Photo: Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding

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Saint of the Day – 26 February – Saint Victor the Hermit (Died 6th Century) Priest (Reblog)

Saint of the Day – 26 February – Saint Victor the Hermit (Died 6th Century) Priest, Monk, Hermit, miracle-worker. Born in the 6th century at Troyes, …

Saint of the Day – 26 February – Saint Victor the Hermit (Died 6th Century) Priest

Renaissance Science – IV — The Renaissance Mathematicus (Reblog)

We have now reached the period of history that the majority of people automatically think of when the hear or read the name, The Renaissance. The majority probably also think, when the hear the term, of a period in European art history, often called the Italian Renaissance, doing which the great artists Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael […]

Renaissance Science – IV — The Renaissance Mathematicus

Sketches of Superstitions, Saturday, February 15, 1840, pp.30-31. — Random Scottish History (Reblog)

[Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal Contents] SKETCHES OF SUPERSTITIONS. THE DRUIDS.    INTERESTING as are the ancient superstitions and theological fables of Scandinavia, a notice of which formed the subject of the last paper in this series, British readers cannot but feel a still greater interest in the history of Druidism, the superstition which flourished peculiarly among […]

Sketches of Superstitions, Saturday, February 15, 1840, pp.30-31. — Random Scottish History

31 of the Most Famous Child Prodigies in History — 24/7 Wall St. (Reblog)

A prodigy is a child younger than 10 years old who shows astounding proficiency in one or more artistic or academic fields. These remarkable youngsters have inspired wonder and awe. And at certain times in our history they did not receive the respect they deserved.  24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of 31 famous child […]

31 of the Most Famous Child Prodigies in History — 24/7 Wall St.

BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #414: “TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS”- MARY MACGREGOR – FEBRUARY 5, 1977 — slicethelife (Reblog)

Billboard #1 Hits: #414: “Torn Between Two Lovers”- Mary MacGregor. February 5, 1977. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. Single: “Torn Between Two Lovers”- Mary MacGregor Record Company- Ariola Genre: Pop Written by -Peter Yarrow and Phillip Jarrell Time: 3:40 B-side:”I Just Want To Love You” Album-Torn Between Two Lovers Grade: D- Peaked […]

BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #414: “TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS”- MARY MACGREGOR – FEBRUARY 5, 1977 — slicethelife

Soil (A Poem)

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He dug deep in the soil,
the loam and silt of a fertile marsh;
from a long line of broken-back men,
inured to suffering and pain,
consistent with their DNA
from far distant crescents.
The men who toiled and fed the idle,
who gave their all to generations,
many to rot in the quagmires
of pointless conflicts, or like him —
alone, prostrate in his garden.

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Whither the origin of chess — Stabroek News (Reblog)

A senior official of the International Chess Federation, known by its French acronym FIDE, once noted that perhaps the game of chess was devised by aliens. I laughed. How ridiculous! The moment passed. However, as I widened my listening and reading skills, the thought that chess was alien oriented did not seem so far-fetched after […]

Whither the origin of chess — Stabroek News