Saturday, March 9, 2013
The year is 1720 and a ship of Irish immigrants departed from Ireland in search of a new life in the New World. They left Londonderry, Ireland for their destination for New Hampshire. The ship "Wolf" carried these immigrants across the Atlantic but fate would intervene. As the "Wolf" neared the coast of New England, it was attacked and boarded by Spanish pirates led by a captain named Don Pedro.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
There was an interesting article that caught my attention this week while surfing the web regarding what I thought was a novel way to solve a problem. The issue is the reptile known as the brown tree snake. This snake is native to eastern and northern Australia and in its normal habitat is part of a food chain that helps control it and keeps the snake population in check. Two predators for this creature are the cane toad and the red bellied black snake.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
What happened to honor among thieves I ask you? Just last week when one thought that things could not get any worse in Coaldale with their inability to keep full-time police on duty, now we discover that one of their elected officials is a felon who in the past sold methamphetamines to state police officers and pleaded guilty in court several years ago. The conviction in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania at least prevents one from holding public office permanently according to the Constitution.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
In a stunning turn of events for most of the world this week, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation effective February 28th, 2013 due to the lack of "strength" to continue with his responsibilities as pontiff. I did some reading and found that other pontiffs in the history of the Catholic Church resigned as well, but not all of them were voluntary. From what I can find three other pontiffs have voluntarily given up the top post in the Roman Catholic Church.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Off the coast of Nova Scotia, there lies an island that has a history of mystery and treasure. Oak Island is the site of one of the most famous and longest lived treasure hunts in history. At the center of this historical enigma is a hole called the Mystery Pit or the Money Pit. To date, six people have lost their lives exploring and trying to unravel the mystery of this pit which has been excavated to a depth of over 190 feet with no end in sight.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
I came across a fascinating article the other day regarding reputedly one of the oldest portraits of a woman known to exist being placed on display in the British Museum called Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind. According to the United Kingdom website, The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/jan/24/ice-age-art-british-museum) the portrait sculpture is 26,000 years old and depicts the face of a woman in an ivory tusk. It was discovered in Europe in a valley in what today is Moravia and is an artifact from the last Ice Age.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I remember my last three years of high school receiving a reading list from which we chose fictional works for the purpose of studying and writing book reports as a means to take our learning from beyond those textbooks we would read. I'm sure most of us have been tasked with the job of writing at least one book report in our careers and many of us had written several before school was completed. I know with Mr. Harkins we had to read at least four or five books in his class, one for each marking period practically.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Jules Verne was one of the greatest science fiction writers arguably in history. Some of his stories eerily predicted current technologies at a time when they were considered pipe dreams and fantasy. One such novel which we discussed last week was "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" which had a nuclear submarine at the center of its story of maritime retribution.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
It was one of my favorite adventure movies growing up and I looked forward to it each time I knew it would be on television. "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" with Kirk Douglas and James Mason was one of those films that stuck with me throughout my life. I hardly ever missed seeing it when it was on television. Captain Nemo as portrayed by Mason was one of the first anti-hero villains I remember and his performance was stellar. Granted it was an adventure movie but it still snagged two Oscars in 1955 for Best Art Direction and Best Effects, Special Effects.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
I hope everyone has had a very Happy New Year with friends and family. Welcome to 2013, and all the hopes and joys it has to bring to you. As part of the celebration we typically watch the ABC New Year's Rockin' Eve program and this year it was bittersweet as we watched the retrospective tribute to Dick Clark who became the icon of the celebration over the past several years. I remember when I was a child my parents and grandparents would observe New Year's Eve by watching Guy Lombardo . It will be interesting to see if Ryan Seacrest becomes the new Mr. New Year's Eve.