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the Christ in Xmas

the Christ in Xmas

Xmas.  The abbreviation has been in use since the early times of Christianity.  The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which […]

warrior dreams in a medieval child's art

warrior dreams in a medieval child's art

Time to battle!  In the 1950s archeologists made a great discovery near the city of Novgorod, Russia: they dug up hundreds of pieces of birch bark with all sorts of texts written on them.  Including pieces from children. In the 13th century, young schoolboys learning […]

revolution for all people

revolution for all people

I began to prepare this post for images only.  But I needed to know what lead to life in prison. About the first half of his life. An interesting paradox.  An intensely tolerant, inclusive and compassionate man.  Rightly celebrated as a great man of peace. […]

"a light unto the nations"

"a light unto the nations"

I found an image taken from the Hebrew Cervera Bible.  An illuminated manuscript dated c.1299, a designated National Treasure from the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon.  This image and caption caught my eye and my curiosity.  The caption source is unknown to me. One of the […]

Hanukkah | purity and light

Hanukkah | purity and light

!חג שמח | Hahg Same’akh | Happy Holiday! This lengthy post is a message of good wishes to you, and detailed information for me.  Holy days, festivals, celebrations, and tradition are among my most favored topics.  Especially historic ones.  Judaism is rich with all, and strong […]

Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Dinner – 1869

Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Dinner – 1869

This Thomas Nast cartoon, published in the November 20, 1869 issue of Harper’s Weekly, celebrates the ethnic diversity and envisions the political equality of citizens of the American republic. Joining the Thanksgiving Day feast of hosts Uncle Sam (carving the turkey on the far-right) and Columbia (seated […]

Thanksgiving  Turkey – 1900

Thanksgiving Turkey – 1900

“During the Civil War, President Lincoln declared a national day of thanksgiving in April 1862 and August 1863 (after Gettysburg), but it was his proclamation in November 1864 that set a precedent followed by all subsequent presidents. In 1941, Congress formally established the fourth Thursday […]

November 22 remembered

November 22 remembered

Creator: Photograph by Abbie Rowe, National Park Service, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Musen. Copyright:Public Domain Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy aboard the PT-109 in the South Pacific, 1943. Photograph in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. Copyright:Public Domain John […]

Contrast: Jefferson Davis and brother Joseph Davis – who empowered slaves

Joseph Emory Davis A word about an amazing man, Joseph Davis.  His brother was Jefferson Davis, future President of the Confederacy.  He had a plantation, owned slaves, and was successful.   What is remarkable about Joseph Davis is that, despite his background and social standing in […]

Little Boy and a garden

Little Boy and a garden

Hiroshima, 1945,  a city becomes an historic event. Shukkeien’s (縮景園) name can be translated into English as “shrunken-scenery garden”, Hiroshima.  Ground zero for Little Boy. Related articles   The Details of Hiroshima (newyorker.com)  



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