The Priceless Value of Fifty-Four Cents


Fifty-four cents Eight coins. One quarter, two dimes, a nickel and four pennies. Fifty-four cents placed in a leather change purse over a century ago in 1918, enough to purchase a pound of round steak, a pound of wheat bread and a quart of milk. The tarnished coins are now…

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52 Weeks: #4 Catherine Ann Hamilton


Next to last It’s November now, the next to last month of the year. The autumn days are growing shorter as the fall colours begin to pack their bags, making room for the stark bareness of winter. The need to “coorie doon,” 1Scottish Language Dictionaries. (2017) Concise Scots Dictionary. 2nd Edition….

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The Polish Poppy Who Became an English Rose: Soviet Enemy

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(For the previous instalment of this multipart series click here) Soviet Invasion On the 1st of September 1939 Germany invaded Poland from the West, and sixteen days later the Soviet Union did the same from the East. Their secret pact to shred Poland from existence commencing and leaving the Poles unable…

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The Polish Poppy who became an English Rose: Poland


(For part 1 of this multipart series click here) Rzeczpospolita Polska To understand Poland is to understand her people – complex, diverse and resilient. In the late 1700s, without any natural geographic borders to protect her, Rzeczpospolita Polska (the Republic of Poland) was carved into three by Russia, Prussia and Austrian forces,…

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Smyllum Park Orphanage

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Smyllum Park Orphanage Opened in 1864 and in operation until 1981, the Smyllum Park Orphanage in Lanark was a place of last resort for Scotland’s working-class poor.  Children were often placed there if the family fell on hard times, or split apart due to unfortunate circumstances. In similar fashion, forty-two…

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