Happy February, everyone! The groundhog saw his shadow, so it’s six more weeks of staring at shriveled-up, brown vegetation and sighing over seed catalogs. Maybe I could grow corn on my back deck this summer?…maybe not. *wink* Speaking of gardening, the picture above was the top choice of folks who participated in the “Choose your…

   
This week marks the anniversary of the death of famous American poet/author/critic Edgar Allan Poe on Oct 7, 1849. Although the cause of his death was vaguely listed as “congestion of the brain,” the root cause is still a mystery. No autopsy was done or death certificate issued. The circumstances of Poe’s death: Poe was…

   
Happy Autumn Equinox, everyone! Today marks the “official” start of fall in the Northern hemisphere, with exactly 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness, and it’s all downhill from there as far as daylight goes, LOL, until December 21st. I hear it’s the only day where you can balance a pumpkin on its…

   
For many folks, summer means…baseball! And you know what? That was true in the 1890s, too, when the sport was in its second full decade. Rule changes and refinements during this time helped shape the sport into a closer approximation of the game we now know. For more about the specifics, check out this baseball history…

   
Internet searches are the oddest things. This time, I wasn’t doing research for the next Concordia Wells mystery (although in another post I’ll have to share with y’all some cool stuff I’ve learned about 1890s East Hampton, Long Island). This time, I was researching catios. What is a catio, and what does it have to…