Visiting the annual Celtic Festival in Tucson, Arizona, and finding a surprising family connection.
Remembering one of my undergraduate college professors, who was a socialist politically, and the lively class debates two of my conservative friends and I had in class with him He never penalized us and had a great way of ending heated debates gracefully with no one feeling they lost.
Built in 1895, the 126-year-old Inn at Castlerock in Bisbee, AZ lets visitors experience the joys of travel in a past era while still providing the comforts and amenities, including free WiFi, of modern hotel accommodations. It is a great addition to the joy of visiting Bisbee itself.
Wine tastings and festivals, in particular the Arizona grape harvest festival in Sonoita, can be a great way to spend a day in wine country. Arizona's numerous small, entrepreneurial wineries have been producing fine wines that are on par with the best of their California and European cousins.
While the COVID vaccines have been declared safe and also appear (but not yet proven) to be effective in preventing COVID some people are reluctant to get vaccinated. They should be allowed to refuse to be vaccinated but, in turn, should not expect those vaccinated to continue wearing masks and
The Barringer Meteor Crater located a few miles east of Flagstaff, AZ, is the only visible meteor crater on earth. It is similar to craters on the moon and has changed very little since the impact 50,000 years ago. The crater attracts visitors from all over the world.
Finding a unique gift for our daughter's first Mother's Day
The now world famous Tucson Gem and Mineral show has been a popular event for locals and tourists since 1955. Despite the COVID Pandemic many vendors and tourists attended the delayed and smaller 2021 event.
Getting my COVID shot was quick and easy as well as painless. My personal account of getting my COVID and why I felt it was both safe and made sense to get vaccinated rather than risk COVID
As the COVID Pandemic dragged on into 2021 shutdowns and other restrictions are slowly easing. Among other things Churches are reopening. Easter has always been a day with large church attendance and after having churches closed on Easter in 2020 it was a great joy to attend Church on Easter 2021
Over the course of millions of years rain, wind and flowing water have gradually carved the ground that makes up Arizona. The result is a state awash in natural beauty from the spectacular Grand Canyon to smaller but equally fantastic features. Wave Cave, described here, is just one such feature.
The Constitutionally mandated Decennial Census has been a major source of data for the U.S. Government since the first Census in 1790. However, with the country currently awash in data it is time to limit the Decennial Census to a simple head count for Congressional reapportionment purposes.
With foreign travel being almost impossible during the COVID Pandemic my wife and I have resorted to seeking our and dining in the numerous traditional ethnic restaurants in our state. In addition to helping these small and struggling businesses we get to experience foreign food & atmosphere
Though still in progress, the Crazy Horse Memorial is stunning and an important stop for anyone heading to its more famous cousin—Mount Rushmore.
While COVID-19 Lockdowns made sense at the start of the pandemic when hospitals feared being overwhelmed, in most places today they are doing more harm than good. Great Barrington Declaration is an appeal to open up and avoid destroying our economy.
This is the origin story of the Cliff Dwellers Lodge and Restaurant and how a 1920s Broadway showgirl and her ailing husband became stranded and ended up converting some huge boulders into motel rooms.
Did you know that there are lots of caterpillars along the San Pedro River in Arizona? Here are the photos I captured from them and what the hiking experience is like over there.
One of the nice things about the wide-open spaces living in the western United States offers is the chance to get out into the great outdoors for a variety of hiking adventures.
Join us on our visit to the historic mining town of Oatman, where burros roam the streets entertaining tourists as they tour the town. The town's history is enhanced by its connection to Olive Oatman, who was captured and spent her teen years among the Mojave Indian Tribe in the 1850s.
The Grand Canyon is a major American tourist attraction. Most people visit in summer, but the South Rim of the Park is open all year and offers fantastic views in winter as well. The less-visited North Rim is closed during the winter months.
Las Vegas is no longer just casinos and shows. It is a destination for families and others who enjoy travel and new places. One of its newest attractions is an ice house where everything including, the glasses in which they serve your cocktail, is made of ice.
If the media is to be believed both jeans and socialism are popular with millennials and many others. However, less than 40 years ago people living in socialist nations risked arrest and execution whenever they attempted to buy or sell a pair of jeans
Tombstone, Arizona is a popular tourist destination and for 90 years th city has drawn tourists from all over the world to enjoy and participate in it many festivals and entertainment. The Old West is on display every weekend in Tombstone.
El Dia de Los Muertos and All Souls' Day share a common theme and date, and both are becoming more popular by the year. Here I discuss a public celebration of these two events that my wife and I attended in Tubac, Arizona.
Arguments for keeping the Columbus Day Holiday and honoring America's pre-Columbian inhabitants and their contributions to our country with their own separate holiday.
While the Cold War ended almost 3 decades ago many of its after effects still linger. Among these are the thousands of Russian women still remain in Cuba abandoned by their post Soviet Russian homeland. Some are happy while others long for Russia. All are poor in the still communist Cuba
In the middle of the Southern California Desert near the Salton Sea is a multi-colored man-made mountain built by one man who spent the last 25 years of his life building it to share his love of Jesus.
Bombay Beach is a small community along the eastern shore of California's Salton Sea. Once a thriving community and popular destination for retirees and tourists it is slowly becoming a ghost town as the Salton Sea shrinks and loses its appeal to visitors.
Located about 50 miles from Palm Springs along the northeast shore of California's Salton Sea is a tiny building housing the International Banana Museum. Despite its small size and narrow focus the museum provides another fascinating stop while touring the Salton Sea.
Observing a Coatimundi (a member of the raccoon family) retrieving a half eaten chimichanga from a park trashcan where a tourist had discarded it and dining on it for his dinner.
Did you know that Saguaro Cactus played a major role in the life of the original inhabitants of Southern Arizona? Here's what it's like to spend a day in the desert with a group harvesting Saguaro fruit, using ancient native tools under the direction of native guides.
Economist Arthur Laffer is famous for his Laffer Curve which illustrates the fact that, at a certain point, increases in taxes result in a decrease in tax revenue. While considered a radical new theory by many, this theory was first advanced 600 years ago by the Arab scholar Ibn Khaldun.
An overnight trip to Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to see the Organ Pipe Cacti in Bloom. The Monument on the AZ-Mexico Border reopened in 2014 after being closed for 11 years due to violence associated with drug smuggling, human trafficking and other illegal activities along border
Tombstone Arizona is famous for Wyatt Earp & the 1881 OK Corral shootout in that city. But there is more to Tombstones rich history & attractions than a famous gun fight. Among its many other attractions is the World's Largest Rose Bush. This is the story of that bush and the people who grew it,
In spring, the cacti in the southwestern deserts sprout a variety of beautiful flowers. Some of the most beautiful are produced by Torch Cacti.
Reflecting on my previous visits to Notre Dame de Paris before the fire. News of Notre Dame's fire was depressing but I have been consoled by memories of my past visits to the historic cathedral. My only regret is that I hadn't taken more pictures of the beautiful old historic cathedral.
Russia's setting attempts to discredit the 2016 election with the setting up some fake Facebook and Twitter accounts and purchasing a few hundred thousand ads is nothing compared to their 6 decades in the past century of running & funding their own U.S. Presidential Election Campaigns
An early morning hike in Tucson, Arizona's Saguaro National Park yields a spectacular sunrise along with numerous photo opportunities in a lush desert landscape.
In 1918, during World War I, some 15,000 U.S. troops took part in a now-forgotten British-French-led invasion of their former ally, Russia. The participating troops found themselves continuing to fight until pulled out 2 years after World War I ended & having failed to achieve their objectives.
TheCereus repandus f. Monstrosa or Monstrose Apple Cactus as it is commonly known is found in gardens in Arizona and for a month in the Spring each year produces beautiful flowers, each lasting one day, for about a month.
My wife recently witnessed a once-in-a-decade blooming of an Amorphophallus Titanum (or the Rosie corpse flower) at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It is a beautiful flower, but smells like rotting meat.
The wild horse or mustang has been a part of the American West for close to 400 years. It is loved by many and hated by others and has struggled to survive. This is the story of one group of mustangs in Arizona.
Learn all about this easy hike through some fascinating rock formations in southern Utah's Grande Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Despite its location in the deserts of the American Southwest, Arizona has a surprising number of beautiful lakes, including Canyon Lake.
Did you know that the futuristic Arizona city of Acrosanti lies halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff along Interstate 17? Find out what factors made it stand out during its time.
From colonial times to the present Americans have relied on some of their fellow citizens to protect our cherished freedom and security. Our gratitude to these men & women is displayed in monuments t
On August 3, 1492 Christopher Columbus along with the 88 members of his crew and their families attended Mass in the Church of St. George the Martyr in the Andalusian town of Palos de la Frontera on the southern coast of Spain. Here they prayed...
A photo of a mountain taken in California by an American soldier 50 years earlier during World War II leads family to solving mystery of his being assumed dead in New Guinea, fighting World War II with the Australians and being stranded and making a new life in Australia after the war.
Sitting on a bluff overlooking the San Pedro in Southern Arizona are the ruins of the 18th century Spanish Presidio (Fort) Santa Cruz de Terrenate. Here is the story of the fort's history.
While not a serious competitive sport, ostrich racing events are held at carnivals and fairs around the country. In Arizona the annual Ostrich Festival in the city of Chandler features ostrich races
World War I was the second time in American history that conscription was used to fill the ranks of the U.S. Army. Here is how it worked, its effects on veterans, politics and its legacy ever since.
Flower Wasps (Campsomeris ephippium) are newcomers to the U.S. having expanded north from their Central American habitat. They are a beautiful bright orange & black color and are hunters of beetles.
Instructor's experience using humorous pictures as weekly reminders of upcoming assignments to increase student engagement in online economics course. Surprisingly more students completed assignments and tests and fewer disappearing from the course. Grades also improved
Arizona's Montezuma Castle National Monument is one of numerous Federally protected historic ruins in the Southwest. Unlike many, Montezuma Castle is largely intact and an easily accessible side trip
Sitting along Interstate 17 in Arizona's Verde Valley between Phoenix and Flagstaff is an ancient Indian ruin known as Montezuma Castle. Here is its history.
During World War II Nazi Forces laid siege to the Russian city of Leningrad for 872 days. The city never surrendered but 3/4 of a million inhabitants died of starvation and disease as a result.
For over 80 years a candle has glowed in the window of the Garlock House at 211 N. Main St. in Canandaigua, NY. Supposedly in memory of a son killed in World War I, the son's name has been a mystery.
Leonid Golikov (АЕНЯ ГOАИКOB) 16 year old Russian partisan in World War II. Killed 78 German soldiers in his 10 months of combat. Attacked and captured documents from General Wirtz. Died in combat
Peppersauce Cave in southern Arizona is relatively well known, but it's not a tourist attraction. It's in a wilderness area on the north side of Mt. Lemon in the Santa Catalina mountains north of Tucson.
Arriving at work shortly after sunrise on a recent spring morning my wife noticed a beautiful white flower on one of the cacti in the gardens on the grounds where she works. Unlike many other species of cacti, such as the majestic saguaro or the...
Arizona, the last of the contiguous 48 states to be admitted to the Union, has the distinction of celebrating it statehood with Valentines Day as it was admitted to the Union on Valentines Day 1912
When water pipes behind walls spring a leak it is important to call a plumber immediately. Left unfixed, leaking pipes can do serious damage to a building.
Thursday August 11, 2011 Veliky Novgorod, Russia Northwestern Russia, where Veliky Novgorod is located, was hit hard during World War II or, as the Russians call it, the Great Patriotic War. But the Russians fought back with equal...
Inflation is never good for a nation. Inflation causes prices to rise on all goods and services in the economy which makes it more expensive for people to buy things. From the perspective of an individual, inflation is no different...
To be successful on HubPages and other online writing one needs to regularly spend time learning and improving.
Frank Luke Jr an American World War I Fighter Ace and Medal of Honor winner known as the Arizona Balloon Buster
First impressions are important. Failure to make a good first impression at a job interview will prevent your being hired. Visible tattoos and piercings do not make for a good impression at a job interview.
A humorous account about how technology is driving down costs, increasing demand and changing how work is done. Skilled workers benefit from more job opportunities while unskilled lose jobs.
November 9, 2010 (updated Jan 16, 2011) As one of the long time writers on HubPages I have recently had the honor of being interviewed by the HubPages marketing team as well as by a couple of outside publications regarding my experiences...
It was my Father who instilled in me a love of history. However, for him history was not an exercise in memorizing dates, names and places, but rather the story behind the dates, names and places. Told or written as a story, history comes alive...
September 14, 2010 A visitor to my Hub Cookie Cutter Cookies left the following comment on that Hub: But WHERE is the cheese cookie recipe? I lost my recipe that was in the newspaper, and went to this website but only see ads for cookie cutters. ...
Sent by his home state of New Hampshire as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in September 1776, the Irish born Matthew Thornton arrived in time to be the second last signer of the Declaration of Independence.
After first voting against resolution to declare independence, Delaware delegate George Read later signed Declaration of Independence after other two members of Delaware's delegation to Second Continental Congress voted for independence.
A classic American success story. Arriving as a penniless Irish immigrant, George Taylor worked hard, married the boss's daughter and was elected to the Second Continental Congress where he signed the Declaration of Independence.
During the American Revolution many men and women answered the call to duty. Many, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, etc. became famous. Others, like James Smith, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, did their duty and then returned to private life and were mostly...
A third generation Irish-American, Thomas Lynch and his father, Thomas Sr. were the only father & son to serve together in the Second Continental Congress. Ill health forced Thomas Jr. to leave the Army. He was then sent to Congress where he signed the Declaration of Independence following which...
A very busy man, Irish born Thomas McKean served in the 1st and 2nd Continental Congress, fought in the Army, signed the Declaration of Independence and was the Presiding Officer (in effect President) of Congress when England sued for peace during American Revolution.
February 21, 2010 In his long awaited public apology on February 19th, fallen golf star Tiger Woods included the following paragraph in his scripted apology: I have a lot to atone for, but there is one issue I really want to discuss. Some people...
Viewing some old spring operated, Mao Zedong clocks at a flea market turned into a teachable moment as I showed my son what clocks used to look like and what China endured under Mao's dictatorship.
Globalization and modern communications are bringing the world closer together and causing more customs and traditions to be shared. But sometimes a popular new holiday from abroad conflicts with an existing holiday as with Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year.
A number of years ago while living back in my hometown of Rochester, New York and working in my first job which provided me with a two-week paid vacation, I teamed up with my younger brother and sister, who were also working in their first jobs, to...
Learn about what fighter pilots in the Air National Guard do and what's required to become one from a former AF air navigator.
True love is all around us but it is so common that we don't notice it. True love is more than the fiery romantic passions that draw two people together. As the fires of passion cool they are repla
The Pilgrims were not the first to celebrate Thanksgiving in America. Learn how this holiday's traditions have continued to evolve since the Pilgrims.
Learn how the tradition of Roman Catholics eating fish on Fridays began. It's a practice still common at churches, organizations, and restaurants in areas with large Catholic populations despite the fact there's no rule designating Catholics to do so.
It is common knowledge that France was America's ally during the American Revolution. What is not so well known is the fact that Spain secretly funded both the French forces and American forces fighting against Britain in the Revolution.
Volcanoes, like their close cousins earthquakes, are responsible for both massive destruction as well as for the creation of many of the beautiful landscapes on our earth. The Earth as we know it today was created eons ago. The job, however, is...
Just west of Alamogordo, New Mexico on the north side of US Highway 70 lies White Sands National Monument. The term national monument is a U.S. Department of the Interior term that refers to an area of historic, natural or other significant interest...
Just east of the White Sands National Monument and White Sands Missile Range sits the city of Alamogordo. Perched on a hill overlooking the city is the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Given that southern New Mexico has been a major center of...
Fruits are not only good for your diet and health but they are also tasty and easy to serve. One of the benefits of modern transportation is the ease with which fresh produce can be transported from farm to store shelves thereby allowing people the...
La Casa Vieja de Analco in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a structure constructed initially by Pueblo Indians a century or more before Columbus arrived in the New World. Used almost continuously for over six hundred years, it is the oldest continuously-inhabited house in the United States.
When do cactus bloom in Arizona? The Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona, while dry, is anything but a barren wasteland. Many plants have adapted to its arid environment. In the spring, these cacti and other plants burst into bloom.
Despite the fact that Tucson Arizona is in the old Spanish Southwest, its roots are Irish as the fort that became Tucson was constructed under order of the Irish born Spanish Commander Hugo O'Conor
Green Beer along with corn beef and cabbage are traditional St. Patrick's Day favorites. Learn how these come to be associated with a day celebrating the life of a saint.
Teachers can use the spreadsheet function in the free Google Documents service to easily create a grade book in the Cloud that is accessible anywhere at anytime. No more having to remember to carry your paper grade book or accidentally leaving a thumb drive with grades on a public computer.
Since the beginning of time marriage has been a mixture of both love and economics with almost as many people through the ages marrying for money as for love.
As December approaches each year, the name St. Nicholas is encountered with increasing frequency. This is understandable given the Saint's close association with Christmas which falls in December. The Feast of St. Nicholas, the day set aside by...
A story about the headless ghost that haunts the 18th century Old Fort Niagara in western New York. Two young officers in a remote outpost, one beautiful young maiden and alcohol leads to tragedy.
June 19th is Butterfly Day, a fact that I learned when I went to an online greeting card site to send a birthday card to a colleague and discovered cards for Butterfly Day. I did a few quick Google searches to learn more about this holiday but,...
The story of a World War I American Indian from Arizona who became he first Arizonan and first Native American to die in combat in WW I. Mystery still surrounds his reason for changing his name to Mathew B. Rivers when he joined the Army.
In responding to a reader's request on how to fill out grants II would like to start with a question: are you looking for another source of funds for the business you mentioned in your profile or are you working with an organization or a school that wants you to help them in applying for grants?
Online instruction is a growing field. Here are some strategies for transitioning into this new and exciting area of education and training.
A brief history of this American berry along with cranberry bread recipes and links to other cranberry recipes.
As with other living things, people need food in order to survive. As a result, food has always played an important role in human life. For most of history the problem with food has been its scarcity. Hunger and famine have been a staple of the...
The purpose of investing is to acquire ownership rights in income producing property. The property is needed, of course, in order to produce some good or service for which people are willing to exchange money or some other good...
The word style has many different definitions but many of them refer to the form and appearance of something. Phrases like a classic style, she has a good sense of style, something is in style, a new style, changing the style, etc. all refer to the...
Like practically everyone else in the world, I enjoy hearing a good joke and, when I can remember, them, telling one as well. The problem is that most of the jokes I hear or remember are usually widely known so I focus on telling personal experiences that are funny.
It is often said that the Lord works in mysterious ways and in allowing me to fulfill my desire to follow in the footsteps of my father, of which I am the first born of five, and have a large family of my own, the path has been anything but...
Valentine's Day is for lovers. People meet fall in love and marry. But tight finances result in engagement & wedding rings waiting until later-here is a story of rings received 4 years after the we got married.
Globalization and modern communication are bringing the world closer together. Part of this coming together is the celebrating of holidays world wide, which were once, like Valentine's Day, limited to specific nations or continents.
When Père Noël, as Saint Nicholas is known in France, visits households for Christmas, he is accompanied by a ruffian-like character named Père Fouettard. While Père Noël rewards good little children with treats, Fouettard is the disciplinarian responsible for punishing the bad children.
Is Santa Claus real? This is a question on every young child's mind and a dilemma for many a parent. But why destroy the fun and magic of Christmas in the interest of total transparency?
Sitting at the corner of Fort Hill and North Main Street in the small City of Canandaigua, New York, is a stately old home with a candle glowing perpetually in its right front window. Find out why below.
Black cats were not a part of the ancient Celtic festival that became today's Halloween. Yet today, black cats are a major Halloween symbol on par with jack-o-lanterns and witches.
By signing his name on the Declaration of Independence as Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Revolutionary War patriot Charles Carroll of Maryland left no doubt as to who he was. This would have made it easy for King George III to identify and hang, draw and quarter Carroll as a traitor had America...
Part of the fun of travel is the surprising discoveries one can make when traveling down back roads and off the beaten track. On a recent trip back to Rochester, New York I came upon just such a discovery while touring an area of the city that was...
Inflation occurs when the supply of money in a nation increases faster than the increase economic output in the nation. It usually occurs when the government creates money faster than the growth rate of its economy. Hyperinflation occurs when money creation is out of control.
Contrary to what many people think, Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the 5th of May, is not Mexican Independence Day (that holiday is celebrated on September 16th). Instead, Cinco de Mayo celebrates celebrates the victory of the Mexican Army over a superior French force that tried to take over Mexico.
Visitors to the city of Tucson, Arizona in America's Southwest are often surprised to learn that this city just north of the Mexican border was founded by an Dublin born Irishman named Hugo O'Connor. Read the amazing story of how this Irishman came to be a general in the Spanish army and founded a...
German Diplomatic telegram sent to German Embassy in Mexico via Washington, D.C. seeking alliance with Mexico in World War I. Intercepted by British and became basis for U.S. entry into World War I.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (also known as Church of the Resurrection) is a large Basilica in Jerusalem the construction of which was ordered by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 325 AD. The land on which the church sits both Mt. Calvary where Christ was crucified and the tomb in which Jesus...
Eggs, a symbol of fertility and new beginnings have long been associated with Easter as has the tradition of decorating eggs for Easter.
The Easter Rabbit or Easter Bunny is a symbol associated with Easter. However, the rabbit's association is the result of its association with pre-Christian spring festivals.
There is a bright new face in Canadian politics and it belongs to the thirty-seven year old Belinda Stronach. Well endowed with wealth, beauty, brains and ambition, she is a lady to be reckoned with. Stronach's father, Frank Stronach...
Our Christian faith teaches us the Christ arose on a Sunday. However, instead of falling on a specific Sunday each year the date fluctuates by as much as a month. The answer to why the date fluctuates has to do with the date of the Jewish Passover and the influence of the Jewish calendar.
Pack rates come in two varieties – two legged and four legged. The two legged variety is very common and is found all over the country and beyond. This human species of pack rat looks and acts like other human beings with the exception...
March 14th is Pi Day. A Day for math geeks and others who love working with numbers to to chill a bit and have some fun celebrating a day that is both Albert Einstein's birthday and a representation
The 1856 Guano Islands Act encouraged Americans to search for and claim deserted islands with large amounts of guano (bird poop), for making gunpowder and fertilizer.
Attending a family reunion of descendants of my nineteenth century Irish ancestors migrated to Canada. Mingling with fourth cousins I learned a lot about my Irish roots.
The origins of Valentine's Day whose origins date back to the Early Christian Church. Since its early beginnings the holiday and its customs have continued to celebrate romantic live down through the centuries.
Chocolates are synonymous with Valentine's Day as gifts of chocolate are among the most common gifts given to one's love on Valentine's day. In addition to great taste, the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate make it an ideal romantic gift.
How to Detect bogus offers of good paying work at home jobs that are really illegal money laundering positions.
January 14, 2007 One of the world's smallest countries is up for sale. Only one family and some employees live there and all of them have homes elsewhere so this is more like buying an expensive (very expensive in that the sellers would like an...
Martin Luther King Jr. accomplished much in his life. Thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. legal and other barriers that denied or restricted the rights and opportunities of black citizens have been eliminated. But, Dr. King, like other great leaders, built upon the previous work of his...
Repossession generally refers to a lender taking possession of a vehicle from a borrower who is in default on a vehicle loan. Because vehicles, like houses and other types of real estate, have value and can be sold, lenders are more willing to not...
Hazard insurance, commonly referred to as Homeowners Insurance, protects people against loss of value to their homes or other expensive property due to natural hazards, vandalism and other accidental damage that reduces the value of the insured property.
Part-time employment opportunities are ideal for students, homemakers, retirees and others who don't need or want to work full time. Here are descriptions of ten different types of part-time jobs.
December 26, 2006 Elin Nordegren skyrocketed to fame after meeting and becoming engaged to golf superstar, Tiger Woods. Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren was born in Stockholm, Sweden on January 1, 1980 to Thomas and Barbro Holmberg Nordegren. ...
The eight maids a-milking addresses two of the major themes of fifteenth and sixteenth century English celebrations and parties during the Christmas holidays – food and romance. What is a feast or party without food? Especially foods that are not...
Dec 20, 2006 (updated 12/27/2010) The three French Hens probably refer to a variety of chicken from France. There are many varieties of chicken and in the period during which this carol developed there were three main varieties of chickens...
Dec 19, 2006 (updated 12/27/2010) While the Twelve Days of Christmas is a very popular song, some of the lover's choices of gifts for his beloved seem odd to many people today and the gift of a partridge in a pear is one of the seemingly odd...
December 13th is observed as the birthday of the National Guard, the nation's citizen soldiers who live and work in our communities but in times of emergency suddenly switch to their soldier role to help defend our nation as they have done in all wars, except Korean War, since colonial times.
Revenge is not a very healthy activity as it requires a person to hang on to their anger and direct their energies toward getting revenge on the person that harmed them. However, revenge's less lethal cousin, getting even, can be a satisfying way of hitting back at an annoying person.
St. Nicholas Day, celebrated on December 6th provides opportunity to help relieve the tension of waiting for Christmas for young children by giving them a taste of the celebration to come. St. Nicholas after all was the original Santa Claus and a real Saint to boot. Here are some ideas for...
Loan officers are employees of financial institutions whose job it is to make loans to customers. Having a college degree does not hurt but it is often not a requirement for the job. What is needed good customer relations and ability to judge a borrower's ability to repay the loan.
We have all experienced the awkward feeling that occurs when we are with strangers and there is silence. We want to talk or at least break the silence, and we keep hoping that the other person will say something. If that person remains silent and...
It may seem strange for criminals to have a patron saint, but Christianity is about redemption, and, as the patron saint of thieves, St. Nicholas rworks to turn thieves in his care away from a life of crime. In this story, he succeeds in turning two young thieves away from a life of crime.
St. Nicholas, from whom Santa Claus has evolved, was a real person and saint who is still honored on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day, each year.
Advent is one of the spiritual parts of the traditional Christmas Season. Among the traditions of Advent is the Advent Wreath. From ancient times people of northern Europe have used wreaths to remind themselves of the coming of Chrstmas
Becoming a fighter pilot is the dream of many, but only a few complete the grueling training. Here is what you need to do to become a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
All you need to make homemade cranberry wine are some simple household items, a packet of wine yeast, and some fruit juice from a neighborhood grocery store.
Advent calendars are a relatively new tradition that began about 200 years ago in Germany. The tradition began in the Protestant areas of Germany where some families began preparing for Christmas by marking off the days from December 1st. The...
The best way to make friends is to get out and meet people. The key to finding people and making friends is to become involved in organizations and activities that interest you. Since friendships are usually based on common interests, the...
St. Nicholas, who morphed into Santa Claus, was a real historical figure, but much of what is known about him is mainly legend. Here is a story I created for my children using the legend of St. Nicholas and the Merchant's Daughters as the basis.
Valentine's Day is a day when men show their love to their mate with a gift. There are a variety of gift options and here are some ideas for finding the gift that best expresses your love.
While Black Friday may be the start of secular Christmas preparations, Advent, which usually occurs within a few days of Black Friday, is the start of the spiritual part of the Christmas season. Learn how to slow down and enjoy the Christmas season through the observance of Advent.
November 24, 2006 At the risk of sounding either sexist or hen-pecked, my solution is to find yourself a good wife and let her make these decisions. While I am sure that there are many men who make excellent interior decorating decisions, I...
Down through the ages most people have wished they had more wealth and people today are no different. Here are some legal ways to acquire the wealth need to become rich.
A quiche with a green salad and a glass of wine or beer makes an excellent dinner which can be prepared in about an hour. Even better, you can make it up on the weekend, freeze it, then pull it out and heat in the microwave for an even faster...
Most recipes describe how to prepare some type of food. However, in this Hub I intend to describe how NOT to prepare a dish. Oh, the preparation is easy enough. The food in question is Buffalo Wings which are deep fried, spicy chicken wings. ...
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, a day to remember the day that World War I ended and to honor those who died fighting in that war. It was later renamed Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars
Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday that is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Here is a recipe for the traditional Day of the Dead Bread which is both fun to make and good to eat.
About an hour's drive southeast of Tucson along Interstate 10 is the Texas Canyon rest area. The rest area is at the north end of the canyon and the scenery in that area is fantastic. There must have been some gigantic geologic upheaval in...
In previous Hubs I have discussed how a supply side tax cut works. For the past quarter of a century tax cuts have been synonymous with supply side economic theory and Republican Administrations (from Reagan in the 1980s to Trump in the 21st century).
A couple of hours drive south east of Tucson, Arizona is the old silver mining town of Tombstone. Best known for the gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone lives on despite the depletion of the mine. Instead of mining and cattle ranching, the town's...
Whether through travel, work, or the Internet, many Americans find love and marry someone from abroad. Here's how to legally bring your spouse to the U.S.
Just when you think you are safe, a new problem crops up. According to an online article from Computerworld (by Mike Elgan, October 13, 2006) our computers are not only vulnerable to cyber viruses but are also a breeding ground for disease causing germs.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has been a Christmas staple for almost a century. This is the story of how Rudolph's modest origins as a simple store giveaway in 1939 became a Christmas classic.
Five hundred years before Christopher Columbus discovered America, Vikings, under the leadership of Leif Erikson, landed in the New World. Today, Leif Erikson is honored with a national holiday, October 9th, which occurs a few days before Columbus Day.
Mention the word anarchy and most people visualize chaos and mayhem. This image of chaos certainly fits society's experience with anarchy in the past century or so. After all, it was an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz, who assassinated President McKinley...
Growing up in Western New York State, the onset of fall meant apples. Apples were abundant in food stores and farmer's markets around town. My great-Aunt and Uncle had two apple trees at their lake cottage and apple orchards dotted the...
Columbus Day in the United States began as a holiday by Italian-Americans to celebrate their heritage by honoring the Italian seafarer who discovered the New World for Europe
Pumpkins are members of the squash family and are thus vegetables. In addition to making a pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, a pumpkin can be baked and served as a vegetable;e in a meal.
Quick and easy recipe and instructions for making a delicious and nutritious pumpkin bread. Pumpkin Bread is a great addition to a holiday dinner as well as a tasty and healthy after school snack.
Pumpkins are native to the New World and were cultivated by Native Americans long before the arrival of Europeans.
I often have to remind students in my economics classes that things like statistics, financial statements, supply and demand diagrams, etc. are similar to photographs in that they provide a picture of something at a specific point in time. To...
Halloween is an ancient pagan festival of Samhain which was observed in the Autumn by the Celts of the British Isles. Over the centuries the observance of the holiday survived with the name change to All Hallows Eve or Halloween which recognized its being observed on the eve of the Christian All...
Since its release to the public on August 6, 1991 the World Wide Web has resulted in drastic changes in the way we do things as well as made our lives infinity better. The September 22nd OneWeb Day Internet Holiday is a chance to reflect on and appreciate these great changes.