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Do you Have What It Takes to Be the Lord of Misrule?

If you’re looking for some seasonal work, you might want to try for the Lord of Misrule. Of course, you’ll have to travel back in time, anywhere between the 13th and 16th centuries would be best. Relocation to Britain, Ireland, or Newfoundland may be required. Positions can be attained at estates, royal courts, and even big name colleges such as Oxford and Cambridge. Please be aware the job is also known…

Big Mistakes Don’t Mean You Won’t Make It Big

Success. It’s something most parents want for their children. It doesn’t matter when or where you live, no parent wants to see their child struggle. Of course people define success differently. Take the Vikings for example. Success for them  included going out into the world and doing some really great looting and conquering. That’s how it went for Bjorn Ironsides, anyway. Hairy Britches and his son Vikings were sort…

Louis XIV And The Triumph Of The Big Wigs

  Hair. As women we obsess over it. We slather it with products to make it bouncy, shiny, straight or curly. Back in the 80’s some of us were even mean enough to tease it. It’s not just us though, men are just as guilty. Maybe they don’t discuss it as much as we do, but they’re smart enough to understand we ladies appreciate a well-groomed…

AMAZING DISCOVERY: Children Grow In Gardens

  It’s 1837 and Friedrich Froebel is planting a garden in Germany. He’s been working on it for several years, sowing, weeding, and fertilizing. Only it is just now beginning to bloom. There are no daisies, or tomatoes, or even pumpkins in Friedrich’s garden. This garden is an “experimental social experience.”¹  You see, its children he’s trying to grow an his garden is kindergarten. Friedrich…

Borgia 101: Welcome to Borgialand

Part 2 Last week on Borgia 101: Rodrigo Borgia became Pope, Della Rovere was seething, and the Borgia kids were so excited they were doing the chicken dance. When in Rome . . . Now as we said before nepotism was a common thing among the Roman clergy at the time. There was a two-fold benefit to this. If you were able to stuff the college of Cardinals with friends and family, your position was much safer…