Geeking out on Richard III

I’ve been watching the Trial of Richard III on youtube – there is no end to the geekiness.  What, you might ask, is the Trial of Richard III? Let’s start at the very beginning… 1480’s.  Wars of the Roses.  Medieval England is in shambles as one family has been tearing itself apart for several decades….

Cool Women in History: Nellie Taft

I’ve been reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism about, well, Roosevelt, Taft, and journalists (as the name would so cleverly imply).  Doris Kearns Goodwin was actually my university’s commencement speaker the year I graduated, though I don’t really remember much about it except for…

Baroque bubblegum pop

I’m a big fan of baroque music that doesn’t require a lot of thought and concentration.  The equivalent of somebody like, say, James Taylor.  He’s soothing, and nice to have on while you’re reading or something, because he isn’t very demanding.  He’s going to Carolina and you don’t need to know much else other than…

The perfect crime of the 1870’s

I’ve been reading The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester, a history of the US told through the elements of wood, metal, water, fire, and air, which is an interesting lens through which to view history. The wood chapter, for example, was all about when wood was the primary material; the homes the early…

Old Music Monday: Stile Antico

Since this blog is sort of like the curated museum of Heather’s Mind, I need to start posting more about music. One of my favorite early music groups is Stile Antico, a polyphonic vocal ensemble founded in 2001.  They have a new album out, The Phoenix Rising, which is getting a lot of regular rotation…