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The All-Important Spud

Soon after I return home from the supermarket, I dump the potatoes from the plastic bag into the kitchen sink.  (I usually get five pounds at a time, because they keep better that way for me.)  I run a trickle of cold water then scrub them with a Scotchbrite… 996 more words

Cultural Highlights

Bastille Day: Fall of the Bastille - Beginning of the French Revolution

The Fall of the Bastille is considered a prime symbol of the French Revolution. It’s a mark of victory of the common man against years of tyranny and oppression by the royalty. 418 more words

European History

Field Trip 2: Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis

The second field trip of Art in Life was to visit the Saint-Denis Cathedral, which is the earliest example of gothic architecture. While the Notre-Dame de Paris is a more popular and well-known site, we were still able to examine the same gothic architectural elements with less crowds. 576 more words

Art In Life: Paris

Potatoes can be beautiful too

Potatoes rule the world. They have come a long way since they made the trip across the Atlantic to Europe. They produce massive crops in cool climates and, apart from Late Blight which devastates the crop, most famously in the Irish potato famine in the 1840s, are easy and reliable to grow. 728 more words

Fruit And Veg

The Return of L’Hermoine

It will be hard to describe in modern terms the celebrity of Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette, Marquis de Lafayette (aka LaFayette) in 18th century America. 680 more words

Emerging Civil War


May 16th in history:

“The bells, bells, bells, bells…”

Wedding bells for author Edgar Allan Poe and his cousin, Virginia Clemm, on May 16th, 1836. Edgar was 27, Virginia was 13. 135 more words

Today In History


“Big thoughts” may be murkier than “little thoughts” from flowers,  but I’m going to leave the flowers for a moment.

Napoleon Bonaparte died during the month of May, exactly 200 years ago.   593 more words

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