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“The field of battle is a festival of honour; a sublime pageant. But this is war!”Sir Robert Ker Porter, 1809. Whether it is touched upon in conversation between those characters safe on the home front or dealt with directly via a character who has been in the military or is still serving abroad, war is a part of many historical novels. Indeed, there aren’t many fans of Georgian and Regency fiction who could not recite to you the salient facts of the Battles of Trafalgar or...
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 DETROIT’S OAKLAND AVENUE URBAN FARM BRINGS VEGGIES AND COMMUNITY TOGETHER You might not expect to find a chicken coop or a garden full of tomatoes in Detroit, but they’re there, at Oakland Avenue Urban Farm. Jerry Hebron and her husband Billy founded this plot in the city’s North End in 2008, when they returned to the neighborhood where she was raised and were struck by the amount of abandoned space—including ten vacant lots adjacent to the church where Hebron’s mother was a pastor. Hebron spoke...

  When Jessie Susannah Karnatz, aka the $Money Witch$, finds a coin on the ground, she steps on it and says, “Money on the floor, money at the door,” before putting it in her pocket. It’s just one of the ways the intuitive financial coach and tax preparer influences the energy around her relationship with money, opening the doors for that good green to come flying in. Which is what her new ’zine, Money Magic ($13), is all about. It features tips for working with a money...

  Much like Drew Barrymore’s Josie Grossie in Never Been Kissed, there may have been a time when you’ve bitten off more of a marijuana edible than you can chew, so to speak. Having suffered the consequences (i.e., maybe felt like you were in the dimension between life and death, cried like a baby, only talked in a whisper voice for two hours, or, as in Josie’s case, danced with a feather boa and ate an entire pie?), it wouldn’t be surprising if you’ve sworn them...

Pugs feature in many of our favorite Regency novels and, in most of them, the cheerful little dog, which currently ranks 32nd most popular breed in the United States, is not portrayed in a very flattering light.  Instead of the “happy, even-tempered companion” that the United Kennel Club refers to in their breed standard, the Pugs of literature are generally depicted as spoiled, temperamental little brutes.  As illustrated in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, their presence in a novel tends to symbolize the very worst in...
How many friends do you have on social media? How many likes have you gotten and given today? And of the hundreds of online acquaintances who know your lunch was lit (insert fire emoji here), how many of them have you actually had lunch with? In this increasingly online world, it sometimes feels like the only real connection going on is the one between our phones and Wi-Fi providers. After getting fed up with measuring my own self-esteem via social media interactions, I bowed out—save for the...
  Victorians had plenty of advice on how and when a lady should offer a word of gratitude, especially when that gratitude was in response to a service rendered by a gentleman stranger. Some believed that it wasn’t fashionable for ladies to thank strange gentlemen for small courtesies—e.g., holding doors for them or giving up their seats on a crowded public conveyance. To do so was considered unpolished and countrified. Better that ladies say nothing and accept such little services as their due. Others vehemently disagreed. In...
At some point in life we all experience various levels of suffering –and regardless of which faith you follow, most people can agree that suffering is simply part of being human. But, is there a way for us to grow from suffering? I wrote this very candid piece for friends, family and strangers who may be suffering right now; hopefully knowing that you’re not alone can make the devastation a bit more bearable. It was my senior year of High School when I, in all of...
  This past Monday, the ladies of Berlin were able to purchase discounted metro, bus, and tram tickets for a good cause. The Frauenticket was available for 21% less than usual (€5.50 instead of €7) to highlight the fact that on average, German women earn 21% less than their male counterparts. This particular statistic is higher than many other European countries. The Guardian reports: “While Italy and Belgium have an average difference between men’s and women’s income of less than 5%, Germany’s figure means it joins...
  Mercury retrograde has been in full swing since March 5th. Which, in case you haven’t noticed, is the reason behind most recent drama—including “The Great Instagram/Facebook Meltdown of 2019.” Planet of communication and movement, Mercury, will continue to move backwards in retrograde motion until March 28th, leaving us one more week filled of wonky technological issues. Due to recent blunders, from Mercury’s backwards journey, @astrologybklyn, which is headed by Demetrius Bagley and Mikolaj Wilk, are providing us all with some much needed cosmic insight on March...