Victory Was Never Certain

A short BBC video on D-Day

Fingers Crossed

people at theater

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Poem of the Week

Evening Primrose

by John Clare

When once the sun sinks in the west,
And dewdrops pearl the evening’s breast;
Almost as pale as moonbeams are,
Or its companionable star,
The evening primrose opes anew
Its delicate blossoms to the dew;
And, hermit-like, shunning the light,
Wastes its fair bloom upon the night,
Who, blindfold to its fond caresses,
Knows not the beauty it possesses;
Thus it blooms on while night is by;
When day looks out with open eye,
Bashed at the gaze it cannot shun,
It faints and withers and is gone.

How to Cut a Cake – The Right Way

Something I was reading last night got me wondering about birthday cakes. Why do we put candles on them and blow them out?

A quick search provided the answer. Some think the cakes started in Ancient Greece and that the candles were like the candles for a sacrifice to the gods. The ancients believed that the smoke would bring their prayers up to the gods. Another explanation, that doesn’t conflict with the first is that the Germans started this tradition. Specifically, Count Ludwig Von Zinzindorf had a birthday party with a gigantic cake with candles on it.

As part of the results to my search, I got an intriguing video about the proper way to cut a (birthday) cake so it stays fresh. It’s ingenious. Take a look.


Kerley, D. (2014). “Why Do We Blow Out Candles on a Birthday Cake?” Retrieved from Mental Floss at on June 5, 2019.