Tag: History Lesson

If You Haven’t Heard of Treasure Binding, It’s Beautiful

If You Haven’t Heard of Treasure Binding, It’s Beautiful

Did you know that book covers as we know them didn’t exist before the 19th century? As far back as the Middle Ages (1100 – 1453), books were largely religious artifacts.  Paper was precious, and as with most of history, spirituality influenced so many aspects of culture.  In medieval Europe, only about 10% of men and 1% of women were literate.  There were no need for books in the average home, so most of these remained relics of the Church. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go into a whole ramble about literacy and the history of books in general […]

Posted June 28, 2019 in Memes // 2 Comments //
The Ancient City of Tulum (Caribbean Cruise 4/4)

The Ancient City of Tulum (Caribbean Cruise 4/4)

The final leg of our Caribbean cruise adventure landed the Carnival Horizon at the port of Cozumel.  My husband was looking forward to the Cozumel stop, because he’d been there before.  The night before, he animatedly told me, “Make sure your camera is ready!  Cozumel is a beautiful port!”  It had been about ten years since he had last been to Cozumel, and he was excited to see it again. But, we never went to Cozumel, although the ship docked there.  Instead, we boarded a water taxi that took us across to Playa de Carmen. Playa de Carmen was still […]

Posted April 13, 2019 in Real World // 0 Comments //
A Very Brief History of the Horror Genre

A Very Brief History of the Horror Genre

One of my best friends loves horror. Every Halloween, he likes to dress up as Michael Myers from the Halloween movie.  When he does this, he’s totally in character and creepy.  You can’t ask the guy where the extra bags of candy are because he just stares at you behind that creepy mask and says… nothing… ever.  Until Halloween is over. I haven’t seen him dress up in a couple years (I believe his four-year-old is not crazy about the costume, and she’s daddy’s girl), but when I think of horror, I always think of him. Universally, I think a few things come to […]

Posted October 5, 2018 in Memes // 7 Comments //
Transatlantic Cruise: Portland and Winchester (5/8)

Transatlantic Cruise: Portland and Winchester (5/8)

Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope wherever you are, the skies are blue and the birds are singing and your heart is filled with monuments joy! Today brings us to the fifth installment of my Transatlantic Cruise series, wherein I share all my adventures from my trip, including pictures!  These posts all stand alone and are about the places I visited, but if you’d like to read some of these others, here are the other current installments:    Our third port of call was Portland, England!  Portland is actually an island, located in the English channel.  Chesil Beach joins it to […]

Posted June 2, 2018 in Real World // 4 Comments //
Transatlantic Cruise: Ireland (4/8)

Transatlantic Cruise: Ireland (4/8)

This week in checking in about my glorious two week Transatlantic Cruise, I’m going to talk about our stop in Ireland!  For those of you just now joining us – hi!  I went on a cruise from NYC to western Europe in April and I’m sharing my adventures and some pictures, too!  These posts all standalone, but if you want to hear about other days and other adventures, do check out the Transatlantic Cruise 2018 tag! So this week is Ireland, and Ireland requires a bit of backstory for me.  Ireland has been at the top of my bucket list […]

Posted May 26, 2018 in Real World // 7 Comments //
Mary Shelley, Queen of Horror

Mary Shelley, Queen of Horror

When it comes to horror, I go promptly in the other direction.  I do not like to be scared.  If I feel like being terrified, I’ll sit and have a nice, long think about oblivion.  I don’t read much horror.  I find books are easier to digest than horror films, but mostly I’m just the person curled in a corner convinced that a murderous ghost is out to get them. I have 81 books in my collection tagged with “horror”.  Most of these are vampire books (Anne Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton).  Then there’s Stephen King and a handful of Goosebumps or […]

Posted October 13, 2017 in Memes // 10 Comments //