Question: What famous train went into service on February 24th, 1923? Answer: The A-l Class # 1472, later known as ‘The Flying Scotsman’. (Got a number change as well: # 4472.)  

February’s history based or bygone era TV and/or movie suggestions. As with the February book recommendations, these are Mardi Gras or Black History based. Being Elmo- A Puppeteer’s Journey (2011) (An Afro American Puppeteer) The Biscuit Eater (1940) (Mid-Twentieth Century) & the 1972 Disney Re-Make Buck & The Preacher(1972) (Old West) Man & Boy (1971) […]

February’s historical book suggestions are Black History Month or Mardi Gras based. (Okay, so some of the latter are modern – but Mardi Gras itself is old.) Ages 3-7 Dinosaur Mardi Gras by Dianne De la Casas Gaston Goes To Mardi Gras by James Rice The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (Mid-Twentieth Century […]

Despite the myriad complaints about winter from Lady Trixie, Lord Lucky, and the rest of us, we certainly didn’t have to endure what our ancestors did.

Like most Christian festivals, Mardi Gras (French for ‘Fat Tuesday’) probably had pagan origins before becoming yet another Roman Catholic tradition that Europeans transported to the New World. Originally a time of feasting and celebration taking place just before the Lenten season, (during which both of those were very much frowned upon), Mardi Gras has, […]

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