August Blogging Challenge: Day 22 – This One Is For Me

Today’s prompt is about on-line shopping. I don’t really have anything exciting to say about on-line shopping.

But today, this very blog post is my 100th post on this blog! And I’m pretty excited about that! Thanks for being here to share that with me! Calls for some fireworks, I think:

Fireworks from our deck, artfully captured by Becca (the motion is deliberate)

Fireworks from our deck, artfully captured by Becca (the motion is deliberate)

Next, tomorrow is the first day of school for my kids, who are entering 8th and 10th grade. Putting aside the fact that, in my head, I feel like they should be going into something more like Kindergarten, the first day of school is always a big, exciting day for me. I always wish it was me going back to school with new notebooks, facing the challenges of a new school year (preferably without the drama), learning new things about the world and myself. I envy them. They just moan about all the work and the getting up early. We’ve done something horribly wrong with our school system, folks.

Finally, on this day in 1485, a very big battle happened across the pond. I’ve blogged about this before, when a skeleton was found under a municipal carpark in Leicester. Scientists have since identified the skeleton (as they had hoped) to be that of King Richard III, who died on this day in that long ago battle, a battle he should never have lost. Historians use this date as a bright-line divider:  between the medieval period and the Renaissance; between the Plantagenet dynasty and the Tudors; between an old style of monarchy based in feudalism and family ties and a new one that relied on money-raising and intelligence-gathering. But it’s worth remembering that, at the time, Bosworth (or wherever the battle actually happened) was just another skirmish in a seemingly endless war. There were still plenty of York sons — or men willing to say they were — to keep Henry VII sleepless and anxious for years to come. The Tudor dynasty was by no means comfortable even into Henry VIII’s reign; he was still killing off potential Yorkist threats like his cousin Margaret Pole. What looks obvious and clear to us was by no means certain at the time. History is like that.

Anything happy, exciting or interesting happening with you?

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