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Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (March 19, 1848 – January 13, 1929) was most famous for his role in the Gunfight at the O.K Corral as a lawman/gunfighter. Earp was also a professional gambler, teamster, and buffalo hunter, and he owned several saloons, maintained a brothel, mined for silver and gold, and refereed boxing matches—and tried to get into Hollywood starring in a film about him.

Photos show Wyatt just before he died at age 80 & his glory days. Dude in beard was Ike Clanton, one of the surviving bad guys at the O.K Corral.

Write about this? Oh, yeah.

 

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I posted recently about Lupercalia, a Roman February fertility/love festival that got pretty raunchy. The ancient Germanic peoples worshiped Freya (AKA Frigga) who is often called the goddess of love. Her name means Beloved or Lady. I think calling a lady beloved is more romantic than Lupercalia or more fitting for Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!

 

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This is a Troodon, an 11-feet tall, bird-like dinosaur who lived in Montana—yes, before it was Montana. It dined on mammals and is thought to be highly intelligent so it could catch mammals like you and I. If not for the dinosaur-extincting meteor, it would be the dominant species. We would live in cages awaiting hungry Troodons. Now you have something to be thankful for.

Or not. The second pic is what a dinosauroid might look like today. The third pic is Troodon sapiens, a species far more intelligent than mere Homo sapiens. Oh mankind, you are doomed!

Oh yes, I do smell a story.

 

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Three-ring Circus

Today, I attended the Kosair Shrine Circus with a school group. This was at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. Back in the 90’s I took my stepson a couple times to the Barnum & Bailey etc. Circus. This circus compares favorably with those circuses. I have no affiliation with the group putting it on, but they are non-profit, and the kids loved it. Sorry Stephen King, I still love clowns.

http://www.kosaircircus.com/

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The Roman festival of Lupercalia (often associated with a wolf festival dedicated to a nature god, Pan/Faunus) hits a high point on February 15, but the entire month is associated with the festival. Sometimes called Februa, Purging, it gave this name to the entire month of February. Often associated with Valentine’s Day, dogs and goats were sacrificed. Wearing the flayed skins, men and boys ran through the streets nude. Touching one of these runners was said to insure pregnancy in young women. Maybe this was romantic for them. No thank you.

However…I just might write about it.

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Yes, the Groundhog saw his shadow—spring is near. Ha! Today is also known as Candlemas—when Christ was presented to the temple. It is a time of candles and bonfires. It is also associated with pancakes, which links it to Lupercalia, an ancient Roman February festival where passing cakes was the custom. Take your choice (warning, Lupercalia has a bad rep).

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Yes, the Groundhog saw his shadow—spring is near or is the opposite? Ha! Today is also known as Imbolc (Gaelic for In the belly), which is dedicated to Brigid, an Irish fertility goddess. She visits households and wells. Parades, dances, and people taking Brigid’s Crosses from house to house. It also known as Crossquarters—it is halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is also a time of weather divination—snakes in ancient times & groundhogs today.

 

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