March 1st is YOUR Day to be Gloriously Stinky

    Every Nation has its symbols. Russia has the double-headed eagle, symbols of power and domination, while India has a tiger to represent strength and elegance. Belgium—which in my opinion should have a box of chocolates—has a lion and a crown on their coat of arms. Wales has a leek.       Ode to the Leek Oh, marvelous leek, your sophistication outshines your relatives; onion and garlic. Your long green…

5 Crazy Courtship Rituals from the 1900’s

  Here we are again, it’s that time of year when chocolate hearts rule the world and florists try to convince men that their love is better expressed by the dozen.  Of course it’s a good time for marriage proposals as well. “And he did it on Valentine’s day!” will be said over and over by the soon-to-be-bride who flaunts her ring to anyone…

When it was Scary to be Hairy

Hair. If you’re female it’s great on your head, but we don’t really want it anywhere else. We’ve gotten pretty good at getting rid of it too, and for the most part it’s not that hard . . . now. But what about women in the past? How did they get rid of offensive hair before they had the luxury of day spas and disposable razors?  Did they…

The Sea Monster That Threatened the Netherlands

On a fall day in the year 1730, in the Dutch province of Zeeland, a most vile and vicious invader was found. Had he been a lone invader he might have been subdued. Unfortunately, the villain brought reinforcements.Too many in fact, for the Dutch to fight off. Oh sure, the malefactor and his friends were small and on the surface unintimidating. They didn’t have guns, or bombs, or even bows and arrows…

The Joy and Magic of the Pig: Are You Missing Out?

What’s your opinion of pigs? Do you like them better when their small and dainty, or do you prefer big and chunky? How about with wings? Never seen a winged pig? Where I live they come out every Christmas. There are winged pigs made of porcelain, fabric, candy, and my personal favorite big wire-framed light up pigs for the yard. Now, some might wonder how and when the pig got promoted from…