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May-Dew’s Medicinal Uses: An Early Modern Top Ten List

2 May 2019

I suppose that he who would gather the best May-Deaw, for Medicine, should gather it from the Hills. Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum (1626) Yesterday, I climbed Arthur’s Seat...

Practical Piety: A History of Easter Finery

29 April 2019

Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet… Irving Berlin, Easter Parade (1933) Built around Irving Berlin’s song of the same name, the classic musical Easter...