The new SyFy original series has an intriguing concept, and one which is right up my alley.
It centers around a real estate agency with an interesting specialty: Haunted houses.
This means that they have to bust the ghost before they can sell the house, which they do with a combination of knowledge and weird technology. Much of the plot centers around new employee Susan Ireland (Sarah Levy), who looks decidedly like Jean Grey.
I’ve seen two episodes so far and my initial reaction is that it is intriguing, but…
(Spoilers for those two eps to follow)
The haunted house…
Camels play an important role in the culture of desert people in the Middle East (as do horses). Like the horse, the dromedary camel, Camelus dromedarius is an entirely domesticated species. There are no wild dromedaries, although there are feral ones in a few places.
(There are two other species of camel, both of which are Bactrian camels. The difference is in the number of humps).
Camels are valued work beasts, able to handle the extreme conditions and carry a good load.
Every year in Saudi Arabia, the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival attracts several hundred thousand spectators…and more than 30,000…
Labor disputes have a long history. We have evidence of at least one strike in ancient Egypt.
Striking, done right, is a way workers can express their power. It has to be coordinated, or it just gets people fired.
And some companies will negotiate at the first hint of an “action.” Others, meanwhile…have resorted to all kinds of methods to break strikes. Including bribing politicians to help.
And then there’s the strikebreakers.
In the 1850s, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency was formed. For its time, it was an incredibly progressive company, hiring minorities and women. It provided a variety of…
In the 1870s, the roughest town in the Wild,Wild West was Palisade, Nevada.
The entire country knew about the senseless killings and rampant violence that took place in this little railroad town.
And it created a huge part of the reputation of the lawless west.
Palisade was and is in Eureka County, in northeastern Nevada, 10 miles south of Carlin and 33 miles southwest of Elko.
It was founded in 1868 as a stop on the Central Pacific railroad, and it was named for the rock walls to the east, which reminded people of a similar formation in New York…
I’m not a huge fan of ripped jeans either, but when Sophia Trevino showed up in a pair on her first day of eighth grade, she was instantly dress coded…along with no less than fifteen other girls (and, of course, zero boys). The reason? The rip in her jeans was higher than the tip of her finger when placed next to her thighs. Her parents approved the outfit, but the only item of clothing parents are allowed to have a say in in Georgia is, apparently, masks.
Trevino has issues finding jeans that fit (don’t we all) because she’s very…
When I was five years old, my parents took me to Cornwall. It’s a wonderful place I long to go back to as an adult, but somehow I haven’t yet found the time.
One of the things we did was go to the Isles of Scilly, specifically St. Mary’s. The isles are a small archipelago off the southwestern tip of Cornwall. Five of them are inhabited.
We chose the wrong day. We took the ferry over, the Scillonian III, which at the time was brand new. It’s still the only boat that does that route. …
Europe is dotted with great churches (note that I am using the term “great church” not “cathedral.” These terms are not synonyms. Not all great churches are cathedrals and not all cathedrals are great churches. A great church is one of particular size and splendor). These monuments to religious pride are often museums in their own right as well as places to pray.
In 2019, Notre Dame’s roof burned. They believe the cathedral will be reopened in 2024…but it will take many more years to restore it.
This is nothing compared to how long it took to build the church…
Some years ago, my horseback riding trainer at the time had me regularly riding a horse named Charlie. Charlie was not a horse many people liked; he was stubborn and grouchy and often had to be coaxed into performing. He didn’t like anyone in his stall.
Two weeks before the barn show Charlie, who was only 8 years old, got abruptly sick and died.
Thankfully, nobody in my life mocked me for grieving Charlie. Honestly, there were days I wanted to send that horse to the glue factory. But I’m still grieving for Charlie.
Sadly, too many people will mock…
On Saturday, me and my husband had our first restaurant meal since February, 2020. We’re vaccinated and we ate outside, so it felt like a safe thing to do. Our destination was the local branch of Jaleo’s, which is often considered to be the best tapas restaurant in the U.S. (The one downtown is, anyway. This is a “secondary” branch, but it’s two blocks from us).
Something happened during our meal which got me thinking about work, power dynamics, fear, and ultimately the way we treat people.
It was an absolutely gorgeous evening. We were waiting for the waiter to…
I have a floating rib missing. It never bothered to grow. Every so often when reading up on similar deformities (don’t worry, it doesn’t affect me at all) I come across rib removal surgery.
Have people really had ribs removed just to get a narrower waist?
It seems that the answer is yes, and it’s not in the past tense.
If you do a quick search, rib removal will give you two things: 1. Surgeons offering the procedure and 2. Sites insisting it’s a myth.
So, why is this happening? It appears that until fairly recently, rib removal (rib resection)…