Monthly Archives: February 2014


The groundhogs predicted six more weeks of winter, and where I live, that would seem to be correct, so here are some snow/winter-based historical reading suggestions, along with a couple related to black history month and the Olympics, the winter version of which started in Sochi last week. Ages 3-7 Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen […]


Some movie ideas reflecting Black History month, either in regards to being about slavery or the civil rights movement or because they’re history-based movies with a young Afro-American hero or heroine. Akeelah & The Bee (2006) A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court (1989) Cool Runnings (1993) Forever Young, Forever Free (1975) Glory (1989) (14+) […]


Question: How many spectators attended the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France in 1924? Answer: Ten thousand spectators assembled to watchtwo hundred and fifty-eight competitors from sixteen different countries. Less than a dozen were female, and all of those were figure skaters. A kid-competitor, twelve-year-old Norwegian skater, Sonja Henie, didn’t fare too well at those […]


It’s National Sweater Day! The idea is to show support for energy conservation by wearing extra sweaters. Sweaters are knitted garments, and knitted garments have been around for a long time. How long is hard to say, but fragments, and sometimes whole specimens of what are now known as Coptic socks have been found on […]


Now that The Mud Rose has been released, it is time for me to concentrate on writing Book Three of my Time Rose series (The Spirit Rose). This means that I will have less time for blog posts, but I will try to put something up at least twice a week.


According to legend, if groundhogs coming out of their holes today happen to behold their shadows, they will take fright and scuttle back inside, signalling another six months of winter weather. If, however, the day is too cloudy to produce shadows, we can look forward to an early spring. The spring predictions associated with this […]


February celebrations and events with histories kids might like to investigate. Candlemas (February 2nd, worldwide Christian celebration of the presentation of the Infant Jesus at the Temple after the purification of His mother, Mary) Groundhog Day (February 2nd, USA & Canada) Viareggio Carnevale (February 4th – March 4th, Viareggio, Italy) Sapporo Snow Festival (February 5th […]

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