Diversity in Canada, A Second Look

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Sometimes those “Today in History” feeds give me ideas for stories, and sometimes they broaden my thinking. That happened this week. February 2019 marks the 177th anniversary of the proclamation in Canada of… Continue reading

The Big Chill

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While most of North America is locked in winter’s grip, with temperatures at record lows for days on end, it’s time to consider what these conditions would be like without the benefits of… Continue reading

The Bishop’s Palace: the American Castle that Survived a Killer

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At 1402 Broadway on Texas’s Galveston Island sits a castle that the American Institute of Architects has cited as among America’s 100 most important buildings. In addition to its ornate Victorian exterior replete… Continue reading

Assembly Rooms: Party Time

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If you’ve ever had to arrange a venue for a large celebration of some kind, you know the difficulty in finding a place the offers space to accommodate a large number of guests,… Continue reading

The Powder Monkey

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While romance readers love stories about the goings-on of the aristocrats of the British Empire, it should be noted that the aristocracy comprised only about 15% of the total population. While industry was… Continue reading

Nottoway Plantation: Spirits of the White Castle on the Mississippi

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53,000 sq. ft., 64 rooms, 7 stairways, 22 massive exterior columns, 12 hand-carved marble fireplaces, 15 1/2 foot ceilings, 5 galleries, and double front entry steps with a boot scraper indicating the gentlemen’s… Continue reading

From Our Homes to Yours

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Regular posts will resume on January 4, 2019. Until then, From Becky, Caroline, and Linda!   And if you are looking for something light and entertaining to read, take a look at the… Continue reading

Candles Light Up Our Lives

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What is Christmas—or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa—without candles flickering in the night? Light is, after all, the midwinter wish of mankind. Those of us who celebrate Advent begin with candles as a symbol of… Continue reading

The First Christmas Card

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Love them or hate them, it’s time to send and receive Christmas cards. Which makes me wonder–how did this practice ever come about anyway? The postal service was not used by ordinary folks… Continue reading

Bacon’s Castle: America’s Oldest Brick Residence and the Ghosts that Haunt It

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What a difference a few decades can make. When colonists arrived at the site that would become Jamestown, Virginia, they encountered a pristine wilderness. By 1665, the colony would boast its own castle.… Continue reading