10.30.15 The Jack Facts

Who’s Jack? And what’s up with the lantern? There’s a lot of ancient tradition involving scary lights at harvest time. Pre-Christian Europeans celebrated Samhaim, the autumn festival of the Dead, with bonfires and torches and other late-night illuminations. Samhaim was later displaced by All Saint’s Day, but the fascination with the afterlife continued, in the […]

7.4.1776 Daddy of the Founding Fathers

When you go to the National Archives and look at the document today, you won’t find his signature on it.  But without him, the Declaration of Independence may never have been written at all. Charles Thomson was born in County Londonderry, Ireland, in 1729.  When he was ten years old, his mother died.  His father […]

5.6.11 Aye Dios Mio

GOOD MORNING!  HAPPY SEIS DE MAYO!!! (What’s that?  We’re yelling a little too loudly this morning?  You feeling the effects of uno or dos or tres too many margaritas at Pancho and Lefty’s Cantina last night? Okay, we’ll tone it down.) But, lo siento, we have to correct a little misconception.  Despite your warmest intentions, […]