Food history nerd, living a mostly outdoors life in Greater Cascadia. Writing about a little bit of everything. Especially obsessed with historical research.

Dangerous opportunities for Black men in 18th and 19th Century America

A whaling boat is dwarfed by the enormous whale in the foreground, men in a small boat. There is a schooner in the background
A whaling boat is dwarfed by the enormous whale in the foreground, men in a small boat. There is a schooner in the background
An etching showing the sheer scale of whales and whaling vessels. Many whalers were Black men.


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Yod and his followers. Source: The Isis Aquarian Archives

Faith and place in an inconsistent world

California and The Source


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photo: Eileen Cowen


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Chestnuts popping from their protective burrs. source: the Genetic Literacy Project

Our songs sing their praise, our mythical holiday traditions include them in our reminisces. So, what really happened to all the chestnuts?


being a natural redhead is more than just a hair color — it is a life identity.

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“Red Sonja” portrayed by the decidedly un-ginger but incredible Brigitte Nielsen


King of the Hill, season 9, and reflections of a militarized society

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King of the Hill, animated show on Fox


Why do so many white academics risk racial appropriation?

A university classroom with empty chairs, looking towards the professor’s pulpit
A university classroom with empty chairs, looking towards the professor’s pulpit
Free to use (CC0) via Pexels


an array of spices against a grey background. Cinnamon, anise, turmeric, etc.
an array of spices against a grey background. Cinnamon, anise, turmeric, etc.
Photo by Mareefe from Pexels

The Roman influence


You don’t owe forgiveness to anyone. Not family, not friends, not even your partner.

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Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay


Sad stories of loss to remind us of love

A painting of a mother with a baby superimposed on her body. She carries her child, even though he is no longer living.
A painting of a mother with a baby superimposed on her body. She carries her child, even though he is no longer living.
“A Missing Piece of Me” by Katie M.Berggren (https://shop.kmberggren.com/default.asp)

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