Borgia 101: A New Pope . . .The Saga Begins

PART ONE Nothing says happy home life like a little blackmail, sexual depravity, and gratuitous killing. Well, if your last name is Borgia that is. The list of bad behaviors for the Borgias includes incest, orgies, poisoning—heck, if it’s possible, there’s probably a rumor they did it.  What, however, in the tangled web of speculation and innuendo is true and what’s not? Let’s take a closer…

What You Don’t Know About Rocking Chairs

What’s your feeling on rocking chairs?  It’s a strange question, but think about it. More than likely if you search through the cobwebs in your mind there’s a memory waiting to be dusted off.  Maybe your mama rocked you to sleep on one when you were small. Maybe your grandmother had one on her porch that you would climb into when you went to visit. Either way, chances are…

How the English Fell in Love with Tea

The recent Fourth of July celebrations have me thinking about tea. It had a part, after all, in getting this whole independence thing started. What is it that makes tea oh-so-British? In the Beginning, God Made Tea Well, as British as it seems, tea wasn’t born in England, and it didn’t even appear there until the mid-17th century. Its origins are in  China, and for a large chunk…

Roosevelt’s Picnic or When the King Ate Hotdogs

  In the twilight of the 1930’s President Franklin D. Roosevelt sat at his desk pondering the crisis in Europe. “Is this war to be, or not to be? But that’s really not the question. The question is; how do I convince America that England will need us? ” And so, the President sat, rapping his fingers on the wood of his desk while starring blankly at the stamp collection…

Shopping Through History: Wedding Rings

Ah June. It ‘s a time of singing birds, dancing pollen and loads of money spent on weddings. Of course for there to be a wedding there needs to first be a ring. There are loads of choices, but if you want something really cool, you better ask History. Option 1 Ancient Egypt: Eco-Friendly and Affordable About 5000 years ago rings made of braided hemp or reeds were all the rage. However, if…