Photographer takes armchair travellers to Argentina

Myrna Pearman of Sylvan Lake, Alta., travelled by plane, boat, bus and horseback during her Argentinian adventure

Photographer takes armchair travellers to Argentina  by T. Martin-Schmunk of The Crossroads Myrna Pearman of Sylvan Lake, Alta., returned to Leader Library to share an Armchair Traveler presentation on Argentina. A nice crowd gathered on the evening of Nov. 26 to learn more about Argentina. Pearman has presented for Leader Library on past occasions and was happy to return to…

The political fragility of George H.W. Bush

The late U.S. president had an authenticity problem that would never quite go away

The political fragility of George H.W. BushMy first awareness of George H.W. Bush dates to the 1970 U.S. midterm elections. He was running for a Senate seat in Texas but – in an era when memories of the Civil War still made statewide office a steep climb for Republicans – he was decisively beaten by Democrat Lloyd Bentsen. Bush died on…

Historical Society annual Christmas in November a success

For the 11th year, Frances McManus of LaBelle Boutique curated the Christmas in November fashion show, a glittering part of the evening

Historical Society annual Christmas in November a successThe local museum, the Prairie West Historical Society, held its 11th annual Christmas In November on Saturday, Nov. 17. The evening has been deemed a success with many great comments about the meal, the fashion show and the silent auction. Lacey Owens, who was slated to speak, unfortunately was called out of town due to…

TV’s Vikings is good fun and semi-reasonable history

But large-scale medieval violence and plundering wasn’t uniquely Viking – not by a long stretch

TV’s Vikings is good fun and semi-reasonable historyVikings returns to TV screens on Nov. 28, courtesy of the History Channel. The Canadian-Irish co-production will embark on the second half of its fifth season and there’ll be more to come after that. If you like historical drama with interesting characters and plenty of action, this is good news. Vikings’ storyline is inspired by…

The first recorded strike occurred in Egypt in 1152 BC

During the reign of Pharaoh Rameses III, a small group of Egyptian royal tomb workers did the unthinkable

The first recorded strike occurred in Egypt in 1152 BCIn the seventh month of the 29th year of the reign of Pharaoh Rameses III – a date we know as November, 1152 BC – a small group of Egyptian royal tomb workers did the unthinkable. Fed up with shortages in the food rations that were their pay, they went on strike. Their extraordinary actions…

Harold Macmillan and the fickleness of history

The onetime British PM’s apparent affable, avuncular nature masked a lethal ruthlessness

Harold Macmillan and the fickleness of historyHarold Macmillan, the onetime British prime minister, popped into mind a few days ago. Watching the problems in extricating the United Kingdom from the European Union reminded me that a humiliating failure to secure entry to that same entity’s predecessor was one of the things that drove Macmillan from office. Macmillan (1894-1986) was prime minister…

The arc of the moral universe will bend toward justice

Amidst acts of nationalism and racism, it can be difficult to see the fundamental goodness of humanity – but it’s there

The arc of the moral universe will bend toward justiceNov. 9 marked 80 years since Kristallnacht, loosely translated as “the Night of the Broken Glass.” On this horrendous night, rampaging Nazis destroyed Jewish businesses, synagogues, homes and other properties in what was then German territory. There were many deaths and arrests of innocent people in this precursor to the Holocaust. It would nice to…

Bad news makes headlines, good acts make humanity

For all the advances in the last century, a legacy of wars, gulags and holocausts remind us that things were never good

Bad news makes headlines, good acts make humanityThe news is usually bad. And right now, things look dire. So I don’t blame my friends and colleagues who have stopped reading the morning newspaper. Shutting the drapes on the storm raging can return a sense of normalcy to the breakfast table. As somebody who can’t stop reading the news, I can say that…

Was the Armistice of 1918 a triumph or tragedy? 

The 1918 Armistice was an enormous historical blunder that led to the greatest tragedy experienced in modern times

Was the Armistice of 1918 a triumph or tragedy? By Stanley Taube and Michael Taube for Troy Media This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, millions of people worldwide will commemorate the signing of the Armistice. Wreaths will be laid, church bells will ring far…

The unwelcome consequences of the collapse of empires

The demise of the German Hohenzollerns led to Hitler, while the collapse of the Austrian Habsburgs gave rise to malignant nationalism

The unwelcome consequences of the collapse of empires​November marks the political demise of two imperial dynasties, the German Hohenzollerns and the Austrian Habsburgs. Like the Russian Romanovs and the Turkish Ottomans, they were casualties of the First World War. The Romanovs were the first to go, upended by the war-induced 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Of course, the case can be made that what…
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