Monthly Archives: December 2016

The mystifying death of this woman is just the beginning of her story

If you’re familiar at all with the hit Broadway show Hamilton, then you know all about the famous duel in which Aaron Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in 1804. When the smoke cleared, Burr fled to South Carolina where his daughter, Theodosia Burr Alston lived with her family. Skip ahead to 1813 and we find Mrs. […]

How did the Sound of Music become a Christmas movie?

Last night, like every other year, I stayed up to watch The Sound of Music on network TV while I wrapped Christmas presents and waxed poetic about my watching this same movie as a kid. I sang all the songs with enthusiasm despite being totally tone deaf and I went to bed with visions of […]

Few know the surprising origin of the Yankee Swap

If you are from Maine or any New England state for that matter then chances are pretty good that you’ve participated in a Yankee Swap during the holidays. But do you really know what a Yankee Swap is or where it came from? Be prepared to be amazed as I drop some historical facts on you. […]

How to survive a snow day with kids

My phone rang at 4:35 a.m. this morning. I didn’t answer it because I just knew it was the school robot calling to tell me the news that schools have been closed for the day due to treacherous weather conditions. While many parents bemoan a snow day as some form of torture, a big part of […]