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Ale and Leather. . . Let ‘s Drink to it.

If you sailed from England to the New World in the 1630s, before the age of coffee or tea, your beverage of choice would be cider or ale.  No one trusted the purity of onboard water. On the ship your … Continue reading

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HOW TO USE 3,000 STRAIGHT PINS

Queen Elizabeth (b. 1533 – d. 1603) used about 3,000 straight pins a month, probably more than most, but still an impressive amount. Pins have been used for about 4,000 years, appearing around the emergence of the bronze age. You … Continue reading

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What Walking Tells About You.

The walking gait of your ancestors frequently indicated their vocation or place in society. A townsman might demonstrate a quickness of step and there’s the gentleman’s swagger. Yet the sheepherder needs a lithe or nimble stride compared to the flatfooted … Continue reading

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IS THIS TRIP WORTH TAKING?

Would you sail on this ship across the ocean? This replica of the Dove sailed the Atlantic Ocean in 1634, accompanying a larger ship, the Ark. Used as a supply ship and a scouting vessel in more shallow waters, the … Continue reading

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SouthWest Writers Interview #2

Way back in the early 1990s I joined Southwest Writers Workshop (now SouthWest Writers). This writers’ group welcomes all writers and authors with conferences, contests, classes on the craft, and open-armed friendship. If you hear someone in NM say they … Continue reading

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Three Wishes

My first wish: A room full of books on shelves from floor to ceiling all around the room. My second wish: (Fifteen years later) A way to clean the dust from thousands of books. My third wish: (In fifteen years) … Continue reading

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