First Day of Spring and Happy International Happiness Day (or…HE’S BACK!)

Yes, it’s not only the first day of spring, but it’s International Happiness Day. Not sure when that day came into effect, but it works for this date when Jack Aubrey’s nemesis decided to make a return visit.

Marcus Aurelius – Movies and the Reality (or ‘It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live’)

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…Marcus Aurelius Many of us – myself included – were fully introduced to Russell Crowe when he appeared in the movie which not only won best picture, but gave him his one and only Read More …

Historic Date Meets Russell Crowe Movie (Because It’s Not JUST St. Patrick’s Day Today)

I always enjoy it when real life and history touches upon one of Crowe’s movies. Today is no exception. While the seventeenth of March is better known among many as being Saint Patrick’s Day in honor of the legendary Irish saint, it is also a historic date for those interested in the latter years of Read More …

This is NOT the St. Valentine’s Day You’re Thinking Of…

Before a specific Valentine’s Day during the Napoleonic Wars, the location was already well-known. Not only had Sir Francis Drake conducted some of his pirating in the area, but those in Neolithic, ancient Greek, and ancient Roman times called it sacred. The Greeks erected a temple to Heracles. The Romans called it Promontorium Sacrum (The Read More …

Ashokan Falls – 12

They’d driven to the garage, but Colin and Johnny had already closed shop. Chloe begged off going to the Tavern once again.  As much as Tina warned that she shouldn’t put off the inevitable, that it wouldn’t stop the Boyz from finding a way to pour all their interest and good-will on her, Chloe couldn’t Read More …

Pride Goeth Before the Fall…The Story of the Nelson Sarcophagus

The title of the post comes from Proverbs 16:18. It is usually shortened as I’ve done, but the actual verse from the King James Version is as follows: ‘Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.’ In a way, it seems appropriate in telling a bit of the story of the sarcophagus Read More …

Gaslight Historic Event – January 9th…

NOTE: Contains some pathological/forensic details some readers might wish to take into consideration. He died at the hands of a sniper on October 21st, 1805. Originally, another vessel involved in the Battle of Trafalgar was given the grim transport assignment. When the crew of the Victory came close to mutinying, it was decided she would Read More …

On This Date…

Patrick O’Brian, best known as the author of the Jack Aubrey-Stephen Maturin series, died January 2nd, 2000 in Dublin, Ireland. He was buried with his wife, Mary, at Nouveau Cimetière de Collioure (New Cemetery Collioure) in the Pyrenees, France. It had been to this Catalan town in southern France where – post-World War II – the Read More …

On This Date…

On New Year’s Day 1933, Alicia Lardé was born in San Salvador, El Salvador to a prominent upper-class family. The daughter of physician Carlos Lardé, she was named for her mother, Alicia née Lopez-Harrison, and had two brothers. Her father had been familiar with the United States as the family travelled a great deal, and Read More …