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A crime still so bitter: the fall of Jerusalem in the First Crusade.

Today 915 years ago, on July 15, 1099, one of the most heinous and barbarous war crimes in the long bloody history of the human race occurred on the soil … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is wrong–as a matter of faith.

I don’t often comment on news or current events on this blog, though I have done so a few times. This blog is primarily about history, writing, and things that … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Marie Laveau: Voodoo, Race and Female Power

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 16th of June 1881, Marie Laveau, Louisiana Creole ‘princess’ of Voodoo, died in New Orleans, Louisiana, aged 79. “A…

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: Orphaned Land, “Norra El Norra” [video].

I have my iPod on random shuffle while I’m doing research in the library, and yesterday a song by the awesome Israeli prog/death metal band Orphaned Land happened to come … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Disappeared: Lee Cutler, missing 7 years.

The disappearance of Lee Sterling Cutler, age 18, from Buffalo Grove, Illinois is one of the more famous missing persons cases of the past decade, having been profiled on an … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · 8 Comments

A tangled tapestry of faith and prophecy: the Fátima events.

A few days ago when I started planning this article I expected to write a short, fairly straightforward description of the events surrounding Our Lady of Fátima, a fascinating episode that … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: The Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel.

This is one of the most recognizable sets of ruins in the world, and the center of the world of Judaism: the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The wall, also known as … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 22: the Bamberg Bible.

In the mid-15th century, one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of human communication occurred in central Europe, in what’s now Germany. Johannes Gutenberg developed the printing press that … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The beginning of the end of Communism: the Bratislava Candle Demonstration.

Today is an absolutely wonderful and fascinating historical anniversary. Twenty-six years ago today, on March 25, 1988, over 5,000 Slovaks attended a peaceful demonstration in Hviezdoslav Square in Bratislava, then part … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Apocalypse Chapel, St. Egid, Klagenfurt, Austria.

  This is a bizarre place that only a full spherical panorama can do justice. The paintings that adorn every square inch of the interior of the “Apocalypse Chapel,” actually … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 1 Comment
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