Single-Minded: A Look at the Lives of Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton

Two women, born in 1820 and 1821 respectively. One known for her nursing work in the Crimean War, the other for hers in the Civil War. One nicknamed the “Lady with the Lamp,” one the “Angel of the Battlefield.” One the founder of modern nursing, the other the founder of…

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Peace on Earth: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Ironically, I wrote this post a week before seeing the Sainsbury’s ad telling the same story. I thought about changing it but decided a powerful story can always use another retelling. It is December 24, 1914. The night is dark and bitterly cold, with a sharp frost just now settling…

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Six Bizarre (but True) Stories from History

In my opinion, bizarre news stories – the ones that make me stop and think, Huh? – are the best kind. Below are six such stories. But rather than pulling them from today’s headlines, I looked to the past. Enjoy this smattering of bizarre history. 1. The King Who Liked…

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