Category Archives: Oddities—Posts

Halloween Symbols and Jack-O-Lantern

Tuned in:  Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil Halloween traditions have their early origins rooted in pagan customs from Celtic-speaking countries and Celtic Christianity.  It is believed that the Celtic festival of Samhain, pronounced Sahwin, and Old Irish for ‘summer’s … Continue reading

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Underwear: The Hidden History

Tuned in: Madonna, Vogue In a recent conversation with friends, the topic of ancient underwear drew some attention.  Most of us thought that the ancients up until the Victorian era (1837-1901) wore some kind of underwear, whether it was a … Continue reading

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Are Giants Real?

Tuned in: The Black Keys, Dead and Gone I have a passion for history and a keen interest in any odd phenomena that traverses the story of man and our world. Consequently, I’m always on the lookout for rare events or … Continue reading

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The Countess Dracula: Stranger than Fiction

Tuned in:  Annie Lennox, Cold January always brings a chill to my bones, and when I am cold, I think cold thoughts.  So the story of the ‘Countess Dracula’ surfaced in my recollections.  Transylvania, a country embroiled in age-old superstitions … Continue reading

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The Price of Beauty

Tuned in: Christina Aguilera, Beautiful When you look in the mirror, what do you see?  Most likely you see the ‘faults’ rather than the wonder of two eyes that have seen a million images, places, and faces; a nose that … Continue reading

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Adventure on the High Seas or in the Tavern—Anne Bonny.

Today’s tune:  David Gray, Sail Away With the summer solstice soon upon us, and while enjoying the warm temperatures and more carefree days, I think of adventure.  As a genre novelist, I lean toward tales of Vikings, barbarian warriors, and … Continue reading

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The Wild Hunt in the 21st Century

On my playlist and tuned in:  Superman – Five for Fighting An important and entertaining aspect of history is the fascination and lessons that come from folklore.  These stories vary across time, tradition, and culture, and through a set of … Continue reading

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