God Sib

Your God Sibling. The one you told all your secrets to. God Sibs… godsibs…ta-da…gossip! Often near your own age, your God Sib was the Godchild of your parents. Your God Sib was the one you trusted above all others. More than your sisters. More than your brothers. Even more than your cousin, unless, of course…

The Year was 2007

“I want to go back.” These words were not supposed to be possible. The romantics believe that Alex knew exactly what he was saying. The scientists believe that Alex was not using real language but a “two-way communication system,” whatever that exactly means! Alex was a parrot, an African Grey. They are known for their…

The Year was 1565

Elin did not want to go to England. She was 15, and she was being made to travel with Princess Cecilia from Sweden to London. The purpose of the trip was to talk young Queen Elizabeth into marrying Cecilia’s brother, King Eric. The other five royal ladies of Princess Cecilia’s retinue were all about her…

The year was 3300 BCE

Knowing when the new year began was vital for existence – planting, harvesting, rainy season, dry season. And honoring the right gods at the right time was crucial. Humans did it for 2.5 million years before the Sumerians finally wrote it down in 3300 BCE. The new lunar year officially began on the first moon…

The Year was 1843

It took only two months for Charles Dickens to create Tiny Tim and Scrooge and write A Christmas Carol, but what was his purpose? It was not about Christmas. When Charles was 12, his father, a government employee, was sentenced to debtors’ prison. As was the custom, the family went with him, all except Charles,…

The Year was 1955

Esther really wanted to win the contest and get the prize. But she had absolutely no credentials. She was sure that everyone else who was entering the contest did. She was right – big name newspaper people submitted entries. What was the prize? It was to take over the advice column that Ruth Crowley wrote…

The Year was 1946

“Those crazy enough to try to change the world often do.” This was not Gandhi. Not Martin Luther King. Not Churchill. Not even Shakespeare! It was Branch Rickey. Who was he? For you non-baseball fans, he was the president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. And what he did in fact did change the…

The Year was 1300 BCE

Traders from the Mediterranean, returning home from the East with their treasures of spices, incense and silk, flocked to the city in the middle of the desert. Camels slaked their thirst at the gushing water troughs. Merchants slept safe from harm inside the complex. It was a brilliant plan, to carve this mysterious city out…

The Year was 1621

It was not November but October. The hosts provided a lot of wild turkey, but it was not the main dish. That was venison, courtesy of five deer brought by the guests. There were about 50 Pilgrims and some 90 Native Americans. When the Pilgrims had arrived the previous December, they had been met by…

The year was 1745

Sophie von Anhalt-Zerbst was supposed to change her language, her religion, and even her first name to be suitable for her prospective husband’s family. While he stayed in his rooms playing with his massive collection of tin soldier armies, Sophie, alone and friendless in her new country, was studying, often pacing her suite of rooms…

The year was 1938

Magda was fed up. She wanted a divorce. But she did not ask her husband. Instead, she asked Adolph Hitler. Not only had Hitler arranged her first meeting with Joseph, but years later, he had set up Magda and her husband and their six adorable blond, blue-eyed children as the poster family for the Third…