Tag: Gems

Winter Solstice

For the Northern Hemisphere, the moment of Winter Solstice is when the sun’s elevation with respect to the North Pole is at its most negative value since the previous December. The hemisphere has its longest night and shortest day around the moment of solstice, with the night within the Arctic being 24 hours long. – […]

Crystal Points

For a stone, when it is examined, will be found a mountain in miniature. The fineness of Nature’s work is so great, that, into a single block, a foot or two in diameter, she can compress as many changes of form and structure, on a small scale, as she needs for her mountains on a […]

The elegance of Relics

The collection contained also most interesting relics. There were robes, jewels, swords of honor, and every kind of “testimonials of esteem” ; a king’s skull fashioned into a wine cup […] embalmed ears of several of the family’s most renowned enemies […] mementoes and souvenirs precious beyond the appraisals of imagination. – Ambrose Bierce – […]

The Apsáalooke Talisman

The Indian name of the Crow tribe – Apsáalooke – means “children of the large-beaked bird”, a name given by their neighboring tribe, the Hidatsa.

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee

You may bury my body in Sussex grass, You may bury my tongue at Champmedy I shall not be there. I shall rise and pass Bury my heart at Wounded Knee – Stephen Vincent Benet – American Names –

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