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Music

Record Machine: Pearl by Janis Joplin

“Me and Bobby McGee” may be the more well-known song in the Janis Joplin oeuvre, but my Pearl favorite is the short, (nearly) a capella tune that follows.

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History

Medieval Legends

Not many people know this, but I have a fondness for “Strange yet true!” tales, of the type that are clearly false (stories about aliens, Bigfoot, etc). Nothing like reading some Carl Sagan followed by Chariots of the Gods. Modern legends are easy to find, but older ones can be hidden, forgotten or wrapped into […]

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Music

Ayuh Music: James Taylor’s “October Road”

James Taylor can do no wrong.

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Pop Culture

The Origins of the Bluebeard Tale

We’re all familiar with the tale of “Bluebeard,” of how a wealthy local creepster with several dead wives marries the daughter of a local lady.

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History

The Candace of Meroe

Hello, again, Persephoneers! I’m here to bring you another story about another awesome woman in honor of Women’s History Month. I came upon her story quite by accident last week while looking for information on lesser-known warrior queens. So without further ado, I bring you the Candace of Meroe.

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Parenting

The Tooth Fairy Cometh

When I first became a parent, I really looked forward to all the magical and secret parental rituals that made my own childhood so special. I’m talking about stuffing stockings at Christmastime, hiding chocolate Easter eggs in potted plants and inside my kids’ shoes and baking wax-paper wrapped coins into birthday cakes. But one piece […]