Kathy Copeland Padden
Political junkie, history buff, and music freak spending the End Times alternating betweencrankiness and bemusement. Come along! It's fun!
The Original Blonde Bombshell
"I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." — Mae West Before Marilyn, before Bardot, before Madonna, there was the original blonde bombshell, Mae West. She single-handedly and effortlessly created a Hollywood archetype just by being her wonderfully sassy self.
Elizabeth Bathory Raises the Bar for Sickos Everywhere
If contemporary accounts are to be believed, Elizabeth Bathory is the most prolific serial killer of all time. She makes Ted Bundy look like a chump, and Jeffrey Dahmer a mere dabbler in torture and perversion.
Ever Wonder Why We Kiss?
Making Out. Snogging. Canoodling. Kissing. An activity that is teetering on the edge of gross when viewed objectively, but one that most everyone enjoys in practice. But why do we kiss? What compels us to attach our lips to the lips of another human being? Or push the envelope even further and indulge in the tongue-to-tongue tango?
The Starving Times
Life in Jamestown, Virginia, during colonial times wasn’t easy. Many new residents, more accustomed to town living, found themselves struggling to survive in the unforgiving wilderness.
“There is a fixed and pale composure upon the features; she seems sad and stricken down in spirit, yet the despair thus expressed is lightened by the patience of gentleness … The lips have that permanent meaning of imagination and sensibility which her suffering has not repressed … Her eyes, which we are told were remarkable for their vivacity, are swollen with weeping and lustreless, but beautifully tender and serene. In the whole mien there is a simplicity and dignity which, united with her exquisite loveliness and deep sorrow, are inexpressibly pathetic.” – Shelley on Guido Reni’s portrait of Beatrice Cenci
That 70s Swagger
What happened to rock and roll? When did it become so antiseptic and prissy? Maybe I'm showing my age, but I lament the death of rock music as I always knew it. I don't need corporate-sponsored spectacle. Where's the grit? Where's the heart? Where's the groove?
The Spare is the Heir
In general, the second sons of British monarchs have a pretty sweet life, enjoying all the royal perks with far less responsibility. The spares aren't destined for the throne so they're free to pursue personal happiness (to a certain extent, anyway). Aside from ribbon cutting, tree planting, and balcony waving, their royal duties are pretty limited.
Stop Slut-Shaming Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn is one of the most misunderstood women in history. She is most often portrayed as a scheming, self-serving seductress who got what was coming to her. But this assessment is grossly unfair when one considers the circumstances of her life and the mores of the times.