Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas: did you know that?

The Christmas season is upon us and neighborhoods are full of houses with bright lights. Families have trees full of ornaments. Cities and counties decorate streets with ribbons, bows, lights, and huge Christmas trees. Children anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Party goers hang mistletoe, giggling with the thought of the “mandatory” kisses bestowed under the greenery.

Where did these customs and beliefs originate?

Saturday, November 24, 2018

The best time of year for reading epic fantasy

I love the holidays in general but even more so for reading. Books are published with the Christmas season in mind.

It makes sense. Books make wonderful Christmas gifts and I love holding a book. There is nothing like the smell of  anew book or the feel of turning a page and that is something a digital book can never duplicate.

Friday, November 9, 2018

A Century at a time- notable people and events of the 4th and 5th Centuries


This period has been referred to as the “Dark Ages” as well as the Middle Ages. The ‘center’ of the world was considered to be Rome (remember, all roads led to Rome). Emperor Constantine had been the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity when it spread but the “pagan” worship of Gods didn’t stop completely. The Church had to adapt local deities and traditions to encourage the populace to join even though the Romans banned the worship of paganism. In Egypt, the Temple of Serapis was destroyed during as part of a series of civil disturbances against Christians. Alas, the Roman Empire had been on a long downfall and finally crashed and burned in A.D. 476 when the Vandals took control of the territories. As Roman society fell apart, other peoples took advantage of the discourse: Ostrogoths, Visogoths, Burgundians, Franks, Saxons, and the aforementioned Saxons. By 493 AD, Italy was under the rule of Theodoric, an Ostrogoth. Clovis is names King of the Franks in 481 – Clovis drives the Visigoths from Gaul in 507.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New NHL season 2018-2019

October 02 starts the new NHL season and it looks to be one for the books. One of the best off-season acquisitions was landed by the San Jose Sharks when they picked up Erik Karlsson. Eric, a two-time winning Norris Trophy winner, along with Norris winner Brent Burns, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic & Justin Braun, are probably the best four defensemen in the entire league and now the four are on the same team.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Who was St. George?

Was St. George a real person? How did George get missed up with a dragon? When did England adopt George as it's Patron Saint? Read on and find out.

The actual person, George, lived somewhere between the third and fourth century. It is believed George was a son of a Roman officer from Cappadocia (Turkey) and a mother, who was from Lydda.  As expected, George followed in his father’s footsteps and became a soldier. Lydia (modern day Lod) is 24 miles from Jerusalem. The story goes that George, who was a member of the Christian faith.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

APCO 2018: the good and the bad

The 2018 APCO Conference at the Las Vegas Sands Convention Center is over. Those of us who attended are now back home and back to our regular routines. How was this year's event in Las Vegas? I've been to three Conventions (2009 in, funny enough- Las Vegas and back when it was held in Sparks at the Golden Nugget in the 1990's).  Showing my APCO Attendee badge allowed me to park for free.

As with any large event there were good and bad parts.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Photos from APCO

I'll post more about the conference this weekend but here are some pictures from the APCO Block party and the final night's meet and greet dinner with Louie Anderson providing entertainment. One of the highlight's of the Block Party was playing Blackjack: winner moved earned a space nearest the fan. It was more for the fun of hanging out and enjoying one another's company. Thanks for a great time!

Fremont Street was lit up for APCO

Me with a new friend Angela

Fremont Street entertainment

At the Block Party a friendly game of 21 with winner getting closest access to the fan

Meet and Greet before the dinner

final President's message before sweating in of new

Swearing on new Presidential Board 2018-2019

Louie Anderson