Civics 101

The political scientist inside me dies a little bit when she sees:

  • People who think “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is in the US Constitution. It’s not. It’s in the Declaration of Independence. Big difference, there.
  • That free speech is an absolutely protected right. It’s not. You can’t shout “fire!” in a theater if there is no fire, for example.

Please, my fellow Americans…….don’t make me cry. 🙂

For the CW file….

I love Colonial history. It’s probably my favorite period of American history, and, as such, Colonial Williamsburg is one of my favorite places. I especially love the Margaret Hunter Millinery shop.

Hats in the millinery shop

Hats in the millinery shop

So here, to feed my historical obsession, is a piece about CW, historical theater, and milliners.

Catholic Women’s Almanac No. 43

saint catherine of alexandria reading a book by marinari

Happy Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Co-Patroness of the Dominican Order! 🙂 

Outside my window::

Getting dark, and it’s COLD. Like in the teens at night cold. Brrr!


Black v-neck dress with a deep blue camisole, and black flats earlier, but those are off. My “grover” (my furry North Face Fleece, which is bright blue) is getting a lot of use as well these days.

In the kitchen::

Pasta, cacio e pepi, which is basically pasta with lots of cheese and pepper.


St. Catherine of Siena’s dialogues. I should finish this tonight!

Fun links::

Pride and patridges: Jane Austen and food. 

Knitting as a feminist issue? 

Praying for::
Angela in her “cancer eradication” surgery today. 🙂 (That’s what she’s calling it)

My pregnant friends

Around the house::

I have to start wrapping Christmas gifts. I did a lot of cleaning this weekend and my Advent wreath and my Nativity are both us. The tree is this weekend’s project. I only have work until Wednesday at noon, so a nice long holiday is in my future! Plenty of time to clean and deck the halls.

Being creative::

A bit less than 9,000 words left in NaNoWriMo sweeps! Yes! I also ordered a ton of new yarn today for a ridiculously low price, so I want to finish the scarf I have going on now and then clear my needles for the yarn that’s coming!

In the CD player::

Oh yeah, it’s Christmas music. 🙂

Plans for the week::

In no particular order: Thanksgiving (well, on Thursday, duh); three Pure Barre classes; my brother coming over with his girlfriend; the OSU Michigan game; putting up the tree; seeing Frozen, and going to a production of A Christmas Carol on Sunday. And I want to see Book Thief too!

Head over to Suscipio for more CWAs!

For the “totally nonbiased!” file

This is probably the worst sentence on Wikipedia:

…Mao is regarded as one of the most important individuals in modern world history.[1] Supporters praise him for modernizing China and building it into a world power, through promoting the status of women, improving education and health care, providing universal housing and raising life expectancy.[2][3] In addition, China’s population almost doubled during the period of Mao’s leadership,[4] from around 550 to over 900 million.[3] As a result, Mao is still officially held in high regard by many Chinese as a great political strategist, military mastermind, and savior of the nation. Maoists furthermore promote his role as a theorist, statesman, poet, and visionary, who has inspired revolutionary movements across the globe.[5] In contrast, critics, including some historians, have labeled him a dictator whose administration oversaw systematic human rights abuses, and whose rule is estimated to have caused the deaths of 40–70 million people through starvation, forced labor and executions, ranking his tenure as the top incidence of democide in human history. 


(Bold is mine)
Yes, the man who killed MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, abused their rights, and generally was a horrible person–he may have been a dictator. Just maybe. Starving women definitely helped raise their role in society! And raised life expectancy! I mean, if you provide universal housing and health care, does it matter what else you do? According to this writer–nope!



Orchard House!!!!! 🙂 🙂


Orchard House, located in Concord, Massachusetts, was home of the Alcott family from 1858 to 1877 and is where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women. Orchard House is open to guided tours and much of the original furniture, photographs, and mementos belonging to the Alcott family are on display. Alcott based the story of the March sisters and their home on her life with her own sisters in this house.

(Photo by Maxine 2)

As we know, I have a slight thing for Marie Antoinette in history. So I thought this was an interesting post, as well as a cool shot of her tomb.



Alright so someone just sent me a message asking me to explain my snark at Versailles not deserving to have Marie Antoinette’s dress.

Two years ago I went to Paris on a pilgrimage to visit Marie Antoinette. When I got there I  called over 16 places trying to figure out how to get to Saint Denis. The lady at the Louvre told me “Oh the Austrian.” I had a few choice words for her. Finally a nun at a Catholic church explained how to get there. 

My pilgrimage to Saint-Denis was a long journey to an archaic church where the Kings and Queens of the past were laid to rest and seemingly forgotten. I remember that I was upset when I first got to the crypt, I was already crying by this time and I told my mom this wasn’t right. It was so cold and dark and she was forgotten. My Mom told me that this was the greatest honor a Queen could ever receive, to be buried in this church with her ancestors. Next to her husband and near her son. Included in the history of this country forever. I can’t imagine now that she wouldn’t be here.

This is the gift I left for Marie. White is the colour of her innocence and purity.  To get the flowers to her I climbed over a barrier and laid my gift on Marie’s grave. When I went back over the rope, there was a lady waiting for me (later I found out she was in charge of the church) . The lady asked if I had gone over the barrier and put the roses on The Dauphines grave. I thought she was going to scold me so I defended myself. I told her ” I came all the way from Singapore to find Marie and when I got here no one knows who she is and I love her so much. How could you forget her?  No one even cares about her anymore but I do and I am paying my respects to her in the only way I know how and I am not sorry for honoring her.”

Bless her she just put her hand on my shoulder. She told me “I know. I think she will like them” And it was like finally someone other than my Mom understood what I was doing and I just remember crying.

I think she loved the flowers – and I’m glad you didn’t end up getting in trouble for crossing the barrier.

I agree with your mother, though, about where she is. It was the final resting place of the kings and queens, and it was where the Bourbons had their remains reburied to honor them during the Restoration. In their world, it was a highly respected place to be rested.

From what I’ve read and heard from a few French forums, the Revolution is usually taught in schools similar to say, the American Revolution. Unless you get a teacher that is willing to look at it from all sides and perspectives, you’re left with years of: “The revolutionaries were good, the British/monarchy/whatever they were rebelling against were bad.”

But, even so, there are plenty of people and places and exhibitions showing that people in France and Versailles do care about the memory of their monarchs. The restoration of her Petit Trianon, the exhibitions devoted to showing all sides of her, the books (especially recently) striving to show she wasn’t a demon or a saint, the yearly masses, the fact that people were willing to spend millions to find out whether a little withered heart belonged to her son, and when it proved to be so, place the heart there with a royal funeral mass, etc.

Once I was reading a French forum, where they were discussing the restoration of the inside of the Petit Trianon buildings. Although currently they don’t have the funds, even in the planning stages there are dilemmas because they still don’t have enough samples or plans to truly represent Marie Antoinette’s decor. They apparently have enough samples/plans showing how the Empress Eugenie decorated the inside – but that the idea of taking Marie Antoinette’s outward Trianon and using someone else’s decor inside, especially when that someone was the wife of Napoleon, was causing a stir.

Oh, and I did some digging and I am pretty sure the dress made it to Versailles! Fashion is My Muse saw the exhibition in person and mentions in her blog that it was there. I wonder if maybe you read about it being turned down from the Grand palais Marie Antoinette exhibition, since there wasn’t enough evidence to definitely prove it was her dress to include it?

(Forgive the tl;dr from a stranger, by the way, I just came across your post on the marie antoinette tag and wanted to put in my two cents!)