Category Archives: History

The Custom of the Country*

Recently I watched Ernst Lubitsch’s charming romance, The Shop around the Corner, starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. Made in 1940. In this time of endless remakes, the latest and most successful iteration of which was You’ve Got Mail. The … Continue reading


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The more they stay the same!

          In 1740, Lord Chesterfield wrote regular letters to his son in Latin, French, as well as English. Many have heard of his famous letters, but alas, few have read them. I say alas, because I … Continue reading


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I Sing of a Maiden

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The Horseblog is taking a winter break today. it will be back in the new year, with more horse stories and rants and reflections and odd bits of equine lore. In the meantime, here is a gift for the season: … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday 12/18

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? • What … Continue reading


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My Very Dear Reader . . .

It is scarcely the province of an author to refute the arguments of his censors and vindicate his own productions, but I may be allowed to make here a few observations with which I would have prefaced the first edition … Continue reading


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&!$^!!, Cussing and Cursing

Not long ago, scientists demonstrated proof that cussing when hurt actually relieves pain. Anyone who has heard about the fact that recovered black boxes from crashed planes most frequently end with blue language–has been a coach at a birth, and heard … Continue reading


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Miley and Sinead and Amanda and me: seventies feminism versus stiletto feminism

What do Miley, Sinnead, Amanda, and Bernard of Chartres have in common? “We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants…” Continue reading


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Today Flows from Yesterday, Without Labels

We humans love our boundaries.  Between nations, between states, between property.  So important to know where you end and I begin, not? But in history, maybe not so useful.  When I was taking history classes, there was a tendency to … Continue reading


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Author Interview:Julianne Lee

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Writer Julianne Lee is a creative who discovered at a young age that daydreaming with a purpose equaled telling stories for fun. It was a while before she realized it might also be a great way to make a living. Continue reading


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Obsolete Skills

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The other day, I was teaching a teenager who has just gotten her driver’s license how to drive a manual transmission. I’ve never taught anyone to drive before, so I found it quite challenging to break the necessary skills down … Continue reading


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