Yo-Ho-Ho and an ‘X’ Marks the Spot

On November 14, 1883, pirates were born. Well, pirates as we know them. After months of serialization in the children's magazine Young Folks, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" was published as a novel on this day by Cassel & Co publishers. The swash-buckling tale of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver was massively popular and … Continue reading Yo-Ho-Ho and an ‘X’ Marks the Spot

The Panic That Never Actually Panicked

In 1898, English novelist H.G. Wells published a novel entitled The War of the Worlds in which a spaceship from Mars lands on Earth, inciting panic and leading to conflict between humans and extraterrestrials. It was groundbreaking for its time, highly popular, and still ranks among the most read and most celebrated science fiction novels … Continue reading The Panic That Never Actually Panicked

Will the REAL Independence Day Please Stand Up?

Happy Birthday to the United States of America!   Wait...what? America's birthday is generally accepted to be July 4. Independence Day. A day filled with ┬áhot dogs, fireworks, and flags. The day our founding fathers banded together to declare independence from Great Britain, marking the end of colonial rule and the birth of a new … Continue reading Will the REAL Independence Day Please Stand Up?

It’s All The Farmers’ Fault…Again!

It's that time of year again. A time of simultaneous joy and dread, elation and despair, all depending on which side of the fence you sit. Summer. Break. That too-long but oh-so-short hiatus in school schedules and homework, book reports and science projects, early mornings and jam-packed afternoons. It's weeks upon weeks of bare feet, … Continue reading It’s All The Farmers’ Fault…Again!