HistoryTraditions & Celebrations

The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #4: Mothering Sunday

England, 18th century “THE Word Lent in the Saxon Tongue signifies Spring, and because this Time of Fasting begins in the Spring, it therefore borrows its Name from the Season, and is called Lent. THIS Fast is of such great Antiquity, that it seems to have been used from the …

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History

The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #3: The 10 Items You Absolutely MUST Have for Your New Infant!

England, ca 1800 – 1900 This is such an exciting time to have a new baby! Advances in technology and manufacturing mean that many goods such as lace, textiles, and even embroidery that heretofore could only be produced by laborious handwork can now be made in impressive quantities and varieties …

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Ages 13-17 (Teen)

A Ray of Hope for High School Dating Assemblies

I went to high school in a small town in the South which was dominated by a massive Baptist church. There was a Catholic church that was fairly moderate in size, and then a scattering of small churches of other denominations. The Baptist church was the center of the town’s …

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Humor

Love, Twooo Wuv (and Lattes)

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I’m in the mood for a fluffy post. I was running late yesterday, and I asked my husband if he’d be willing to make my morning latte. He makes excellent coffee. Which is intriguing, because he doesn’t drink it, himself. In fact, he thinks that it’s …

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LGBTQ

Sex Ed, Sexual Preference & Sincerity

The Guttmacher Institute recently released a brief summarizing sex education state laws. The whole thing is worth a look-through, but I’d like to draw attention to the column on “Sexual Orientation” under “Content Requirements for Sex and HIV Education”. There are three states on the list that require teachers to …

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Grief and Loss

His Eyes

There’s that familiar phrase when people study a child’s face. “Oh look. He has his father’s eyes.” It’s the proud marker of relationship, the expression of lineage, of continuity between the generations. “She looks just like her mother, but she has her father’s eyes.” Harry Potter looked like his father, …

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History

The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #2: Do NOT Swaddle Your Infant

England, ca 1740 – 1800 The days of swaddling are behind us. We are pleased to report that what one of our acquaintance termed “the barbarous custom” has been, according to a medical expert writing in The Lady’s Magazine (1785), “almost universally laid aside”. And yet, perhaps there are lingering …

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History

The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #1: Swaddling Your Infant

England, ca. 1550 – 1750 Congratulations on your condition! Be certain to start gathering your childbed linen right away! Remember, everything, including thread and textiles, is made by hand and unmechanized ground transport is the only option for getting items brought to you. If you require anything from London, and …

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Household

Bunny Love – The pleasures, and perils, of rabbit ownership

In the Northern hemisphere it’s spring, the season of renewal, flowers, plastic eggs, and bunny rabbits. In the United States rabbits are the third most popular pet after cats and dogs. They are also one of the most frequently abandoned. Personally, I adore our bunny and think he’s the best …

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FeminismHistory

Thoughts on Women’s History Month

My daughter’s school has a rather useful newsletter that they email on most school days. It always starts with a “this day in history” fact-let, which is fun. In months designated as “X history month” they add a second historical note about X. March is Women’s History Month, so we …

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