The Pirates Are Coming

“The HISPANIOLA still lay where she had anchored; but, sure enough, there was the Jolly Roger–the black flag of piracy–flying from her peak.”   Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island   Pirates, the very name strikes both dread and fascination deep within our hearts.  We fear them, because of their ruthless disregard for those who stood in their…

There Are More Stories

“A baggepype wel coude he blowe and sowne, And ther-with-al he broghte us out of towne.” Canterbury Tales, General Prologue According to Suetonius, a Roman historian during the early Imperial era of the Roman Empire, Nero played a type of pipe known as the Roman reedpipes, “with his mouth as well as his armpit.” In…