The Pirate Contest has concluded! Congratulations and thanks for joining in on my Pirate Contest! All winners were selected by random darts. Whenever a dart has landed on a line between two people, each will receive a book. All of your books are just being mailed this week due to postal backup in our area. All winners chosen by dart will soon receive a trade (large) paperback of The Eight — except the Week 8 wi
I was invited to attend the Pardon at St. Anne la Palud in France where St. Anne, the Virgin Mary’s mother, is patron saint of Brittany. Gauguin joined many famous Breton artists in painting this beautiful tribute! At St. Anne la Palud this year a visiting bishop of Notre Dame in Paris joins the thousands in procession up the hill to Pardon the earth and the sea!
She was the attraction of the third largest pilgrimage site in Europe after Rome and Compostela’s “Way of Santiago.” The Black Virgin of Pribram (Příbram) still reigns over a beautiful cathedral just outside of Prague.
I have just led a private tour for ten of the Dibner Library of Science and Technology, one of the most fascinating of the twenty-one Smithsonian Libraries. Here’s one of my favorite documents – Sir Issac Newton’s notes, written in his kitchen garden in Cambridge. The librarians brought this document out when we were giving an earlier private tour to the ambassador of the Czech Republic and the Have