Is holy grail for botanists—miracle herb silphium—extinct?

Imagine an herb so sought-after it was stored in a country’s treasury as though it was gold. Silphium was once in high demand. Now no one can find it although its value once made a city in what is now Shahhat, Libya the richest in Africa, according to an article posted at the BBC. What led to its demise? Why couldn’t ancient communities just cultivate it? What might we do if we were able to resurrect it today? Continue reading “Is holy grail for botanists—miracle herb silphium—extinct?”

Daysies update: Shows, recording, new vids

(L to R) Jenn Day Thompson, Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with Jared Rush (Third Man Entertainment)
Getting ready to perform at the Tiffany Show December 2: (L to R) Jennifer Day Thompson and Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with Jared Rush (Third Man Entertainment). Photo: Indie Art South.

It’s been awhile since I updated everyone on The Crazy Daysies. What with the COVID shutdowns, we’ve all had a serious adjustment. The good news is performances are becoming more common, and they’ve had plenty of time to work on recordings and new videos. Continue reading “Daysies update: Shows, recording, new vids”

Backstory in ‘The Dig’: Woman who helped changed history as we knew it

‘The Dig’ a Netflix film, is drawing much attention, and for good reason. The story is based on a novel fictionalizing true events and written by John Preston. The novel arose from an archaeological dig at a site known as Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, the United Kingdom. The story focuses on Basil Brown, a self-taught “excavator” and his key role in unearthing a remarkable discovery. There’s also an interesting backstory, though, related to the female archaeologist who pulled a trinket from the burial site and helped change history as we knew it. Continue reading “Backstory in ‘The Dig’: Woman who helped changed history as we knew it”

Muddy media waters: CNN ‘legal analyst’ gets tangled in her ‘lie’

The media talker CNN calls a ‘legal analyst’ got tripped by her own ‘lie’ today when she made a truly remarkable statement. That statement has to do with the First Amendment and limits on government power over speech. That amendment applies to the speech of all—from us quasi-Kulaks all the way over to political class members like the analyst who is the subject of this story. Continue reading “Muddy media waters: CNN ‘legal analyst’ gets tangled in her ‘lie’”

Did Disney’s ‘Frozen’ offer answer to mystery of deaths on Dead Mountain?

Almost a year ago, I wrote about a 60 year old mystery involving nine people who died in an area popularly called ‘Dead Mountain’ in Russia. Answers to the mystery of those deaths—eight students and a ski instructor—have eluded sleuths for a long time. It looks as though one possibly credible theory has been put forth and the film “Frozen” may have been helpful . Continue reading “Did Disney’s ‘Frozen’ offer answer to mystery of deaths on Dead Mountain?”