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Mar.20.2014
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Although England and English start with an "e," an Anglican derives from the Latin word Angli, referring to one of the Germanic tribes who conquered England in the 5th century A.D. Anglican is used for that which pertains to England, especially to the Church of England. It's counterpart in the...
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Mar.20.2014
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If you didn't know for sure, you may have guessed. It refers to Charles Dickens and authors who have the same qualities as the enormously popular English author, Charles John Huffman Dickens, who lived from 1812 to 1870. Dickens's signature style exhibited kindly humor and a humanness that awakened...
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Mar.20.2014
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How long you leach acorns depends on the type of oak tree the acorns came from and where they came from. Tanoak acorns from along the California coast may only take a week to leach the tannic acid enough to be edible. Valley oaks in the Sierra Nevada may take two weeks or more while Valley Oaks...
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Mar.20.2014
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Anglo-French is an "Old French" word used to designate that which pertains to England and France as they are joined together. It's like Native-American or African-American and came in use after 1066 when William the Conqueror invaded England. William was from Northern France. By this time the Angli...
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Mar.17.2014
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The Colosseum is a Roman (not to be confused with Greek) amphitheater built by Titus and Vespasian around 80 A.D. If you visit Rome, you'll find a substantial part still standing. But beware, the word is also used for any Roman amphitheater. Colosseum comes from the Latin word, colosseus, which...
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Mar.17.2014
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I've blogged about this before but obviously didn't get enough of it. What's an aristocrat? The answer is: snobbish. No really, that's one of the definitions of aristocratic, that and socially exclusive. To be aristocratic means that you partake of, or are characteristic of a ruling or privileged...
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Mar.17.2014
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When leaching acorns, the ratio of water to acorns is important. Acorns are rather starchy and when they're dry, they soak up a lot of water. I probably use more water than is necessary but I usually say 3 parts water to one part acorns. For example, if you have one cup of acorns, I recommend using...
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Mar.14.2014
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I gather acorns. After I gather them, I usually like to put them in a pretty basket and put them on the kitchen table for all to see. They are so beautiful! They aren't nuts but the shells are hard to crack. It seems really obvious to me that like nuts, you remove the shells before you prepare to...
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Mar.14.2014
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It's interesting that Beatle mania was used to describe the lads from England when they broke into the hearts of North Americans. There is an expression for an excessive fondness for English styles, music, customs, etc.; it's called "Anglo-mania." Isn't there another expression called the "Beatles...
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Mar.14.2014
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The fifth monarachy was inspired by text in the Old Testament of the Bible, the second chapter of Daniel, the interpretation of Daniel's dream. This 15th century English sect believed that the Messiah was soon to return to earth and that he would reign as king for a thousand years. Known as Fifth...
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Mar.13.2014
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During the medieval era, crusading knights thought they were the most civilized and advanced in all the world. Little did they know that the Turks saw them as ignorant barbarians. Because the Mohammedan culture was so much more advanced than that of the European crusaders, it caught the knights by...
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Mar.06.2014
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You know what? I've read that acorns are "sexually strengthening." I read that in an old herbal. The book mentioned acorns and oats as being sexually strengthening. I guess that's what they mean when they say, "he's feeling his oats." Actually, oats must be really good for you. I have a horse and...
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Mar.04.2014
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After the Revolutionary War, the New England states were in large part, developed from English immigrants who had lived in English towns. In the Southern states, the Carolinas, Maryland and Virginia, though not entirely, English immigrants from the English countryside settled. When looking at...
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Mar.04.2014
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You cannot blame Arabic agriculturalists for trying to maintain their hold on the coffee trade. During the medieval era there was a tremendous amount of botanical espionage and thievery. Delicious Arabian coffee from Mocha, with its stimulating effect, must have brought a good price, and lust from...
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Mar.04.2014
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Coconut oil is everywhere these days, including natural foods stores. It's popular with food manufacturers because it offers a non-dairy alternative for vegans and it has a better resistance to spoilage, NOT because it's low fat. Coconut oil is an extremely saturated fat, like cream. If you wish to...
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