Monthly Archives: September 2018

Bring Out Your Dead

The following post deals with some seriously sad times in humanity’s history.
To help lighten up an otherwise gloomy piece, I have included a bit of British humor for your viewing entertainment.

The Black Death, also known as the Great Plague, was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history.

In October 1347, about a dozen Italian merchant ships returning from the Black Sea, one of the key trade routes to China, docked at the port of Messina, Sicily. Many of sailors aboard these ships were either dead or seriously ill. Although the authorities ordered an immediate these ships to leave the harbor, it was already too late. Within days, the disease had spread throughout Sicily and onto the mainland. One eyewitness told this grim tale:

“Realizing what a deadly disaster had come to them, the people quickly drove the Italians from their city. But the disease remained, and soon death was everywhere. Fathers abandoned their sick sons. Lawyers refused to come and make out wills for the dying. Friars and nuns were left to care for the sick, and monasteries and convents were soon deserted, as they were stricken, too. Bodies were left in empty houses, and there was no one to give them a Christian burial.”

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A Day in My Life

Hunger pains and anxiety prodded me from my bed at 5:00 a.m. A cup ‘o joe and a buttered bagel silenced my snarling stomach. A game of Candy Crush calmed my nerves.

Sated and centered, I prepared for my busy day: nylons donned, hair curled, makeup applied. At 6:15 a.m., I began the first of many attempts to coax my kids from slumber to school. I seriously considered using a crowbar to pry them from their pillows. At 7:10 a.m., they were finally up and ready to go, so I slipped on my heels and out the door we went.

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Soul Songs

Like many of my generation, I made mix tapes featuring my favorite songs. I played those tapes until they were ragged, belting out every word and dancing to every beat.

Although decades have passed since those mixtape days, the music remains in my heart.

Along life’s path, I have collected more music must-haves for my “ultimate compilation.” From the big band era to today’s Top 40, these songs speak to my soul. I hope they move you as much as they do me.

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Nicholas Dill

On this day, 1 September 1839, Nicholas Dill passed away. He was my 7th great-grandfather.

Nicholas Dill was born on 26 November 1751, in either Lancaster or York County, Pennsylvania. His parents, Nicholas Dill and Esther Chevillon/Schwillion, were immigrants from Switzerland, who arrived in the port of Philadelphia on 30 August 1749, aboard the ship Crown.

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