The Crumbling of Traditional and Historical Value: Handwritten Documents

The first recorded handwritten letter dates back to 500 BC from Persian Queen Atossa. Through the centuries, the writing material changed and progressed from cotton paper and goose quill pens to linen rags for paper and composite lead pencils. Our recorded history comes from many handwritten letters from kings, writers, adventurers, slaves, and many more. Through these letters, historians were […]

Freedom of Speech and Expression

This is a post I’m sharing from Laurette Long’s blog – Five Years On: November 13, 2015. It deserves repeating and sharing. I love Laurette’s posts because you always feel her passion whether you agree or not with the subject matter. She puts so much thought and facts into each post she shares. I’m so blessed to have met Laurette […]

Mass Hysteria Repeats

On this day in 1692, Governor William Phips wrote a letter ending the Salem Witch Trials. It still took many years before the courts deemed them unlawful and the accused families received their restitution. What prompted the Salem Witch Trials were a few girls claiming to be possessed and then naming others that practiced witchcraft. After a local doctor, treated […]

Happy Monday Morning!

I’ve been working on a short story for a site that provides you with the first line. You can’t change it in any way if you plan to submit it, but the story can be about anything. Based on the first line, I wanted to incorporate classic authors into the story, so I did some research. The three authors I […]

Marching Into March

March is here and as I type this post and look outside, I see rain-snow mix—the first snow we’ve had this year. It’s a month of promises for warmer weather and gardening, which is quite interesting since March was named after the Roman God of War, Mars. Militaries resumed their crusades after the interruption of winter. Do you know how […]

Simple Observations

In this post, you’ll find a book phrase, a lyric, a picture, and my own thoughts and interpretations of them and life. Followed by a joke, which I hope makes you laugh or at least puts a smile on your face. A Book – Darkness “The day was gray, the color of Europe.” —The Book Thief by Markus Zusak This […]

I’M WHAT?

I received my DNA test results from Ancestry, and boy, what a shocker! As I’ve stated before, I grew up thinking I was half German and half Lithuanian. Turns out, I’m a different person. LOL! It’s an eye opener, to say the least, and the results prove that, a) I’m not a Native American or Puritan, and b) I have […]

Much To Learn About Our Ancestors

I’ve really been getting into genealogy and history. While looking into my own ancestors, I’ve also been watching a few shows regarding genealogy, history, and travel. I’m addicted to House Hunters International. To me, it’s fascinating to hear why people decide to move to another country, whether alone, with a significant other, or as a family. Reasons range from taking […]

Banned Books Week

From September 23 to 29, it’s Banned Books Week, which raises public awareness of challenged and banned books—in support of freedom to seek and express ideas. Challenges to books are mainly in schools, bookstores, and libraries. I actually forgot about this week, until a blogger, Jeri Walker, posted about it on her blog. U.S. Book Banning History During the 1600s, […]

Still Celebrating

Today is the continuation of my birthday celebration. If you missed the first post, click here to check out how things began. The day after my birthday, we decided to go to Salzburg, Austria. I assumed Salzburg was a smaller city like Cesky, but it’s fairly big. The weather was hot and the tourism ran high. This was the least […]