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The Starr Sisters – How blessed they are to still have each other.

May 2nd, 2017 1 comment

Starr Sisters

Marie Curie and The Big Bang Boys of 1927

April 27th, 2017 Comments off
Twenty-nine of history’s most iconic scientists in one photograph – now in color!

I can’t get over how fantastic this image is. It was originally captured in 1927 at the fifth Solvay Conference, one of the most star-studded meetings of scientific minds in history. Notable attendees included Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Marie Curie, Erwin Schrödinger, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Dirac and Louis de Broglie — to name a few.

Of the 29 scientists in attendance (the majority of whom contributed to the fields of physics and chemistry), over half of them were, or would would go on to become, Nobel laureates. (It bears mentioning that Marie Curie, the only woman in attendance at the conference, remains the only scientist in history to be awarded Nobel Prizes in two different scientific fields.)

All this is to say that this photo is beyond epic. Now, thanks to the masterful work of redditormygrapefruit, this photo is more impressive, still. Through a process known as colorization, mygrapefruit has given us an an even better idea of what this scene might have looked like had we attended the conference in person back in 1927.

Twenty-nine of history’s most iconic scientists in one photograph - now in color!


Apparently it rains often in Britain. Never fear, the Queen is kept dry and in stylish elegance.

October 27th, 2016 Comments off


Votes for Women

August 11th, 2016 Comments off





Why did women (mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, cousins, nieces, friends) have to work so hard to get the vote?  Were men afraid we would take over, or that we would make poor decisions?  Why did we have to beg for our rights?  I’ve never understood.  Could we possibly have done worse than the men?  

In this photo a few brave men joined in the cause.  Were they husbands or activists?  The guy in the middle seem to be a bit braver perhaps than those in the back, but they were there nevertheless, posing for a picture than we are looking at today, almost a hundred years later.

Do we as women still have all the rights that we deserve -equal pay, equal promotion opportunities, equal respect, equal representation?  You know the answer.

Celebrating Women: Wilma Rudolph

July 10th, 2016 Comments off
Wilma Rudolph

Today in Mighty Girl history, ‘the world’s fastest woman,’ Olympian Wilma Rudolph, was born in 1940. A model of determination and resiliency, Rudolph contracted polio as a young child and wore a leg brace for years, in addition to surviving scarlet fever, whooping cough and measles. At age 12, finally free of her brace, Rudolph committed herself to athletics and quickly excelled in track and field.

After years of rigorous training, she competed in the 1956 Melbourne Games and won her first Olympic medal, a bronze in the 4 x 100 m relay. Rudolph truly made her mark, however, at the 1960 Rome Olympics when she became the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics. After her record-breaking performance, she was widely honored as “the world’s fastest woman.”

For an excellent picture book biography about Rudolph’s life, we recommend “Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman” for ages 5 to 9 at


Don’t Forget the Women Who Have Courageously Served This Country

June 23rd, 2016 Comments off


Women who served in military conflicts

·  World War II (era): 400,000

·  Vietnam (in theater): 7,500

·    Persian Gulf (in theater): 41,000

·    Global War on Terror (deployed): 193,409

  Source: Department of Defense, Women in Military Service for America Foundation


Women killed in conflicts


·   World War II: 432

·    Vietnam : 7

·     Persian Gulf : 13

·    Iraq/Afghanistan: 113


Source: Women’s Research and Education Institution, Department of Defense 2012

Daphne Selfe, Still Modeling (beautifully) at 87! Now that’s inspiring!

April 18th, 2016 Comments off



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From Blue Ridge Mt. News, by Margaret Fair’s cousin in Boone, North Carolina

March 25th, 2016 Comments off

March 21, 2016


My grandmother made up in style what she lacked in financial resources. Like the true Victorian lady she was, she always wore a broad-brimmed hat to church. One memorable yellow straw hat served her for three successive Easters. The first year, she wore it plain, with the solid navy ribbon band it had come with; the second year, she swapped out the band for a striped ribbon and added a tasteful bunch of little artificial flowers on one side.

The third year she bought some navy blue hat paint, painted the straw, added a different band and attached a large artificial poppy on one side. It looked really nice, but the hat paint stayed sort of sticky thereafter. It could have been old; there wasn’t a lot of demand for hat paint by then.

She also always made my mother an “orchid” corsage to wear for Easter. She used a corsage base and pearl pin recycled from some long-ago corsage she had received. On the base, she positioned one of the huge bearded irises she grew, backed by fine florist’s fern that she had had me stop off and buy from the florist shop on my walk home from school. It made an impressive orchid corsage that my mother wore proudly each year. Being thrifty, Granny also ironed and reused gift wrap, particularly that that came from our rich cousins who used the pricey metallic paper, and saved gift boxes and Easter basket grass from year to year.

Among the many, many things my grandmother taught me were that Easter eggs should be shined with a bit of Crisco on a rag to bring out the lovely colors of the dye and that when you pick a daffodil to bring inside you should also pick a bit of foliage, to make the arrangement look natural.


Saving Birds From Being a Fashion Accessory

March 13th, 2016 Comments off




From Vintage History

January 27th, 2016 Comments off

12512803_427914444065587_307449462549347607_n“An eighteen year old boy is carried into the shock ward, and he looks up at my trustingly asking, “How am I doing, nurse?” I just kiss his forehead and say, “You are doing just fine soldier.” He smiles sweetly and says, “I was just checking,” Then he dies. We all cry in private. But not in front of the boys. Never in front of the boys.” – June Wandrey, WWII

June Wandrey Mann (1920–2005) was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from Wautoma, Wisconsin. She was the author of Bedpan Commando, an account of her military service in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany from 1942 to 1946, during which she was awarded eight battle stars.


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