The black Congressional Pac is not the Black Caucus
Rakes are an ancient agricultural tool, one of the basic implements of every sedentary culture. But in the hands of the Chinese they were also weapons.
The chimney was created around 1200 AD from ovens used by Medieval bakers.
Peter the Great is remembered as a monster. This is only partially true.
The Church considered it to be from the devil.
Families who could not support their children relied on public support. At first it was the Church, then the cities who did not want beggars and transient workers got involved.
Viški was the scene of horrendous acts of cruelty by the Nazis.
Catherine I was was born to run away serfs in Latvia. She died first female the ruler of Russia.
In 17th century Belarus you could not get married without your nabozhnik.
Latvians never became quite Christian.
The Polish people married in the fall and winter, unless a suitor was given a pot of soup.
Jekabpils was a town in Latvia established by the Russians for roustabouts who wanted to move cargo. It was wild.
Smuggling was once an honorable trade. Everyone profited except the government.
The holiday probably originated in the Netherlands, and Canadians are grateful for different things than they are in the United States.
The Dyzaydy was a pagan agricultural holiday usurped by the Christians. In the west it is now Halloween. To the people of Belarus it was a very sacred affair.
Christmas in Belarus was a celebration of the winter solstice. Originally it was a festival for pagan gods and it has retained a lot of the old animistic spirit.
The Vikings were essentially traders who were after the silver of the Russians. They eventually followed a torturous route to the Byzantine Empire which left them afraid of nothing.
Poland and Sweden did not always have great animosity, until something happened in the 17th century.
Easter in Belarus was adapted by the Christians but its roots are pagan.
The life of a serf was very hard, a landless serf in the 17th century had nothing of their own. But it was better than starving.
Four brothers reached the peak of Russian diplomacy in the 18th century - and they were Jews
Abram Petrovich Gannibal was a real life 'gladiator'. He was a prince brought to Russia from Cameroon as a slave. He became the father of engineering in Russia.
Alexei aligned himself with the enemies of his father and made his destruction inevitable.
There were at least four men who could have been the father of Peter the Great. Only one thing is certain, he did not resemble the man who was supposed to be his progenitor.
The life of a mistress was very hard and the competition fierce. But the compensations were very large.
Latvia was owned by three foreign powers in 1700 and dominated by another. One serf who ran away was the unlikely grandfather of the first Tzarina in Russian history.
A quick and very good recipe for a burger bun
Low Carb Mock Mashed Potatoes from cauliflower
A quick recipe for low carb turkey chili which tastes very good.
Many people on low carb diets think that a chowder must contain corn starch, potatoes and bacon to be good. Not so. This is deliicious.