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August 01, 2017


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camille minichino

Not for the first time, I wish you'd been my history teacher, Priscilla. Every period of history seems so interesting in your hands.

Ellen Kirschman

I have a love/hate relationship with history; especially the eurocentric/male centric versions I was taught. Too many of my history classes emphasized memorizing dates and names with little focus on stories. These days my teflon coated brain doesn't retain much. I love to travel, but rarely take tours, because I get overwhelmed with TMI and forget everything I just heard before the gates to the castle close behind me. I'm with Camille, a history class with you might have changed my outlook.


Thanks to you both for that compliment! I blame my love of history on my mother who loved to tell family stories. These weren't about the rich, famous, or noble. These were about common folk: a family with a young man fighting in the American Civil War, the mother of eight children who died a rather nasty death in childbirth. Much more, but palpably human people. So I try to look behind those who stand in the way of seeing the humanity in history.

Michael A. Black

I agree with Camille, Priscilla. I wish you had been my history teacher as well. In a way, though, you actually are. Reading your post has inspired me regarding the subject. Thanks.


Thank you, Michael! Oddly enough, genealogy is a great way for children to learn history. This isn't about hunting down links to some king. It is about where your kin were when and how "when" affected them. I still get a kick out of knowing great etc. grandparents moved from Maine to Illinois in a wagon drawn by two horses named Bouncing Betsy and Queen Victoria.

Mar Preston

Of course war would affect medieval soldiers after seiges. I just never thought about it before.


There was actually a book, written by a medieval knight, which addressed "battle fatigue", Mar.


I am a history ignoramus--without people like you, connecting the dots, there'd be no hope for me at all. Oh, except the time I researched the time around Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan). I learned that story from the Mongolian point of view...definitely not what you usually read in English texts.


That's one of the many ways we should be learning history: from "the other point of view" as well as the "official" one. Growing up in Canada, I learned US history from the British POV. That made me appreciate even more how hard it was for the country to have even survived. But the more perspectives you add to an event, the better it can be understood/appreciated in all its complexity. Hurrah for you, Mysti!

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