A Month of Christmas: Childermas, or the Feast of the Holy Innocents, and the Book of Hours

The Feast of the Holy Innocents, also called Childermas or Innocents’ Day is a Christian feast held on December 28 in the Western Church and December 29 in the Eastern Church in remembrance of the execution of all male children two years old and under in the vicinity of Bethlehem by Herod the Great — king of Judea — in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Childermas, or the Feast of the Holy Innocents, and the Book of Hours

Modern Gobelins of Belarus

I really do love learning. My job as a teacher and my hobby of stamp collecting really do offer me constant opportunities to learn something new and putting together this blog allows me to make new discoveries each and every day. With the “random stamp day” articles, I never know where I will be led. Today’s entry comes about as a result of searching for … Continue reading Modern Gobelins of Belarus

Queen Nefertiti and her Famous Bust

Sometime in my early teens, my father gave me a book by Peter Tompkins called Secrets of the Great Pyramid. At the time I had a great interest in tunnels, caves and other “hidden” places and Tompkins’ maps and details of the passageways inside utterly fascinated me. I soon found myself studying Egyptology which eventually led to studies in Archaeology at Kansas State University and the University … Continue reading Queen Nefertiti and her Famous Bust

United States #1322 (1967)

Mary Cassatt “The Boating Party”

Did anybody ever tell you that you look a little like Mary Cassatt a mother and a child arranged, estranged a mere brush stroke apart while underneath your varnish hides an unpossessible soul you remind me of someone I don’t know who somebody who’s so hard to know —”You Remind Me of Someone” (lyrics ©1994 by Bob Walkenhorst; from The Rainmakers album Flirting With The Universe (Mercury Records, … Continue reading Mary Cassatt “The Boating Party”

Niger #430 (1978)

Niger #430 (1978)

The Republic of Niger (République du Niger in French) is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River, located along the border between the Sahara and Sub-Saharan regions. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Niger lies between latitudes 11° and 24°N, and longitudes 0° … Continue reading Niger #430 (1978)