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Is the torch of democracy getting picked up by others?

Tom Engelhardt of rarely disappoints and this Tomgram is particularly poignant: Tomgram: Engelhardt, Washington’s Echo Chamber (Feb 24th, 2011) Freedom is never free, it must be earned, and fought for. It is clear that even after toppling several dictators, the people of Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya have a long struggle ahead of them, but […]

Weekend in New York with La Belle Compagnie

We had a lovely weekend museum hopping in New York with La Belle Compagnie and enjoying the hospitality and cooking of Deb and Steve. The museum hopping started at The Morgan Library and Museum where we got to see a Magna Carta on display. We spent a lot of time perusing the digital archive of […]

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Complete failure of the mainstream media

So Iran’s election appears to be rigged. It looks like Mousavi won by a very large margin, and that Ahmadinejad came in a very distant third place (eg: only 5.69 million votes to over 19 million for Mousavi and well over 13 million for Karoubi); and that despite the obviously clear to the public victory […]

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Marietta’s Marching Through Time 2009 Pictures

I did not even know someone was taking pictures with our camera, but found them when I downloaded the photos of our love seat. Belated gallery of MTT 2009 photos at:

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Marching Through Time

Just spreading the word that this weekend (April 18th and 19th) there will be a living history timeline event at Marietta Mansion (5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD) that is open to the public for a nominal fee ($8/adult, $5/ages 5 & older, FREE/4 & under) from 11am to 5pm both days. A timeline […]

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Gorgeous Sunrise over Bull Run Park

On my way to get Erci‘s car serviced, I captured this image with my iPhone. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by so much beauty. I was very fortunate to be out all weekend with La Belle Compagnie at Colonial Plantation in beautiful Ridley Creek State Park between Philadelphia and West Chester. The sycamore […]

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Weekend Fun

Had a great, if exhausting, weekend with La Belle Compagnie in Charlottesville. Went to Shebeen Pub both Saturday and Sunday for wonderful South African food and pub food. Interesting mix of cuisines. The American History Weekend event was fun, lots of very interested visitors, and weather that got a bit too warm if you weren’t […]

La Belle Public Shows in October

La Belle Compagnie is participating in two public shows this October. La Belle is a living history group focused on English history during the Hundred Year’s War, and right now we are focused on 1388. The first is from 9am to 5pm on October 4th and 5th in Charlottesville, Virginia; it is called the American […]

1381: The Peel Affinity

Oops – forgot to post about the point of the whole weekend shindig at our house, it was the publishing party for 1381: The Peel Affinity, An English Knight’s Household in the Fourteenth Century (please order directly from the publisher through that link). I am of course already familiar with the material, but seeing it […]

‘The Peel Affinity’ is coming soon

For those of you who know about us through La Belle Compagnie, the book we worked on for a long time is finally getting published and is expected sometime in 2008 (February is tentative). The Peel Affinity has it’s own website, thanks to our amazing publisher, Shumacher Publishing, LLC.