Castle on a Cloud

Like many, I waited to see if a piece of history would be leveled. Paris and Hugo and Hemingway. Bells and bell towers, hunchbacks and fear of the marginalized. Asylum, refuge. And above all, the infuriating human trait of naivetĂ©. ***** We humans, sacks of blood and bone, architects of these castles in the sky,... Continue Reading →

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Women’s History Month: Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)

Confession: I have a semi-obsession with today's featured woman. Rosalind Franklin was born in London in 1920. By the age of 15, she knew she wanted to be a scientist. Her father, however, wanted her to be a social worker. Nevertheless, she persisted. She entered Newnham College in 1938. By 1945, she had earned a... Continue Reading →

Women’s History Month: Nancy Wake (1912-2011)

Nancy Wake was a secret agent during WWII, working in France against the Germans. Born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1912, Wake was married to French industrialist Henri Edmond Fiocca when the war broke out. She worked as a courier for the French Resistance, and by 1943, was the Gestapo's most wanted person, with a... Continue Reading →

Women’s History Month: Las Mariposas (1961)

Las Mariposas were the Dominican sisters who helped to bring down a dictator. The four Mirabel sisters were born into a family of farmers in the 1920s and 30s in the Dominican Republic. All four girls were all well-educated, an exception for the time, and three of the four received college degrees. The sisters grew... Continue Reading →

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