“Braveheart” Defeated the English Because Their Commander Slept In Late

The Battle of Stirling Bridge -- The English Commander Slept in Late William Wallace Memorial On a hill overlooking the plains of southern Scotland is a 220-foot castle tower museum dedicated to William Wallace, “Braveheart,” “the Guardian of Scotland.”   In the 1200’s, the English had captured the strategic Stirling Castle. On an early morning in … Continue reading “Braveheart” Defeated the English Because Their Commander Slept In Late

Origin of Friday the 13th and Why It’s My Lucky Day

"Fun Facts" and "Personal Experience" The Origin of Friday the 13th: Massacre of the Knights Templar The most popular legend is that King Phillip IV of France and Pope Clement V conspired to eliminate the political threat, and seize the massive wealth, of the Knights Templar. So, on Friday, October 13th, 1307, hundreds of Knights … Continue reading Origin of Friday the 13th and Why It’s My Lucky Day

Simeon Stylite Became a Saint by Sitting on a 50-foot Pillar for 37 Years

I learned about Saint Simeon Stylite (390-459 A.D.) in a college history class. He was memorable because he was the world’s first “pillar hermit.”  He sat on a tall pillar 24/7 for 37 straight years. Simeon was born in modern-day Turkey in 390 A.D. He joined a monastery, but he was kicked out because of … Continue reading Simeon Stylite Became a Saint by Sitting on a 50-foot Pillar for 37 Years

Origin of: “Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”

(Post Script to previous article: "Extreme Spite: Man spent 19 years in a Israeli prison rather than agree to a divorce.") This phrase "cutting off one's nose to spite one's face," means “to do something that is meant to harm someone else, but also harms the person who does it.” The suggested origin of this … Continue reading Origin of: “Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”

Winston Churchill: Entertaining Stories, Classic Quotes, and Witty Insults

Winston Churchill is one of a dozen personal heroes in my personal Hall of Fame. In my opinion, he was the greatest statesman-leader of the 20th century. Italian Cruise Lines Late in life Sir Winston took a cruise on an Italian liner. A journalist asked why he chose an Italian ship instead of a British … Continue reading Winston Churchill: Entertaining Stories, Classic Quotes, and Witty Insults

My Ancestor Murdered the Archbishop of Britain

My 27th Great-Great Grandfather is Sir William de Tracy (1135-1189). He is a murderer. He didn’t murder just anyone. As they so, “Go big or go home.”  He murdered Saint Thomas Becket the Archbishop of Great Britain.  This is one of the most infamous events in British history. It is also a very interesting story. Who Represents God, … Continue reading My Ancestor Murdered the Archbishop of Britain

Lesson from the HMS Victory and the Battle of Trafalgar

In Portsmouth Harbor, on the south coast of England, rests the famous sailing battleship, the HMS Victory.  (This is the same harbor from which the D-Day Normandy invasion of WWII was launched.) The HMS Victory was Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship in one of the most famous naval battles in history, the Battle of Trafalgar.  The … Continue reading Lesson from the HMS Victory and the Battle of Trafalgar