Mardi Gras History


“The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.

On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it “Pointe du Mardi Gras” when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established “Fort Louis de la Louisiane” (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America’s very first Mardi Gras. ”



“Designed from the beginning to carry humans, the Dragon spacecraft already has a long flight heritage. These missions will build upon that heritage, extending it to deep space mission operations, an important milestone as we work towards our ultimate goal of transporting humans to Mars.”

I’m Whiter Than You!!

How many of you have been told that you need to “breed up or don’t breed at all!” Or maybe you have had someone tell you that you are a “low order white”?

Most likely if you are blonde haired and blue eyed, you have no idea what I’m talking about because you are the all mighty Nordic at the top of the line for our race. For the rest of us though, at some point in a racial discussion we get to hear that we’re not “white enough”.

In case some of you haven’t noticed, we have a large diversity of hair color and eye color combinations in our race. I think that is amazing about us and I personally wouldn’t change our diversity for anything. To me, it would be dull if we all looked the same.

Of course, I am a brunette and I have sons with dark hair, and with hazel eyes. So, I’m biased. However, I would not mind a bit if my sons had children with white, brown haired, hazel eyed females, that looked like them.

Here, again, maybe I’m just not hip to the modern times but I think arguing over who is the whitest of them all, is counter productive. We are all Europeans and we can argue over which hair color is more superior after we win. The Blacks and the Asians all have the same hair color, how visually satisfying is that?

Let’s take a break from screeching “I’m whiter than you are!” and focus on learning relevant skills, studying and preserving our culture (music, art, architecture, inventions, etc), keeping our bodies healthy and passing skills on to our future generations.

There will be plenty of time to argue about hair color, let’s win first.

100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names

100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names

Illustrations by Ippy Patterson. From Baby Blue Eyes to Silver Bells, from Abelia to Zinnia, every flower tells a story. Gardening writer Diana Wells knows them all. Here she presents one hundred well-known garden favorites and the not-so-well-known stories behind their names. Not for gardeners only, this is a book for anyone interested not just in the blossoms, but in the roots, too.

The American Housewife

The American Housewife

By: Anonymous


This cookbook and reference guide leads the American Housewife through how to make everything from Meat to Common Drinks, as well as helpful tips and tricks for any housewife! Also included in this fine text are sections on Cooking for The Sick, and how to make your own: Essences, Perfumes, Dyes and Soaps. This work also features an extensive section on The Art of Carving-Which covers anything you might need to carve!;%20and%20Written%20in%20a%20Minuteand%20Methodical%20Manner?st=AFF&SID=BNB_DRS_Evergreen_20150928&2sid=Goodreads%2C+Inc_2227948_NA&sourceId=AFFGoodreads%2C+IncM000004