A picture of 4 different grosgrain ribbons

From Grosgrain to Grog: When History, Alcohol, and Crafting Meet

Grosgrain- a common word in the crafting world has ties to rum, the British Navy, and the father of America. What could tie crafting, history, and booze together? Read more to find out!

Tibetan Blue Bear (''Ursus arctos pruinosus'')

“Mead Paw” the Original “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”

Solving a mystery that started with learning the French word for “bear,” l’ours. A change in terminology resulted from a religious, rather than a simple hunter’s, taboo on animal names, similar to the wizarding world’s taboo on the name Lord Voldemort.

Louis Rhead [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Back to Robin Hood

Yes folks, here it is – another post referencing a Disney classic, the illustrious Robin Hood. Oo-de-lally! I haven’t seen this movie in years, and as a child I never paid much attention to Little John’s question, “Are we good guys or bad guys? You know, I mean the ‘our robbing the rich to feed the poor’.”


Harvest: An Examination and Application of Definitions and Connotations

The word harvest may not mean what you think it means. In this article I explore the word’s origins and then apply the meaning to Rep. Scott Rigell’s recent announcement regarding permitting drilling for oil off the coast of Virginia. I do not think it is fair to the word harvest to use it in such a context. I believe other words are more appropriate and promote a stance that views our energy needs in terms of harnessing rather than owning.