Tombstone Tuesday: Preserved Fish

This name was so unusual I decided to research it a bit.  As it turns out, there was more than one person with this name, apparently from the same family line.  First of all, the name was most likely not pronounced as we commonly do today (prɘ ˈzɘrvd), but rather...

Monday Musings: Getting “Knocked-Up”

Once upon a time everyday working folks paid someone to “knock them up”.  It was a quaint and curious English and Irish custom, begun during the Industrial Revolution and carried forward into the early twentieth century (and beyond for some locales).   Before alarm...

Book Review Thursday: Go Set a Watchman

Earlier this year came the announcement about a manuscript written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee which had been discovered.   Currently it’s number one in several fiction categories on Amazon and it has turned out to be the fastest selling novel ever...

Far-Out Friday: Robert Wadlow, Gentle Giant

On February 22, 1918, with war raging across the seas in Europe, Harold and Addie Wadlow of Alton, Illinois welcomed their firstborn child into the world – Robert Pershing Wadlow.  He was a little over eighteen inches long and weighed eight pounds and six ounces – a...

Book Review Thursday: Who Built That

Author Michelle Malkin makes no bones about the reason she wrote this book and titled it “Who Built That”.  On the book’s dedication page she writes: “To President Barack Obama, who inspired me to rise up and tell these unsung stories of American individualism,...

Tombstone Tuesday: What’s In a Name?

While searching for a subject to write about today I came across some of the most unusual and unique names.  If you regularly read this blog, and specifically my Tombstone Tuesday articles, you know I have a penchant for selecting people with unusual or unique names. ...