Birth of Einstein, Death of Hawking

Today, the 990th blog entry on A Stamp A Day, features two of my personal heroes — one of whom I had the pleasure to hear lecture and meet afterwards. The Isle of Man honored both great scientists in one stamp set issued in 2016 and so it is the perfect match for today’s article. Due to combining the two anniversaries along with limited time … Continue reading Birth of Einstein, Death of Hawking

A Month of Christmas: The Wreath

A wreath is an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs, or various materials that is constructed to form a ring. The word wreath comes from Middle English wrethe and from Old English writha, band. In English-speaking countries, wreaths are used typically as household ornaments, most commonly as an Advent and Christmas decoration. They are also used in ceremonial events in many cultures around the globe. … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: The Wreath

A Month of Christmas: The Christmas Tree

The teaching agency that I work for is located at a large shopping mall in the center of Phuket island, Thailand. For several years, a huge Christmas tree would be installed in late November directly outside of our entrance. Two or three years ago, this tree went airborne during a massive windstorm and pieces of it littered the nearby streets for quite some distance. In … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: The Christmas Tree

The Establishment of Jamestown in 1607

When I was growing up, I was quite blessed that my family undertook long vacations each summer from our homes in Texas, Tennessee, or Kansas. Many of these holiday trips had as their final destination the home of a relative, most of whom lived on either the Atlantic Seaboard or out west in California. En route from our mid-America starting points, we would drive from … Continue reading The Establishment of Jamestown in 1607

Peel Castle on the Isle of Man

Peel Castle (Cashtal Purt ny h-Inshey in Manx Gaelic) is a castle in Peel on the Isle of Man, originally constructed by Vikings. The castle stands on St Patrick’s Isle which is connected to the town by a causeway. It is now owned by Manx National Heritage and is open to visitors during the summer. Peel (Purt ny h-Inshey in Manx, meaning Port of the … Continue reading Peel Castle on the Isle of Man

Maiden Voyage of RMS Queen Mary 2

On January 12, 2004, RMS Queen Mary 2 (QM2) set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the United States, carrying 2,620 passengers. She was under the command of captain Ronald Warwick, who had previously commanded Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2). Warwick is the son of William (Bill) Warwick, who had also been a senior Cunard officer and the first … Continue reading Maiden Voyage of RMS Queen Mary 2

Christmas 2017 – Isle of Man #436 (1990)

Growing up and continuing into adulthood, one of my favorite activities of Christmastime has been the sending and receiving of greeting cards. I took great delight in selecting appropriate cards for each recipient and displaying those I’d received around my living spaces. It has now been a long time since I’ve received a traditional Christmas card; last year, I did participate in a Facebook group … Continue reading Christmas 2017 – Isle of Man #436 (1990)