Valentine's Day

History of Valentine’s Day

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles M. Schulz We’ve barely lugged all the holiday trappings back to wherever they were before Thanksgiving. Now we’re surrounded with reminders to get something (preferably something chocolate) for Valentine’s Day. How did a Christian martyr from the 3rd Century end up being used to market flowers, candy, romance-themed movies and cards? There are several St. Valentine’s for whom this annual shop-for-your-sweetheart-or-wish-you-had […]

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George and Elizabeth Ross

Yet Another Book About the Mayflower?

For the past two years I’ve been researching what led the passengers of the Mayflower to get on that small, wooden ship and sail away to a place they’d never been. I learned how their story is interwoven with political events of the era such as the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and King Henry VIII’s dramatic act of rebellion against the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Much to my chagrin and regret, I learned […]

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A Christmas Story - movie house

The Story of “A Christmas Story”

It fascinates me how the fickle finger of fate determines which stories become famous. Consider the story behind the annual favorite, A Christmas Story, released with so-so reviews in 1983, but set in the 1940’s. The movie didn’t generate enough attention to merit running it until Christmas when it was first released. Today it is a foundational part of the season in many households. How did that happen? In case you some how managed to […]

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Peace treaty

Pilgrim and Native Peace Talks

The passengers on the Mayflower knew the New World was populated with people; people they referred to as savages primarily because they dressed and worshiped differently than folks back in England. Some of these Natives belonged to the Wampanoag Confederacy of tribes, numbering an estimated 12,000 in the early 1600’s. At the time the English Pilgrim and Adventurer settlers began exploring Cape Cod the Wampanoags were ruled by Sachem Massasoit (also known as Ousamequin) who lived […]

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First Thanksgiving

The “First” Thanksgiving Was No Picnic

The traditional Thanksgiving story about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans coming together for three days of feasting is as much fiction as fact. For starters, there are credible claims of other thanksgiving celebrations among European immigrants that predate the 1621 version taught in many schools. The Natives had their own rituals around marking the harvest season. The New England Natives and the Europeans did come together approximately a year after the English arrived on […]

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