BlogJ.R. Strayve, JR.
Braxton’s Century begins in 1866, in Southwest England, one day’s carriage ride from London. Most people in this period in history had only candlelight to illuminate the night. The most efficient means of transportation was on horseback. Train travel and telegraphy...read more
My dearest nephews and nieces, let me wish you a very happy and joyous 242nd Birthday this 4th of July! Many of you may think that America is in deep trouble. Perhaps you perceive it divided. The colonies were not initially united either. There were revolts, strife,...read more
The summer of 2018 has given the world an opportunity to see the raw power of Mother Earth through the awakening of the Kilauea Volcano on the big island of Hawaii. The fire, deadly ash, and poisonous gas it creates, couples with the molten lava making it’s slow,...read more
The eyes of the world are riveted on the upcoming nuclear disarmament talks between Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un set to take place in Singapore on June 12th. Though the sovereign city-state and island country of Singapore has been in the news lately for...read more
Adventure aboard an ocean-going steamship passenger liner was the epitome of modern power, extravagance, elegance, and privilege during the turn of the 20th century. With the number of movies, documentaries and the many books written about such travel, it is easy to...read more
Who do you know that would give up a life of comfort and security for a one full of danger, intrigue, and perhaps death at the hands of conspiratorial forces? Winston Churchill did, which is why he is one of my favorite characters in history. Though lesser known,...read more
Fifty years ago, the royal wedding of Prince Harry and divorcée Meghan Markel would never have happened! Throughout the course of history, Royal marriages have been notoriously selective. Why did Royals barely know their future spouses and marry them? Sounds cruel and...read more