Military Careers When Soldiers Wore Swords.

Military Careers When Soldiers Wore Swords. We love to adore the red-coated soldiers parading through our historical romances -- just think of Rupert Friend in Pride & Prejudice, or the dashing military friends in Four Feathers. But life in the military wasn't fun. Not even for the officers. Prepare to learn some not so romantic facts about

Wash Your Hands, Dammit!

Wash Your Hands, Dammit! It's pretty common and far easier to think of the "Victorian Era" as one unchanging snapshot in time, where the women wore pretty things and the men were all gentlemen and lords. The Victorian era, though, lasted 64 years, from 20 June, 1837 until Queen Victoria's death on 22 January, 1901​.  In

Kings, Over Kings and High Kings…Huh?

Kings, Over Kings and High Kings...Huh? If you've read even a little King Arthur fiction, then you've probably noticed that every second companion and lord in King Arthur's court is a king. Yet they're all bending the knee for Arthur...who is also a king. So how does that work? Is it just more of the

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Reading More Books, Keeping Your FitBit Happy, and more.

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

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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

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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