On the Rail Again

You know, there’s something to be said for public transportation, especially trains. Here I am, on my first American train, bound for Chicago. Almost immediately I’ve lapsed into the giddy feelings that come with traveling someplace new. I’m not traveling to Rome or Lancaster, however, but rather to a near neighbor. As I stepped onto

Before E-Harmony, There Was…Eliza Farnham?!

In doing research on how the scarcity of women impacted the nineteenth century gold rush phenomenon, I found one particularly interesting “nugget” of information. Apparently, someone attempted to create a virtual dating site back in the mid-1800s, or, at least a close equivalent. Eliza Farnham concocted a scheme in the 1850s to provide wives to

Holy is as Holy Does: Elizabeth Barton, the Nun of Kent

One would think that during the religiously and politically chaotic times of the 1530s in England, many people would learn to NOT incite the wrath of a vengeful monarch. But, no, many people tempted Madame Fate by actually disagreeing with their lovingly gentle and just monarch King Henry VIII, especially on the issue of his

Betwixt Some Twenty-Odd Books and Insanity

In the midst of being quite literally surrounded by about a dozen-and-a-half books on the California and Yukon Gold Rushes (how I love capstone…), my friend shared with me a little gem of a video reimagining Mr. Henry VIII if he had a “sassy gay friend”. Take a break from your day and laugh a

Are There Positive Effects of “Globalization”?

Time and again, I hear people complaining about globalization. To quote the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition, globalization isĀ  “the action, process, or fact of making global; esp. (in later use) the process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale, widely considered to be at the expense

10 Lessons Learned From My Junior Year

My junior year by far has been the craziest, most stressful, hardest year of my university career. Basically, it was everything I was told it would be. So, what did I learn in the midst of it all? Read below to find out::

The Beginning of the End?

No, I promise, I’m NOT talking about the apocalypse, which some evangelists say is going to occur May 21, 2011. Rather, I’m musing on the fact I have one year left of my undergraduate experience at Carroll. It’s crazy to think that by the fall, I’ll be up to my neck in my senior capstone

Just Your Everyday Arch

Consider this an addendum to the previous post about black and white photography. I found this picture and forgot how much I loved it. This archway shot was taken my last weekend in England when I stayed with my friend Ruth in Kendal (in the illustrious Lakes District). We were walking through Burness on our