Although the general public remembers Henry VIII as a tart-chasing tartar, many modern historians such as Lacey Baldwin Smith have defended the king as a rather “prudish” man with more wives than mistresses. In her new book, The Six Wives & Many Mistresses of Henry VIII: The Women’s Stories, Amy Licence disagrees. She argues that… Read more The Six Wives & Many Mistresses of Henry VIII: The Women’s Stories
As many of you have already read on my webpage, I take something called Plexus for my fibromyalgia pain. I talked my friend Laura, who has been plagued by some health issues, into trying it too. Not only has she had the health issues clear up, she is very happy about the “melting” effect Plexus… Read more Yay Lora!
Inequality is bad for societies. When too much money is funneled to the top, there is not enough left circulating at the bottom to create a robust economy. Not very long ago I stumbled across this chart, which indicates modern inequality is beginning to look positively feudal: I don’t think the chart is strictly accurate.… Read more Resistance is Feudal?
It is Guy Fawkes Night in Great Britain tonight! In a nutshell, Guy Fawkes Night, “is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed… Read more Bonfire Night Delight
My daughters went trick-or-treating on Halloween, but thanks to the frigid air, driving sleet, and spitting snow they only hit a few houses before scurrying home to get warm. There was a better chance of frost bite than vampire bite. Moreover, their costumes were covered by coats, scarfs, hats, and mittens. They looked like they… Read more Halloween Shivers Were No Treat
I was looking for something scary to post for Halloween when I saw that the criminal investigation of the teenaged gang rapists from New Zealand known as the Roast Busters, “a group of young men in West Auckland who picked up girls (most of whom were underage, some as young as 13), gave them alcohol,… Read more A Real Horror Story
First, if you are not in Sierra Leone or Liberia and/or you are not a health worker treating Ebola cases then your chances of catching the Ebola virus are exceedingly slim. So please stop panicking. The hysteria over Ebola isn’t helping. Having been in high school during the 1980’s, it reminds me a lot of… Read more Greed, Ebola, and “Lives Worth Saving”
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!