Fun Fact of the Day: While it seems counterintuitive, Earth is actually closest to the sun in December, even though winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.
On this Day in History in 1720: Anne Bonny and Mary Read are tried, found guilty of pirating, and sentenced to death in Spanish Town, Jamaica, although their discovered pregnancies won them stays of execution.
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.
Fun Fact of the Day: The first slippers were worn by the concubines of a rich sultan in 12th Century Vietnam. Wearing slippers kept the concubines captive. Having only soft, slippery, thin-soled slippers on their feet meant the women could never survive escape through the rocky terrain outside the harem.
On this Day in History in 1842: Mount St Helens in Washington erupts.