https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIBiLtzpQX0 I'm not religious, but religion does interest me. For Christmas eve, I thought I'd share some relevant photos from my travels. My camera at the time wasn't great, but I've edited the photos as best I can. The above photos are of the exterior and interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in… Continue reading Away in a Manger
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder provides twenty lessons that society can learn from the tyrants of the 20th century. The book was recommended to me by rts of Facing the Challenges of Mental Health. This post is less a book review and more a follow-up to a what is... post I did recently on the… Continue reading Book Review/Reflections: On Tyranny
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, the guns of World War I fell silent in 1918. On Remembrance Day, we honour all of those who have laid down their lives, before and after, in service of our freedom. Lest we forget.
A little while ago, I posted Attitudes About Mental Illness That Make You Go Hmm… based on an article by Heather Stuart, an epidemiologist at Queen's University. She currently holds a Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair. She's also got some odd ideas about mental illness. Anyway, while researching for my next book,… Continue reading The Ship of Fools and Other Odd Mental Illness Ideas
The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem – David Shankbone / CC BY-SA from Wikimedia Commons Yesterday, I saw that the Holocaust was trending on Twitter. It turns out that it was because of new survey results. Claims Conference released the results of its U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey, which surveyed 18 to… Continue reading The Holocaust and the Failure of the US Education System
Dan DeChiaro / CC BY Today marks 19 years since the terror attacks in the U.S. on 9/11. For this post, I decided to talk about the fallen in quite a literal sense; those who jumped and/or fell to their deaths from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Shown at the bottom of… Continue reading Remembering the Fallen of 9/11
Alberta Board of Health/Public Domain It was 102 years ago that the last major global pandemic happened, known as Spanish influenza, and in many ways, COVID-19 pales in comparison. The Spanish influenza pandemic that began in 1918 didn't actually originate in Spain; that's just where it was first publicly reported. Its origins are unclear, although… Continue reading Spanish Influenza: The Last Big Pandemic
I stumbled across this gem courtesy of Kate et al. of Colour of Madness. It lists reasons people were admitted to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia in its first 25 years of existence, from 1864 to 1889. The building is still around, but now it's a museum/ghost tour operation. Trans-Allegheny "diagnoses" There… Continue reading What Made You Lunatic Asylum-Level Crazy in 1864?