Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Wonderful World of the English Language: From Where Does That Phrase Come?

Do you wonder from where words originate? From whom they originate? Try some of these on for fun. They would make great story starters at a party. LOL! Ketchup: Ketchup was originally a sauce composed of the juices of edible … Continue reading

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The Broad Street Riots, June 11, 1837

The Broad Street Riot occurred in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on June 11, 1837. The riot began when a company of Yankee firefighters met with an Irish funeral procession on Broad Street. Fire Engine Company 20 was returning from a fire … Continue reading

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The Scope and Influence of The Ancient Celts

A great empire once stretched from the Black Sea to the British Isles. So powerful, the Celts leveled Rome, as well as conquering the Carthaginians in Spain. Unfortunately, the Celts left no written account of their society – most of … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Wigs and Hair Pieces

In one of my two Works in Progress (WIP), my main character chooses to wear a disguise. However, as I write in the Regency Period, the use of wigs, as were common in the 18th Century, had gone by the … Continue reading

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Forerunners of Elizabethan Tragedy: Thomas Kyd

Today, I am taking a step away from my beloved Regency England to visit a time period, which also fascinates me. With a minor in theatre, I have studied the development of the drama of the period. With Kyd and … Continue reading

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Movie Discussion ~ 2005’s Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice 2005 – Movie Discussion This is a film where the spectator enjoys a lesson in Voyeurism 101. We follow the story as we view the characters through windows, eavesdrop on them through doors, read over their shoulders, … Continue reading

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Regency Happenings: The Year Without Summer

The Year Without a Summer (also known as the Poverty Year, Year There Was No Summer, and Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death) was 1816, in which severe summer climate abnormalities resulted in major food shortages. Much of the cause … Continue reading

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The Legend Behind Sir Walter Scott’s “The Bonnets o’ Bonnie Dundee”

The Legend Behind Sir Walter Scott’s “The Bonnets o’ Bonnie Dundee” by Regina Jeffers I am currently researching anything and everything Scottish. Being of Scottish descent, this is important to me, but I am also looking for those special “gems” … Continue reading

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Do You Remember When? America Entered the Space Race…

There was a time when we Americans clung to our TV sets to watch our first astronauts accomplish what we thought no man could. I recall standing in my yard and staring up into the October (1957) sky to look … Continue reading

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