Author: Sharon Lathan

Infant Feeders and Bottles

The need to supplement or substitute breast milk is not a modern problem. For a host of reasons, the functioning breasts of a mother (or wet nurse) were not always immediately available. What was one to do for the hungry baby? Infant feeders and bottles! FEEDERS (examples above) and BOTTLES (examples below) designed specifically...

Spit Jacks and Bottle Jacks

The low-tech and most common method for roasting meat was to hang the haunches and poultry from metal hooks over the flames. (see image below left) The cook or assistant cook manually turned and moved the meat to the desired temperature zones as needed. More commonly, however, young servant boys...

Regency Era Charades ~ Test Your Riddle Solving Skills

Even if one has never played charades, the game of mime and acting skill is familiar. We can all envision a person standing silent before his/her fellow players as the mystery word or phrase is conveyed with dramatic performance. Not an easy game to be sure and the biggest challenge...

Darcy Saga Characters: The Marquis of Orman

Continuing on with the series delving into the many secondary characters inhabiting the nine novels and one novella comprising The Darcy Saga. It is fun for me to revisit the plethora of pivotal, important characters interacting with the main characters. Hopefully it is a fun endeavor for all of you...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2022

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life…a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons,the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year— and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.~ Ray Stannard...

Thanksgiving Facts & Trivia

Way back in 2015 I wrote a series of three blogs on random Thanksgiving related trivia. While facts of the past do not change (usually), trivia related to statistics can. I figured it was time to peruse the internet for any fun-facts I might have missed previously and to update...

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: A History

In many ways New York City invented the Christmas season as we celebrate it here in the United States. From NYC artists creating our version of Santa Claus to the commercialization of shopping for presents to massive trees erected in town squares, New York deserves the credit for cementing the...

Darcy Saga Characters: The Fitzherberts and The Drurys

Continuing on with the series delving into the many secondary characters inhabiting the nine novels and one novella comprising The Darcy Saga, this post will complete the study of the gentlemen and ladies comprising the closest friends of Darcy and Elizabeth. It is fun for me to revisit the plethora...

US Presidents, Turkeys, and Pardons

Turkeys are so indelibly linked to Thanksgiving that it is natural to imagine the delicious birds have been the main dish since the Pilgrims and Wampanoag feasted together in 1621. As revealed in my blog on The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving last week, turkey was not recorded as part...

Samoset and Squanto: The Native Americans who helped the Pilgrims

Practically from birth, American children are taught the story of the Pilgrims’ arrival on the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor in November 1620. I’ve covered this historical event and the aftermath in yesterday’s blog: The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving. Stories of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving are certain to...

The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving

On September 16 in 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England. The ship’s 102 passengers and around 30 crew members were comprised of religious separatists known as Puritans who were seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith, and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and...

Serve Unique, Historical, Dish-licious Treats this Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING is fast approaching here in the US, and as everyone knows, food is a BIG and central aspect of this traditional holiday. For most of us, we have our established dishes that must be cooked year after year. In my household that “must have” no-compromise dish is the dressing recipe passed down...

Darcy Saga Characters: The Hughes and the Sitwells

This is now the third post in the series delving into the many secondary characters inhabiting the nine novels and one novella comprising The Darcy Saga. It is fun for me to revisit the plethora of pivotal, important characters interacting with the main characters. Hopefully it is a fun endeavor...

Turn up the heat! Winter is coming!

November is well under way and with the clocks turned back an hour, the cold dark of night comes sooner than many of us probably want. Here in the northern hemisphere, if we haven’t yet turned our thermostats to the hot setting, we will eventually. Thanks to industrial innovations and...