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One of the Old Testament period's more thrilling adventure tales concerns a follower of Yahweh who took a great risk to save a city from an invading Assyrian army. With nothing more than a keen mind this pious believer thwarted an invasion. The story, though, was not considered canonical by the Hebrews who compiled the texts comprising the Old Testament because the tale's heroic figure was a woman.
Bernadette Soubirous, a mid-19th century French peasant girl, had visions of the Virgin Mary on 18 occasions in a small cave near the town of Lourdes. Her religious experience led to a media storm and a religious controversy still of interest today -- can divine miracles happen?
Martha Jane Cannary, better known as Calamity Jane, was perhaps the West's best known female colorful character. During the course of her life she worked as a prostitute, an Indian scout, and performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The legend she left behind includes many exaggerations and outright lies; sorting fact from fiction in the life of Calamity Jane is difficult.
The Bazaar, the Wicked and the Downright Crazy is an unexpected journey into human action--it is "our" story as a species, as a people and as individuals. If you are a thinker, you will probably relish in this piece as it is a little bazaar, a little wicked and maybe even a little crazy in and of itself. Yet, it finds it way into the promising and positive. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
Joseph Carey Merrick lived his life in Victorian England as a "human novelty exhibit". As the infamous "Elephant Man" Merrick's grotesque appearance was sufficent to incite public outrage; he made women faint at the sight of him. Beneath his hideous deformities, however, lay the spirit of a sensitive, albeit wounded soul, with intelligence and respect for other living things, including those who'd wronged him.
46 years after her death, the Catholic Church beatified Bernadette, the first step toward canonization as a saint. During the years of investigation, her life and her death were examined in detail. Her body was exhumed more than once, and initially found free of advanced decomposition, a condition known as "incorruptibility".
"The Amityville Horror" entertainment franchise (books and movies) is a product that has generated many millions of US dollars since its creation in 1977. Unfortunately, the "true story" of a house possessed of demons was a manufactured lie created in cooperation with two newlyweds, George and Kathy Lutz.
History has left women bereft of a true sense of place in many cases. None are as undervalued in the United States today as women of African descent. There are, however, many truly talented, intelligent, and courageous black women who should be remembered and celebrated for their achievements.
Civilization: A Short Unexpected Journey through a Religious Past is an article I believe will captivate the thinker--not because I have written it so well but because of the subject matter itself--Certainly if you are a member of one of the 3-big world religions, you will discover this article to be thought-prevoking if nothing else. It is after all your history and your future.
A Most Unexpected History of America is indeed,a journey into a most thought-provking and often shocking past. While the text covers the historic roads well traveled, it is the "side trips" that promises to intrigue and excite you. It is a longer piece, packed with pictures, so poor a glass of wine or cup of coffee, lean back and enjoy...
Burke and Hare were a pair of serial murderers operating in Edinburgh in the early nineteenth century. The result of their actions was a change to how anatomy was done in the country, with greater regulation and an increase in the supply of corpses, in order to remove the circumstances that resulted in these murders.