*NB – this was supposed to go out yesterday but Fun With Kids happened instead* On the last week in May of 1553 Lady Jane Grey married Lord Guilford Dudley, the fourth son of the duke of Northumberland (John Dudley), at the urging of the increasingly ill King Edward VI. Contrary to myth, there is… Read more Lady Jane Grey Marries
Oh, what fun. I just found a “dubious”charge on my credit card and the phone number for the “merchant” listed goes straight to voice mail. My credit card company is handling it (Yay Team USAA!) and the charge is being removed, but my card has been shut down for security reasons and a NEW card… Read more My Credit Card Was Hacked
Amy Licence and I are now inviting proposals for papers to be included in a multidisciplinary edited volume entitled Envisioning the Tudor Woman: Historical and Modern Representations of Women from the Tudor Era. The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 1, 2015. Papers must be between 8000 – 10,000 words in length and focus… Read more Call for Papers on Tudor Women
It’s May 19th, the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution. I thought today would be a good day to offer an excerpt from my book The Jezebel Effect: Why the Slut Shaming of Famous Queens Still Matters about Anne’s enduring and unjustified reputation as a home-wrecking whore: Bearing the historical facts in mind, what exactly did… Read more For Anne Boleyn
Five biker gangs made up of mostly white dudes had a brawl yesterday in Waco, TX. Nine men were killed and at least 18 were injured in the affray. This was not a little rumpus. These were armed criminals shooting and stabbing each other in broad daylight next door to innocent families. Moreover, the gang… Read more White on White Violence is a “Melee”
Well, I’ll be darned like a sock. Astrologers are at least partially right; a new scientific study published today in the peer-reviewed journal Comprehensive Psychology shows it turns out people actually ARE influenced by the day of their birth. The article, “Astrology as a culturally transmitted heuristic scheme for understanding seasonality effects: a response to… Read more The Science Behind Astrology?
A few years ago, great brouhaha ensued when mystery writer Robert Galbraith was “outed” as none other than JK Rowling by the best friend of a wife of one of Rowling’s solicitors. Considering the massive fallout for the solicitor over this, I am assuming that best friend is no longer welcomed in his home. I… Read more Robert Galbraith’s Mysteries
In case you weren’t on the planet and hadn’t heard about it yet, the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a daughter named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The little girl is fourth in line to the throne of England, and unlike heirs of the past has no need to worry about the violent and murderous… Read more Royal Babies and Remembrances
I am obsessed with fairness. I admit it. I am a “social justice warrior”; I want everyone to have the same rights and protections both legally and socially. Mea Culpa. I am also obsessed with accuracy and facts: AKA the truth. It drives me bananas to see either truth or justice subverted. Needless to say,… Read more Shoddy Reporting, and Media Messaging
My little Chinese crested powder-puff dog is lost. The silly fluff-ball found a way out of the backyard last night and zipped away into the dark. I’ve called the animal shelters and animal control to report him as missing, looked on Craig’s list to see if anyone had found him, and posted it on Facebook… Read more Oh Where Could My Little Dog Be?