Seventy-six years ago today. From an article commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary: Pfc. Jacklyn Lucas, 17, of Plymouth, N.C., was surprised when he suddenly saw two enemy grenades at his feet. He forced them into the sand with his rifle butt and his hands, and covered them with his body. He didn’t even have the chance to… Continue reading February 23, 1945
So here we are on February 22, 2021, all set to observe George Washington's 289th birthday. Right? Not so fast. It's true that, for years, February 22 was a national holiday in the United States. Banks were closed. Schools were closed. No mail was delivered. Department stores nationwide celebrated the end of the "white sales"… Continue reading Happy (Belated) Birthday, George Washington!
Niccolò Machiavelli is best known for his work The Prince, written in 1513. Today, his name is often associated with political deceit and deviousness. To be Machiavellian is to behave unscrupulously. The actual man was quite different than his modern reputation. He was a staunch believer in republican government, and was viewed as an honest… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: A Novel About Niccolò Machiavelli
She was born in Birmingham on January 23, 1912, into an England that was rending itself apart. Suffragettes demanding a woman’s right to vote were chaining themselves to Parliament’s railings, smashing storefront windows in Oxford Street, and living-room windows in Downing Street. Newly-empowered Socialist labor unions were flexing their muscle, threatening strikes in coal mining,… Continue reading Jenny Alice May Mapson, R.I.P.
Oh, holy cow. It’s January 22. Exactly 120 years ago today that Queen Victoria popped her clogs breathed her last. I don’t know why the recency of that date surprises me so much. Perhaps because so many members of my family whom I remember were alive on that date. Great Granny, who was born four years… Continue reading The Widow At Windsor
Happy January 21! The sun has come up, the earth is still turning, and life goes on in these United States. Today is, according to legend, the 1717th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Agnes of Rome, patron saint of young girls and defender of the chaste. Brutally murdered in AD 304 at the order… Continue reading “Lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon”
This week's book review by Ricochet's Seawriter takes us out of this world and on a journey to other galaxies. It's a look at The Founder Effect, a collection of stories by well-known authors with an interesting perspective on how histories and legends grow from man's initial colonization of a new world. One day humans… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: The Founder Effect
This week, Ricochet's own Seawriter takes us on a journey through the dark days of the Battle of the Atlantic, in C.S. Forester's 1955 novel, The Good Shepherd. Forester was a particular favorite of mine through junior high and high school, and I read all the "Horatio Hornblower" books in order--an odd choice for a… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: C.S. Forester’s The Good Shepherd
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan--President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941 My dad, who fought in WWII, was a great raconteur. He told stories well, entertainingly, and usually with… Continue reading The Soldier’s Deck of Cards
Mark Lardas is an engineer, freelance writer, historian and model-maker living in Texas. Mark posts on Ricochet as "Seawriter," and is well-known for his regular and much appreciated reviews of books on all subjects. Of his reviews, he says "I have an unusual approach to reviewing books. I review books I feel merit a review.… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: Technology Knit into the Fabric of Society