25 of the World’s Most Famous Blacksmiths

Blacksmithing is an ancient craft that is making a resurgence in the United States and the developed world. People are studying the craft of blacksmithing like never before and the need for information, instruction, tools and facilities are at all time highs. I love everything about this trend because it takes us back to our roots when men and women…

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Meet Norton I Emperor of the United States of America

It was 1859 and a San Francisco resident, Joshua Abraham Norton, proclaimed himself “Norton I, Emperor of the United States” and “Protector of Mexico” with this written proclamation: At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the…

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Why you should “walk” at your college graduation

Finishing college is something many of us just want to see over and done with by the time we get to our final year. I know that working full time all the way through both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees left me wanting to do just about anything but go back to the university and deal with the crowds and…

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Stoic Thoughts From Philosopher Epictetus

Epictetus is probably my favorite Stoic philosopher. Born in 55AD, in what is now Turkey, Epictetus was a slave during his youth. Although a slave, he was permitted to learn philosophy from Musonius Rufus, an esteemed Stoic philosopher and author. It is believed the Epictetus’ owner was a wealthy freedman (former slave) named Epaphroditos. This master is reported to have…

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The 5 Best Books for Learning to Blacksmith

Good books can shave years off of the learning curve for a blacksmith. This is a list of five (5) books that will do just that for you as they have for me. Blacksmithing is a craft someone may practice for their entire life and still not know it all. Luckily there are some really amazing books out there that…

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3 Trees in Virginia Tell Stories of Slavery, Faith and Freedom

Having lived most of my life in southwestern Virginia, I have a big place in my heart for this area of the United States. Being one of the first areas settled by Europeans coming into the “new world”, Virginia has a storied past and a rich history. It’s the place where George Washington’s Continental Army and their French allies defeated…

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Discover the Thought That Created The Atomic Bomb

If you’ve ever read The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes then not only have you read an absolutely amazing book, you have also read about the historic and monumental moment of genius when the very thought occurred that eventually brought about the making of the atomic bomb. The story, which has been debated over the years, but…

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Mormon Murderers – Story of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

In September of 1857 a group called the Baker-Fancher wagon train traveling from Arkansas to California was intercepted by a band of Mormon (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and Native American instigators who murdered about 120 people over the course of a five day (Sept. 7-11, 1857) siege of the wagon train’s circled and barricaded wagons….

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Left Turns are Terrible – My Rant and Some Science

There are very few things in life that irritate me. I think most people would say I am pretty happy-go-lucky, relatively easy going and tend to be able to give a joke and take one equally as well. But, the longer I live, the more I grow to detest one thing in particular and that thing is a left turn…

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5 Actions That Will Help You Sleep Better

Lack of quality sleep is a real issue in the world today. Let’s be honest! It has probably always been an issue, but we know more than ever before and are able to gather information that informs us better than at any previous time in history. We are simply more aware these days that a lack of quality sleep is…

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