March 25: the Feast of Annunciation

Americans may be familiar with the Greek Independence Day parade, celebrated throughout the States this time of the year. Even though the parade may take place any day between now and April, in Greece, it always falls on March 25th. To understand why this is such a...

Merlin, Tamer of Dragons

Everyone knows the story of Merlin, the wizard genius behind Arthur’s reign. As the Vintage News reports, a chance discovery by historians at the University of Bristol added a new angle to the old tale: dragons. The historians found a set of important...

Merry Christmas With Carol Of The Bells

For this year’s Christmas wishes, I will start with a lovely rendition of one of my favorite carols, Carol of the Bells, sung here by Voices of Lee: The carol itself piqued my curiosity when I read a two-line description of its origins. According to this, it was...

The Value of Linguistic Fossils

The English language is a strange one, for sure, thanks to the Isles’ long history of war and conquest. Each wave of conquerors left its mark on the language, from the Romans to the Vikings and Normans. Antiquated rules can cast long shadows, as seen even today...

Steven Pruitt, Unsung Wikipedia Hero

Steven Pruitt reminds me of an archetypal superhero: mild-mannered federal contractor for information management with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the mornings. WikiGnome — a wiki user who makes useful incremental edits without clamoring for attention...

Children’s Books: Ideology and Morals

Children’s books are the main bulk of my reading nowadays. We’ve got literally hundreds of them and read Mary Natalie at least a couple each day. And I confess I love everything about this; from the beautiful illustrations to the irreverent rhymes:...

Tse’ Hone: A Story-Telling Rock

Writing comes in many forms. I have written in the past about the 13th century student’s notes found in Novgorod scribbled on birch-bark or the Roman writing tablet found in England. An unusual kind of a newspaper is reported by the Vintage News. The “Rock...