Lady Jane Grey Dudley ruled England from July 10 – July 19, 1553. One of the best biographies of her life and reign that I have ever read, Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, was by the incomparable Eric Ives and I strongly, strongly recommend it. Queen Jane was named as the heir to the… Read more Day 2 of the Nine Days Queen
On this day in history Henry VIII annulled his marriage to Anna of Cleves, a woman who is often remembered for the horrible nickname he gave her – The Great Flanders Mare. Henry’s side of the story was that she wasn’t pretty enough, but the reality is she just busted his ego up something fierce.… Read more The Great Flanders Mare
As you all have doubtless heard, the SCOTUS recently found in favor of Hobby Lobby in Sebelius v/s Hobby Lobby. In a nutshell, Hobby Lobby can now offer health insurances that does not cover women’s contraceptives. Some people think this is about abortion. Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green wrote in an open letter… Read more Facts About Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby
America is having some issues, a lot of which stem from the rampant inequality that is causing socioeconomic havoc. Inequality, the gap between the haves and the have-not-as-much and the have-nots, is measured by the “the Gini coefficient, a formula that measures the distribution of income across a population. The closer a Gini number is… Read more Disturbing Inequality
Henry VIII was born 28 June 1491, and it seems as though people have been talking about him ever since. Very few people in the Western world haven’t at least heard of Henry VIII. Odds are good that at some time they have seen the famous portrait of the bloated, middle-aged King, with his arms… Read more Happy Birthday Henry!
There are many people in Great Britain that view the royal family as obsolete and, worst of all, a drain on taxpayers. Largely, arguments against the monarchy come down to money. Even though it works out to 56 pence a person, that’s still Â£35.7 million ($60.6 million, 44.5 million euros) of taxpayer money. So the… Read more A Fiscal Argument for the English Monarchy
Here we go again with the sensationalizing of wonky data, although the researcher in this case may be as culpable as the reporter. Apparently, a study is asserting that woman “who got pregnant naturally and successfully birthed their last child after age 33 were twice as likely to live to age 95 compared to those… Read more Older Moms Live Longer?
Having a kid with Autism Spectrum Disorder, from high-functioning Aspy’s who can pass for “quirky” with a little help to ASD issues to the point of non-verbal and non-functioning, is expensive. A recent study has looked at just how much it can cost to have a child on the spectrum, and the answer was as… Read more High Cost of Autism
I recently bought Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway’s new book, George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier & Diplomat, and I was very glad I did. The blurb for the book promises a lot of information: “George Boleyn has gone down in history as being the brother of the ill-fated Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry… Read more Review of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier & Diplomat
I had a bad back molar. Thanks to persistent vomiting for 28 weeks during my pregnancy with Blossom, the enamel weakened and I got a cavity. Thanks to being broke with no dental insurance and no way to pay the co-pay on dental insurance, this cavity ran amok for a couple of years. Once insured,… Read more Oil of Cloves for Toothache