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Dr.Seuss was not only a children's author, but a great satirical adult author as well. What do you remember about him? Sam I am? A seven humped wump?
Well, what about the naked Godivas? I'm sure you didn't know about that. He only published 2500 copies because it bombed it's first time around. Or what about his war cartoons? Some are hilarious, others a bit touchy. I didn't want to publish some so I picked a few less than horribly alarming ones. But, he was a product of the time, and as a historian I take that. I understand that.
the war effort only wanted his cartoons
Theodore Geisel aka Dr. Seuss wanted to join the War effort against Hitler and the Nazi's but instead the War wanted him to be a cartoonist along with Frank Capra. Capra is famous for It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and It Happened One Night (1934).
What did Dr. Seuss Do?
Why he made a cartoon!
In case you didn't know Private SNAFU stands for "Situation Normal, All Fouled Up." This cartoon is about to teach a private about how to be a good solider. Seuss wanted to be in the Navy, but alas he was called to prose and cartoons.
Great PROPAGANDA posters from dr seuss
The Seven Lady godivas are all naked!
Dr. Seuss even attempted a nude book int eh 1930s all about the often misunderstood and grossly underrepresented Lady Godiva and her seven sisters. The book entitled The Seven Lady Godivas:The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family was not a huge hit in the Children's market-but hey, he thought it might have enticed adults! The sisters will not get married, no-not unless they can bring a truth to man.
STory travel with the storyteller
Theodor Geisel: A Portrait of the Man Who Became Dr. Seuss (Lives and Legacies Series)
flicks to watch
The Lorax, if you must!
We all have to check out our PBS-this article on eight interesting facts will feed your need. Occasionally, I like the History Channel. This article is about a few little known facts.
The Dr. Seuss Museum review will be up tomorrow. But for now, let me say that it is well worth the trip to Springfield, Massachusetts to visit! It's got a lot of Seussian love for the avid adult child.
You can also visit Seussville online for kids content, and to get your daily Seuss fix.
More on the dr. seuss mural controversery
Every summer and fall there are hundreds, thousands of renaissance fairs in almost every county in the nation. This means that an equal number of troubadours, bar maids, barbarians, elves, kings, queens, and daring artists are there in turn. But, how accurately are they portraying these people? I came into this question while researching feminine hygiene in the Renaissance period. I doubt that these women are that hardcore!
holy women don't MENSTRUATE-only sinners do
Doctor's and learned menfolk of the time believed that the reason nuns or holy women did not menstruate was because they were holy. This rational worked for them, as men and women considered "Aunt Flo" a curse. If you had a hard period, it was because you were all the more evil. But, holy women hardly ate a worthy or healthy diet. Which of course is why they rarely menstruated. If there is a healthy diet a body cannot support pregnancy, or a monthly uterus shedding-let alone a human's health.
sex with MENSTRUATING women will kill your semen
For some it was a common idea that if you had sex with a woman on her period that you would loose your semen because that blood was filled with waste and decay. At best, if the woman did become pregnant it was still going to be a disfigured and horrible creature. This was accounted for in red haired women, and anyone with leprosy.
Tampons were made ...homemade
That's right-women used fibers wrapped around a stick and inserted into their areas. Or they used a lot of moss, and secured it somehow to stop the blood from flowing everywhere. Some of the research even stated that women were obsessed with staying as clean as possible because they believed in the corrosive properties of their periods.
Thus each cramp is a reminder of sin to a medieval woman.
One great fact-you had less periods in the medieval/Renaissance period. Why? Because the average lifespan was 30.
There you go.
So whether you are using moss, eating unhealthy, or simply enduring a homemade tampon-remember you live longer and have more periods.
Thoughts? Extra ideas?
The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. It is celebrated in many ways across the world. In an effort to keep this day alive in the culture of my children we have decided to honor our roots. We hosted a fire in our pit tonight. Consequently, when we touched the yule log the fire poofed out mid burning. Since the area that we live in has had snow and then a warm front come through that can be the only possible explanation. In honor of this event, I've unearthed some awesome places and websites to visit that showcase it all.
Interestingly enough Smithsonian recently published an interesting post on how the solstice light affects a Spanish missions. The churches from California to Peru are home to this fascinating site. The sunbeam enters the churches and bathes the altars in light.
A great song to sing at this time of year is the Holly and the Ivy.
Upon considering New England Christmas' I came across many traditions. Of course there is the trip to the tree farm where you can pick your tree, have an attendant take it on a sled to the shaker and then load it to your car. In some cases you can even have your photos taken professionally at the tree farm. Then there are the hundreds of light shows that are up and ready to be viewed in my area of Massachusetts. Or there is the tradition of seeing The Nutcracker-and visiting a mall santa. I just didn't want that this year, the mall santa I mean. I chose to review the best place in my area- Old Sturbridge Village.
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village literally spoke to my being, and it was something that i wanted to have my children experience. Now that we have, I will never be taking them anywhere else to see Santa but there. Every other Santa is a pallid comparison to a warm and inviting hug, an inviting smile, victorian red velvet clothing, and vest complete with a real beard. He knew the kids names, and even pointed them to the North Pole. Besides this, while waiting in the long, long line you were able to read my favorite book at this time of year A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore.
Christmas By Candlelight is a true new england experience
If you want to visit this wonderful event, then you have to make sure to mark it on your calendar next December. It's an annual event, that ran this year every weekend in December from 3:00pm until 8:00pm. Families can enjoy the North Pole area where you can talk with Tinsel the Talking Christmas tree, take in a miniature Christmas Village, visit with Santa and even sneak by the Elve's bunk as they take a rest before the busy night ahead.
Each house around the green was light by candlelight. The 19th century truly came alive, and the hearth fires were stoked in the homes around the warm communal bonfire. My children loved sitting in front of the bonfire, waiting to take a wagon ride around the town and sing carols while jingling through the snow.
Meet Father Christmas and visit Bob CRATCHIT'S home.
Visitors enter into Bob Cratchit's home and were greeted by the ghost of Christmas present who continued to greet us as well. He sat near a feast, much like the book, and movie renditions. He asked us to enter "Come in and know me better man!" My children who know A Christmas Carol, decided to ask him where his brothers were. This Father Christmas knew his stuff! The kids loved it. They talked enthralled, listened intently and were ready to visit the kitchen for a sample of 19th century gingerbread. We wanted more!
After Bob's house we visited Scrooge and Marley's home, set up as a counting house with two mannequins showing visitors how it would have been set up. We headed right over to the meetinghouse, to listen to a brass playing traditional music.
After the caroling, ornament making, mulled cider, and more caroling we were ready to go home with a feeling that we celebrated Christmas by making merry. It's what it should be! I learned something that I as a historian did not know! Mulled means to hea with a hot iron not the spices. Hmmm...
Punch and Judy helped as well, over 90 year old puppets beat each other in this traditional tale that all the children loved.
There is still time to visit. December 21-23 is the last weekend! We are definitely going to check out more OSV programs. If you want more information visit their website.
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