Tag Archives: History

The Bit Between the Lines

So September 6th was “National Read a Book Day” in the US! And I decided to mark the occasion with a tour through the many and crowded shelves that line my little apartment. Beyond discovering how badly I also need “Dust a Book Day”, there were other surprises – not just in the texts, but in […]

The Glass Way Full Bit

Howdy! Since I’m still not doing the travel thing just now, I’ve been contenting myself with watching videos of trips past – and I came across this grainy tableau (sorry – more graininess to follow…): Basically, that’s me and a guy. There’s Mum’s shoulder on the right. And Dad’s behind the camera, capturing what looks […]

The Poppies in My Lapel Bit

I slumbered while we cruised the Dardanelles… I can’t believe it’s already (nearly) November! And within this eleventh month is the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day” – a time and date set aside to mark the end of World War I.  As the distance between us and that moment nears a century and several […]

A Tidbit: Layers in Time

Greetings!  The latest weekly WordPress Photo Challenge of Layered made me think of this photo from a recent trip to Columbia, California.  It’s a shot of an old blacksmith shop and it speaks to me not just of a moment in time but of a moment in history too! Columbia State Historic Park is a lovingly preserved example […]

THE “ALL THE SHIPS (NOT) AT SEA” BIT

The ocean has always held a special allure for me!  Despite a tendency to get seasick, I’ve truly relished opportunities to get out on the waves in ships of various sizes and types.  But I’ve also discovered that ships can transport a person to other places and times without even leaving the shore!  Here are […]

The Strolling “In” Memory Lane Bit

So I’ve had this theory about my brain.  I think it reached maximum storage capacity a while back, and now whenever there’s something new I need to remember, an old memory gets randomly deleted for the space.  But the return of an ancient memory during one of my travels made me rethink this theory. And it […]

THE NOT “IT” BIT

“Is that it..?” Clearly disappointed, the woman fidgets in her bus seat as she squints down the road. “Well, if that’s it, we can check it out and still have time to do some shopping in town!” This was the reaction I couldn’t help overhearing when a fellow tourist got her first glimpse of Stonehenge – […]

THE BIT ABOUT VIKING SCOREBOARD

So are Vikings trending right now?  They’ve long been part of American culture as namesakes and mascots for everything from grade schools to an NFL team.  There are even North American cities named “Viking.”  But these days, you can also take a DNA test just to determine if you can claim a deeper Viking connection than the old alma mater.  And they have their own […]