The Way We Were by Joyce Ray Wheeler Edmonson County in rural Kentucky where I grew up was known as the poorest county in the state. My father, a bachelor at this time, owned the first car in the county. It was a Ford, and on the day of the purchase, someone showed him how […]
DYK: The true meaning of a long shot?
Did you know that…. In the past, guns were only accurate at short range and a ‘long shot’ (fun fired over a long distance) only had a small chance of hitting its target. That is how the term ‘long shot’ derived.
DYK: Pease porridge hot, peace porridge cold
Did you know that…. In olden days all kinds of food went into a big pot for cooking. If you sat down to a meal with a family you often had to take ‘pot luck’ and could never be quite sure what you would be served. Sometimes what was in the pot might be […]
DYK: A visit to the powder room
In olden days, after ladies had their hair styled by a servant, they would have a servant fill a bellows with powder to powder it. To contain the powder, there was often a small room set outside for this called the Powder Room. Thus, the name of the powder room came into being. VINEGAR OF THE […]
The Night 30,000 people drowned in the Baltic Sea within minutes
We often remember the Titanic sea disaster, but did you know there was a sea disaster that even surpasses the Lusitania and Titanic combined. Excerpts (in italics) are from The Milwaukee Sentinel Feb. 7, 1954, The Night 30,000 people drowned in the Baltic Sea by C. S. Forester. On 30 January 1945, 30,000 people mostly […]
Circleville Ohio – the town that changed from a circle to a square [photographs & video]
Circleville is the county seat of Pickaway County, Ohio. Christopher Gist, was the first recorded European explorer to the area. When he arrived around 1750, he found ten families of the Delaware Indians from Pennsylvania in a settlement named Maguck. Town was named after Native American Hopewell culture earthwork More European settlers by 1810 and they […]
DYK: Can you imagine what people once smelled like?
DYK: Did you know? In olden days people didn’t bathe often because they thought if you did, you’d go into decline and die. Consequently, they became quite smelly. They usually only bathed completely in May or October, when the weather was warm. Young ladies started carrying “nosegays” of flowers under their noses the day of […]
Ten facts about the annual Perseids Meteor shower you may not know
Spectacular meteor shower The Perseids Meteor shower occurs in August each year, and this year promises to be a spectacular year. Peak activity is soon: Overnight August 11th – 12th, overnight August 12th – 13th. In the distant past, meteor showers frightened and caused panic as can be seen by this one that occurred over […]
DYK: Have you ever won hands down?
DYK: Did you know? The old saying to ‘Win Hands Down’ comes from horse racing. If a jockey was a long way ahead of his competitors and sure to win the race he could relax and put his hands down at his sides. Three complete historical novels in one book Tapestry of Love Historical Series […]
Taste from the Past – A Recipe from the 1920s for Salt Codfish Salad and Fish Timbales
Two more fish recipes from the 1920s to try. Salt-Codfish Salad Soak one pound of salt cod in cold water overnight. Drain water, put more cold water on it, just cover and simmer for 30 minutes; drain; cool; flake with a fork, and to this add equal quantities of cold boiled potatoes and three medium-sized […]