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A Pensive Katerina April 13, 2016

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The Museum at Le Havre

Filed under: Artists,Claude Monet,Paintings,University Libraries — Janet @ 1:19 pm

Claude Monet painting   Museum at Le Havre, painting by Claude Monet


Indra Devi, the First Lady of Yoga

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The Freelance History Writer

young indra devi

In a huge departure from the women I usually write about, I’d like to introduce our readers to a woman who practiced the ancient discipline of yoga. Yoga was the domain of men from its inception. The earliest visual evidence of yoga comes from about 2500 BC. Men were the teachers and practitioners of yoga from that point until the early 20th C. And then, it took a persistent and assertive woman to break the barrier.

Eugenie Peterson was born in Riga, Latvia on May 12, 1899. Her father was Vasili Peterson, a Swedish bank director and her mother was Alejandra Vasilyevna, a Russian noblewoman who worked as a theater actress under the name Labunskaia. Eugenie was to go to school in Petrograd and then went to study theater in Moscow. When she was fifteen, she came across a book “Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism” by Yogi…

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

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The Freelance History Writer

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

The Anglican Church has designated St. Patrick’s as The National Cathedral of Ireland.  According to legend, c. AD 450, the iconic Saint Patrick first baptized new Christians at a well near the current St. Patrick’s Cathedral site.  In AD 890, the first written record of the site mentions King Gregory of Scotland visiting a church there.  In 1192, John Comyn, the first Anglo-Norman archbishop of Dublin elevated the existing church to collegiate status, which meant there was a body of clergy devoted to learning and worship.  While it is not certain when the church was established as a cathedral, the most likely dates are between 1212 and 1223.

The building of the current cathedral lasted from 1220-1270.  The original spire was blown down during a storm in 1316.  In 1317, while the Bruce wars were raging, the cathedral was set on fire and many precious objects…

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