Irene, the Terrible?

I am Irene of Athens.  From 797-802, I ruled the Byzantine Empire.  My husband was Emperor Leo IV and after his death, I became guardian of our 10-year-old son, Constantine VI and co-emperor with him. When he was older, my son’s attempt to seize power was crushed by me.  He banished me from court but I returned …

Lunch For Two

Photo by Dale Rogerson As he waited for his orders of veggie Hot Dogs, he thought how smart he had been to come before noon to avoid the crowd.  The parking lot was virtually empty.  Grabbing the bags, he turned to leave and spotted Aimee heading towards him.  Drat.  Of all the people… “Hello, Siran.” …

The Birthday Gift

Today was her birthday.  It was a sunny, pleasant day, not as muggy as yesterday. Too bad she couldn't treat herself an iced tea.  She was late, thanks to a delay on the tube. It was ten minutes after nine.  She hurried down the sidewalk and arrived at the office building seven minutes later.  She …

Bette Nesmith Graham

I remember when I used to use Liquid Paper like paint, smearing it over the mistakes I made making my pages look messy.  I discovered today that it was a woman who invented this wonderful liquid eraser.    Bette Nesmith Graham never imagined that she would be an inventor.  She was a divorced mother, trying to support her young …

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