The Americas Before the Mayflower

The Arawak greet Christopher Columbus on his landing on Hispaniola.  Image courtesy of Library of Congress.

As children, most of what we learned about the Native American population of the Americas was based on what colonists and conquerors saw after they had already left their mark on the land and people. But, what was life in the Americas like before Europeans arrived? And, what happened in the century after Columbus landed? 1491 by […]

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Travel Back in Time to London, England

  London is my absolute favorite world city.   No matter how many times I visit, I feel like I've not even scratched the surface of discovering all the city's secrets.    But, plane tickets are expensive, so I can't go as often as I'd like.    When I can't be there in person, I […]

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Vampires, Werewolves and Victorian London

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Vampires, werewolves and the well-dressed Victorian lady who attempts to teach them to mind their manners. Soulless Alexia Tarrabotti has no soul.  It’s not her fault; it’s just the way she was born.  But, it certainly hasn’t helped her avoid spinsterhood.  And, matters aren’t improved at all when she accidentally kills a very rude vampire […]

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