Category Archives: History

The Lively Lady of Mære

I sometimes lament how few interesting murderesses we have in my part of the world when the truth is that I just might not know about them. I guess devious murder isn’t something people in general talk about, and that … Continue reading

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Arsenic – A Girl’s Best Friend

Nevermind the diamonds, arsenic has been a girl’s best friend for centuries. The mineral has been useful as cosmetics, fabric dye and as a component in home decorations like wallpapers, lampshades and paint. It has also proven to be gem in … Continue reading

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How To Survive a Long House in October

I still remember the moment before we left, when I was looking into my storage, thinking, “Oh, look all those sheepskins — well, I probably won’t need those. It isn’t that cold. ” Little did I know I was in … Continue reading

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Katie Bender, Witch of the Prairie

While researching folklore that crops up in serial killers’ wake, I found some really interesting stories linking Katie Bender, of the infamous Bender family, to old-school witchcraft. The Benders, Ma, Pa and Katie and John, arrived in Cherryvale, Kansas, in … Continue reading

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That Strange Little Place in the Mountains

   If you’re feeling a little burned out, there’s no better place to go to refill the well than Røros — which is just what a friend and I did this summer. It’s not far from home at all, just … Continue reading

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The Dead Next Door

From I was nine to nineteen, I lived on the wooden half of a former island studded with ancient burial mounds. It’s not hard to see why the place has always been inhabited: the soil is rich, there was game … Continue reading

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Some Very Good Reasons to Like Elisabeth of Bavaria

O loved ones who live in distant times to come and who now speaks to my soul, will often be in your company: will be revived when you read a poem. Sometimes an odd bird flies into a royal cage. Elisabeth … Continue reading

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