Tag: History Lesson

Happy Emancipation Day! & a Very Brief History of Juneteenth

Happy Emancipation Day! & a Very Brief History of Juneteenth

Posted June 19, 2022 in Real World // 1 Comment

Happy Juneteenth to all my Black friends, bloggers, and folks stumbling across this blog post from Google! And for everyone else, lets celebrate too. Juneteenth (also called “Emancipation Day” and “Black Independence Day”) was not recognized as a federal holiday until June 17th, 2021 – 156 years after the last slaves in the country were freed. It took 2,000 federal troops marching into Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. Even today, Black Americans face a constant battle to be treated fairly and valued as human beings. Despite federal recognition last year – long overdue – most Americans still don’t know […]

A Brief Exploration of Campy Ghost Stories (& Why They’re a Fun Tradition)

A Brief Exploration of Campy Ghost Stories (& Why They’re a Fun Tradition)

Posted October 6, 2021 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

There are some stories we experience in our childhood that stay with us every when we’re adults.  Usually they come in the form of vague memories of “a book about a cat that went to Ireland and there was something about sleeping in moonlight” or something else not quite tangible enough to rediscover the book, but familiar enough that we keep trying. I have a story like that.  It’s one that I feel like I’ve never not known, but I can’t remember when I first heard it.  It goes like this: Once upon a time someone found a toe.  They […]

Olympia & the Temple of Zeus (Greek Islands Cruise 2021)

Olympia & the Temple of Zeus (Greek Islands Cruise 2021)

Posted September 24, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

Even though I am not a sports person, even I was enchanted by the grandeur of Olympia. There are some ruins that just look like, well, broken stuff… and there are some that strike amazement into my very soul and the ruins and stories at Olympia did just that for me.  It was a little bit of the grandeur of some of the things, and certainly the state of the archaeological finds helped. I’ve been looking forward to writing this particular post because I was so awestruck at the site, but I daresay I won’t do it justice. If I […]

The Sacred Island of Delos (Greek Islands Cruise 2021)

The Sacred Island of Delos (Greek Islands Cruise 2021)

Posted September 17, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

When we started looking at activities in Greece, Delos was my number one non-negotiable choice.  I always loved the myths surrounding Artemis and Apollo, and visiting the place where the Greeks believed the twin god and goddess were born was instantly fascinating to me. First of all, the entire island of Delos is an archaeological site. There are no true permanent residents (except the island cats), though there are permanent residences that house the historians, scientists, and archaeologists currently working at the site. 98% of the people we saw on the island were tourists that had been ferried in from […]

Filerimos Monastery & the Medieval City of Rhodes (Greek Islands Cruise 2021)

Filerimos Monastery & the Medieval City of Rhodes (Greek Islands Cruise 2021)

Posted September 10, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

After a fully exhausting day wandering the streets of Heraklion, we fell asleep quickly and slept until our persistent alarms woke us.  I’m always up first, tormented by the possibility of productivity, so I was the one who got to sweep aside the curtains the morning we arrived in Rhodes. I was greeted by one of the coolest sights I’ve ever seen. Over several cruises we’ve learned that each port has its own style.  Some, like Sao Miguel and Cobh, offer incredible views.  Others, like New York and Miami, are underwhelming.  Rhodes by far is my favorite.  I swear, I […]