Georgian Era Coin “Love Tokens”

Georgian Era Coin “Love Tokens”

Two hundred years ago, love tokens offered an enduring and romantic means of expressing devotion to a cherished person, often but not always a lover. Acceptance of the token admitted a return of affection. One common practice was to personalize legitimate coins, usually by smoothing and engraving them (by hand) with a message or romantic imagery. Engravings were most… Continue Reading

Dashing David Lyon

Dashing David Lyon

I love this portrait of David Lyon. Isn’t he dashing? Possibly a bit Darcy-esque? He has the refined air, proud stance, slender musculature, and elegant, chiseled face we all imagine when envisioning Mr. Darcy. His richly nuanced clothes, from the fur lining his coat to the slim cane and dandyish handkerchief, the gentleman in this portrait screams high position and… Continue Reading

Floriography ~ H, I, and J flowers

Floriography ~ H, I, and J flowers

Continuing on with my study in Floriography  —  the cryptological communication through flower use or arrangement. For the first post covering A and B flowers, as well as a short history on the “language of flowers”, click HERE. For C and D flowers, click THIS LINK, and for F and G flowers this is the… Continue Reading

Vocabulary Rocks! I is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! I is for…

Moving along in the alphabet to the letter I… more fascinating history lessons in etymology and strange words for your enjoyment! For previous entries on this topic, a blog category search for “vocabulary” will bring up the archived posts. I LOVE vocabulary!   Illinois The state of Illinois is a French version of the name of… Continue Reading

It’s confirmed: Bookworms Live Longer!

It’s confirmed: Bookworms Live Longer!

An August 8, 2016 article by Erin Blakemore on Smithosonian.com I just stumbled across is so fascinating I have to share. Below is the whole article, but to read on the website, here is the link: Bookworms, Rejoice: You May Live Longer   Bookworms, Rejoice: You May Live Longer Let’s face it: People who love to… Continue Reading

A Tribute to Gene Wilder

A Tribute to Gene Wilder

I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Gene Wilder. Granted, he hasn’t been in anything recently, and indeed his wealth of classic movies will endure forever, yet it is always a shame when someone so supremely talented passes on. Rest in peace, Mr. Wilder, hopefully in the company of your beloved wife… Continue Reading