the top originated in Persia. However, textile manufacturers in the Victorian era adopted the pattern. The most popular garments using the paisley patten were shawls, called Kashmir shawls,

2018-09-02T11:35:15+00:00Wednesday, September 5, 2018|Categories: Historical Stuff|Tags: , , , |