Category Archives: History

Queen Vicky

The portrait of Queen Victoria sat morosely on a wares shelf against the west wall of the Goodwill Store. I knew right away that Queen Vicky was coming home with me. The portrait was, by far, one of the most … Continue reading

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Kristallnacht

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”–George Santayana. The philosopher could well have added that there are those who use history as their play-book. Through officialdom’s winks and nods, the extreme acts of vandalism and arson … Continue reading

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Feeling Cranky

One of the Ancient Roman superstitions concerned getting up on the wrong side of the bed. The left side was inauspicious and the right side was auspicious. If an ancient Roman citizen climbed out of his bed on the left, … Continue reading

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Fancy Glass …Floral Friday

Early experimentation with glass and the use of color in it probably began around 3500 BCE in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The early glass-makers discovered that certain substances, when added to molten glass, produced attractive colors. Since that time, we humans … Continue reading

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Happy Native American Day

Sometimes as I write the name of my home state, I remember its etymology. Nebraska originated from the Oto People, it means “flat water”. The first recorded use of the name was John Fremont’s 1842 reference to “Nebraska” as the … Continue reading

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Ego Tripping

The Leo male is the “King of the Zodiac”. The Leo manages to find himself in the limelight more frequently than not. The way to infuriate the Leo is to snub him. The Leo’s main attribute and also his biggest … Continue reading

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Dear Diary

Through the years, my diaries have been cheap, student style spiral notebooks with lined pages. I’ve never wanted those cute bound booklets that have locks and keys. The past five years or so, I’ve graduated to using bound “empty” books … Continue reading

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