Monthly archives: May, 2016

Hillary isn’t the 1st.

On this date in 1872, Victoria Claflin Woodhull became the first woman candidate for president of the United States. She had almost no formal education, and women at that time were not allowed to vote. But Woodhull had a history of breaking new ground. Her father, a petty criminal who sold snake oil, put her…



fiendishly-pithy-quotes

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hOW TO FORMAT A BOOK IN MICROSOFT WORD

I’ve used Word for years, and I didn’t know much of what’s on these free videos about formatting a book. http://www.diybookformats.com/mswordtemplates/  



Today is Cinco de Mayo,

The Fifth of May, commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862 when 8,000 well-armed French troops were routed by 4,000 ill-equipped Mexican soldiers. It wasn’t a crucial battle in the course of the war, but became a symbol of Mexican pride and a celebration of Mexican culture in…



Today is the birthday of Dr. Benjamin Spock

Born in New Haven, Connecticut (1903). He wrote The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946). It began, “You know more than you think you do,” and it became the parenting bible for all the post-war moms and dads raising the baby boomer generation. People like Spiro Agnew and Norman Vincent Peale blamed his permissive…



Don’t vote until you read this book.

http://www.amazon.com/American-Conspiracies-Dirty-Government-Tells/dp/1616082143/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1462129479&sr=8-5&keywords=Jesse+Ventura  



It’s the birthday of novelist Joseph Heller

Born in Brooklyn (1923) and best known for the novel Catch-22 (1961), about an American bombardier named John Yossarian. During World War II, Yossarian attempts to get out of the Army by faking a liver ailment, sabotaging his plane, and trying to get himself declared insane. It became an international best-seller, with the title entering…



Order, Age, and Pareidolia

  In his Essay on Criticism (1711), Alexander Pope (1688-1744) wrote: A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts [swallows] intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely [drinking great quantities] sobers us again. In Greek myth, drinking from the Pierian spring instilled knowledge. In modern terms,…