A couple of weeks ago I was invited by the non-profit Vibe Israel to visit the country and meet with some of the top parenting activists in the area. I will be releasing multiple articles which focus on some of the most interesting people and encounters that I had on this adventure.
Interview with Liat Vardi-Bar
“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can anyone deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.”
― Zora Neale Hurston
Who is on Google Doodle today?
That would be Zora Neale Hurston, born in Alabama on January 7, 1891! Hurston grew up in Florida and ended up becoming one of the most influential black authors of the twentieth century. She was also closely associated with the Harlem … Keep Reading!!!
Eliza Wood Farnham (1815-1864) was already a big-time social reformer at the age of 29 when she was hired to become the matron at the famous penitentiary, Sing Sing (now known as Ossining Correctional Facility).
As a human rights activist, Farnham was appalled when she discovered prisoners were allowed to work and dine together, but in complete and total silence! This inhumane treatment had led to riots in the prison.
Farnham had enough of that. She first added beautiful curtains … Keep Reading!!!
Tomyris lived during the 4th century and was queen of the Massagetae (modern-day Iran east of the Caspian Sea).
Her son, Spargapises, was head of her army, which may not have been the best place for him. As you will soon find out, Tomyris is about to go into a mama-bear rage.
You see, the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great decided he wanted to conquer Tomyris’ land. He started with a simple ploy: set-up camp and send her a … Keep Reading!!!
Hatshepsut’s parents were Thutmose and Queen Ahmose. Thutmose also had a son by another queen, Thutmose II (Hatshepsut’s half brother and heir to the crown). Hatshepsut and Thutmose II married (it was common practice in ancient Egypt for royal lineages to be “fortified” by marrying close relatives, which is also probably why many of the children of the royal couples during this time did not live past infancy). Anyway, brother and sister got married and had a daughter, but … Keep Reading!!!
Aud the Deep-Minded was the daughter of a Norwegian Viking king. She married Olaf the White, who conquered the shire of Dublin and then decided to name himself the King of Dublin (Why not?)…
Aud and Olaf had many children, one being the great warrior king Thorstein the Red. Unfortunately, Thorstein was betrayed by his people and killed in battle.
When Aud heard about her son’s death, she decided to quietly pack up the rest of her family and move … Keep Reading!!!
Margaret Corbin and her husband, John Corbin, fought in the American Revolutionary War, along with 600 American soldiers against Hessian troops under British command. Their group only possessed two cannons, and Margaret and John operated one of of them!
Margaret’s job was to swab out the cannon between firings and help John load its cannon ball.
Unfortunately, John was killed by enemy fire but Margaret, being the true soldier she was, immediately took over his place at the cannon … Keep Reading!!!