Some call them "Songs of the cloth" and few know about the French Chanson de Toile fixed poem form even though it is a fascinating look into Medieval poetry. Any poet wanting a new challenge should explore this Old...
Should every poem form designed remain in use forever? Take the example of the French Pastourelle poem as it existed in the Middle Ages -- would it work for poets today? Would modern readers be able to relate to...
Whether we knew it or not most of us were exposed to poetic light verse in nursery rhymes, both modern and old. How many of us though know that light verse has many variations?
When we think of mammals, we often don't realize that a few mammals lay eggs. Learn about the duckbills and the platapus and their unique history as a mammal.
In Weavers And Weaving - Part I, and in Weavers And Weaving - Part 2 -- it would be irresponsible to leave out all the wonderful influences on textiles that came from other parts of the world -- all of which are part of...
Weaving is the oldest of the great crafts. Goethe called it, "The nurse of civilization." The elements of weaving are the thread and loom. Nature provides four main fibers: •Cotton •Flax •Silk •Wool Cotton was...
Wise and learned men and women in all periods of the world's history have devoted their lives to the healing and prevention of disease. In ancient times, and during the Middle Ages many useful discoveries were made...
Family relationships can reveal alot, even in the deer family. Do you know the difference between elk and deer? You may be surprised to learn that many we call "elk" are really deer.
There are over ninety-one different types of antelopes (most of which are native to Africa), however, what many people don't realize is that the giraffe, okapi, and prong-horned antelope -- are all not related to true...
In the land of where the deer and the antelope play, something is wrong with that word picture -- antelopes are not native to North America. What we call an antelope, is really another form of deer.
True fishes are those with bony skeletons. Some of them are as vicious as the sharks and the rays. In fact, the Barracudas, which are a true bony fish, are known to be more feared than most sharks. Barracudas are...
Cotton is an important part of American history and cotton is the most valuable fiber in the world. Its uses are so many that you couldn't even begin to list them all. We wear cotton clothing (or cotton blends), almost...
The history of button making is an interesting one that dates back to ancicent times. Learn the early methods of making buttons from vegetable ivory, metal, button, horn, bone, and various other materials.
There are so many interesting facts about elephants it's hard to know where to begin. Do you start with their eyes? Or their ears? what elephants eat? Baby elephants? Or talk about elephant myths?
Truth About Mosquitoes Not all mosquitoes are ministers of death. Unless they are themselves infected, they cannot transmit disease to us. The germs of malarial and of yellow fever, of which mosquitoes are the...
Are you looking for your Honda Acura's computer connector find why your "check engine" light is on? Look no further. Here's the skinny on Honda Acura codes.
We all learned about Sir Humphry Davy somewhere in school, but do you know the real story beyond the laughing gas? What is the connection between safety lamps and this famous scientist?
It's funny how little ordinary things created entirely by nature loom so largely in the back story of history. It makes you wonder what is it inside of mankind that coveted what non-human creatures are only capable of...
Certainly a bow and some applause must be given to the relatives of frogs and toads who are the salamanders, newts, axolotis, and their allies. Generally, they follow the system of the typical frogs in their breeding...
Down in the deep sea is life abounding, strange, and even loathsome, with here and there such radiant beauty as is not to be explained by human intelligence. First, there are the sharks in the family of fish giants. To...
The most widespread of all diseases at one time was malaria. It all began with the bite of a mosquito. Indeed today, malaria still infects nearly a half million people each year, and kills at least one hundred and fifty...
Red foxes are well known to most people, especially here in the United States, even if they aren't an animal we see everyday. What isn't thought about much, is the fact that they are wild relatives of the dog. Among...
Few people know the difference between a date and a fig. Learn not only the differences between dates and figs, but all the unique history both share.
Sometimes it's easy to forget about the importance of shrubs. They are not only visually beautiful in the garden, but in the wild, they are but one more component of a vital part of Mother Nature's plan. One usually...
Jellyfish, whether found on in the beach or in the water can be both dangerous and fascinating. Find out about these transparents disks of beach life and what you don't know may surprise you.
A Hymn Etched Into The American Backstory Back in 1874, a Methodist minister organized a Sunday School workshop of sorts on Lake Chautauqua, in New York. Whole families signed up to two week long camps that while...
It's important to know how to light a fire without matches. Learn the fascinating history of this every day item we all take for granted.
Learn the scientific facts about your distance vision. There is a formula for calculating how far you can see.
Sarge's joke of calling his mother-in-law, Madame Butterfly and then always amending the nickname to Madame Ailanthus came about when he learned that her silkworms come from the Ailanthus Silk moth, not some beautiful...
Growing watermelons successful need not be a mystery. Here are some tips for growing the best watermelons you've ever tasted.
Have you ever wondered which common edible wild plants are safe to eat? If you do learn about them, you'll never have to worry about being hungry again. Here's an introduction to Common American Wild Plants.
Shipping containers turned into homes is an old idea, that needs a new look. Repurposing takes on whole new meaning when it comes to housing.
There are bee charmers and horse whisperers, and then there are those who can tame a rooster. From the very moment I met the rooster tamer, I was both jealous and in awe. Admittedly, I tend to be a...
There are memorable people in this world, the ones we can't easily forget. The ones whose memories last us a life time. Then, there are our canine friends who make the same lasting impressions. This is about one of...
What if we have stolen the history of many peoples by rewriting it, as though it were our own? Native American folk stories were all part of my education in becoming a Cajun traiteuse (faith healer). Learn what it...
How do you grow a friendship? The importance of friendships is important to all of us, but perhaps more important to our girls than ever before. Learn why teaching the tools to friendship to our girls is key to their...
Travel is stressful for pets, as they are creatures of habit, sticklers for routine, and prone to motion sickness and anxiety when traveling. However, with proper pre-trip planning you can make this experience a...
Controversial cockfighting still exists in certain cultures and countries, depite having been outlawed. This is the true story of one of those involved in the sport and the fate that he met.
Overcoming the challenges of living beyond natural disasters was all part of my education in becoming a Cajun traiteuse (faith healer). Learn what it takes to be a part of this mysterious world of a lost folk art.
This guide to traditional Cajun songs is an introduction to what makes a song Cajun. It explores the interpretation and evolution of standard Cajun tunes. It includes an indepth look at one favorite Cajun song - Jolie...
In the history of traditional Cajun music, the loud and attention getting "triangle or ti-fer" (little iron) is often an overlooked part of the sound and feel of this musical genre (pronounced tee fair). This triangle...
The Cajun guitar is the glue that keeps the Cajun band together. This is an overview of the Cajun Guitar and the Cajun guitarists that made the music what it is today....
Retirement changes the dynamics of our relationships. This is especially true of marriage. Read this article for tips on coping with your spouse's retirement....
Trained by a Cajun Great Grandpere I learned in childhood common folk remedies. Some of them I've seen work, some not. Come explore with me, a few of these "cures."
This is a beginners introduction to collecting antique oyster plates. Learn the basic styles, numbers of depressions, and more popular china marks to collect....
The race to save the world's most endangered trees, begins at home. Learn about Florida's most endangered trees and some of the issues regarding the world's most endangered trees.
Are you looking for an unusual and baked-from-scratch cake? Not that long ago, molasses was a common kitchen staple in the well-stocked pantry. Today, many people would not know what it is. Additionally, even if...