Snarky in Seattle

Some people say, “Take a trip and forget your unhappy love affair.” What! Forget it now, only to remember it all the more later on? Never! . . . Better let your heart bleed for several days in succession and then heal itself than to staunch it by a few weeks’ trip somewhere only to Read More

Clip of the Week: May 19, 2021

Berlin—Girl postal clerk jumped on bicycle and caught convict who had escaped while being taken to prison. – The Day Book, January 18, 1913 I have so many questions, but apparently, I’m the only one. I’m guessing the journalist who filed this bare-bones story did NOT win the Pulitzer Prize that year—and not just because Read More

The Underwear Thief

In 1921, somebody took Second Glance History’s guide to pickpocketing a little too far: For several months past, the city of Baltimore, Md., has been the “vantage point”, from which a dangerous and desperate hotel crook and accomplished thief has operated in several of the leading hotels. . . At these various hotels, the man Read More

Clip of the Week: May 5, 2021

Today, I’m delighted to introduce Second Glance History’s newest feature: Clip of the Week! Because some stories are already so ridiculous that no amount of snide commentary or bad puns can improve them. Expect these short clips on the Wednesdays I don’t publish new posts. Longtime followers on Facebook and Twitter may recognize some of Read More

How to Get Vaccinated

By the time you read this, I expect to be shivering under a pile of blankets and sipping chicken noodle soup with a fever, chills, aches and a sore arm to boot. Happy Second Bill Gates’ Microchip Installation Day to me! I intend to celebrate in two weeks by running around and licking every doorknob Read More

On This Day

Dog detectives. Petrified preachers. Horrid husbands. Bashful brides. No, this is not my sad attempt at transitioning from blogging to poetry. Rather, these were the headlines on the April 14ths of years gone by. I don’t know about you, but I could use a break from today’s pandemics and politics. Scroll down to catch up Read More

Easter Eggnog and Passover Potables

New holidays, new opportunities to revive the wholesome traditions of yesteryear. . . or count our lucky stars we’re celebrating on Zoom this year: This is an Easter reminiscence: A downtown family, wishing to celebrate the day by appropriate libations of eggnog, sat about preparing a large bowl of that seductive beverage, from time immemorial Read More

The Hapsburg Anastasia, Part 3

Spoiler alert: Don’t ruin the ending! Read Part 1 and Part 2 first. Read in your best announcer voice: Last time on “The Hapsburg Anastasia,” Alma eloped with 22-year-old Yale University student and coal-and-steel heir Donald Andrews. Buoyed by love and presumably, lots of money, they fled to London to escape his disapproving parents. If Read More

The Hapsburg Anastasia, Part 2

Welcome! If you haven’t yet read Part 1, please don’t spoil the story for yourself—start there!  When we last left our heroine, Alma Vetsera had failed to break her boyfriend out of an asylum, but at least she’d kicked her first husband to the curb. Alma made the most out of her newfound freedom—it helped Read More

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