Recently, a relatively wealthy woman wrote to Dear Prudence to whine that she has to give candy to poor kids. Here is the letter: Dear Prudence, I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets—mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks… Read more The Grinch That Stole Trick-or-Treating
This is not a post about how young women, or even girls, are encouraged to be “sexy” on Halloween by revealing the absolute maximum of flesh and turning themselves into fetish objects. Nope. This is a post to simply acknowledge just how far costume manufactures will go to make a “sexy” costume. Behold! It is… Read more “Sexy” Halloween Costumes
I am, I confess, a big ol’ fan of marine life. I love to go to Aquariums. Love it. I am entranced by sea life. Take me whale watching and you can see me faint with happiness. Find me an otter and hear me squee with joy. Thus, I think it appropriate that I salute… Read more Happy 30th Birthday Monterey Aquarium!
Today is the birthday of Edward of Westminster (or Lancaster), the son of king Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou. He was the touchstone for the War of the Roses and the only heir apparent to the English throne to be killed in battle. Edward of Lancaster should have been king Edward IV when his… Read more Prince Edward of Lancaster
Trim Castle, in County Meath, is a very picturesque pile of ruins nowadays: However, in it’s heyday (the 12th to 16th centuries; so a paltry 400+ years) it was the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It held a strategically important position because stood guard over a fording point across the River Boyne. The River… Read more Trim Castle & St. Mary’s Abbey
This may be the cutest video in the history of cute videos of baby animals! Watch what happens when the baby falls down on his cute little tushie: His mother and “aunt” rush to his aid and then start, for lack of a better way of describing it, kissing the boo-boo and making it better.… Read more Look at this Baby Elephant!!!
My husband and I were lucky enough to visit Newgrange when we were in Ireland last year. It’s a passage tomb that was “built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley … Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200… Read more Newgrange: A Prehistoric Wonder of Ireland
I have noticed that other historical bloggers, especially those who live in the European Union, frequently post pictures of castles and historical landmarks they have seen. This is harder to do for me, inasmuch as I have rarely left the country. Worse, when I do go visit somewhere interesting, my photographic records are more piquant… Read more Visiting Dublin
My husband, sweet man that he is, has been on the lookout for a wooly bear caterpillar for me so I can hazard as guess as to the winter weather in our neck of the woods. Today, he called me as I was returning from taking our daughter Buttercup to preschool. Hubby: I found a… Read more Wooly Bear v/s Yellow Bear
Today is the first day of autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere), and it feels like it here in Bloomington, Indiana. The trees have about 1%-5% of their leaves with at least a tinge of color, and it’s sunny but cool. It’s one of those days that feels so perfect (to me) that it could have… Read more Happy Fall Equinox!