Rasputin's Life and Death
by Amber A. Whitman
Rasputin was born in 1869, in Tyumen, a district of Siberia. He arrived in Saint Petersburg in 1911
and was a young guard. Even today, he is known as a shadowy and mysterious character. He apparently had weird personality
traits. Doctor's and skeptics came to the conclusion he must have been possessed. He had power's over the Tsarevich and the
royal family, that could not be explained.
The young tsar had deadly episodes of bleeding known as hemophilia. Rasputin was able to stop the bleeding.
The family though he was sent be god. Rasputin was close to the Tsaritsa's closest friend, Anya Vyrubova. She had a train
accident and was almost killed. Her body was crushed and mangled. Rasputin went to her and held her hand and then started
to chant, "Annushka, Annushka, rise! She awoke from her coma and tried to rise. Rasputin spoke telling all she would live.
He also told everyone she would be a cripple for the rest of her life and she was.
In time he tried to befriend other members of the family without success. They did not trust him. He
had no further luck with the church. He had a number of church hierarchy exiled after they turned on him. Rasputin had become
a celebrity as he flaunted his many gifts and letters from the royal family. In 1916 a group of aristocrats with the Grand
Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, decided Rasputin had too much power. He would have to be assassinated. They lured him to the Yusvpovsky
Palace to meet the dukes wife as Rasputin also loved women. There he was led down to a cellar where he was fed poisoned cakes
and wine. These had no affect on him. They decided to shoot him. He then got up and started to hit the prince numerous times.
The prince was so upset he fled for help. When they returned Rasputin was gone. They found him in the yard crawling for the
front gate. They shot him and then beat him. They bound him up and threw his body into the river. When his body was found,
his bonds were broken and his lungs were filled with water. He did not actually die until submerged in the frozen Russian
His heart was removed and stored at a military institute, until it was stolen in the 1930's. He was
buried. Later his grave was reopened. After trying to transport the body to a secret burial site, the truck broke down. The
body was cremated. The ashes were scattered at the site.
As a person who suffers from cold sores, I felt I should write this piece. A cold sore is a fluid filled, painful blister
that usually occurs around the mouth. Cold sores are also known as fever blisters, oral herpes, herpes febrilis, labial herpes
and herpes labialis. Cold sores occur on the outer lips which distinguish them from canker sores, which develop inside the
Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus. There are eight different types of the virus. However only two of these viruses,
herpes simplex 1 and 2 cause cold sores. The belief is that herpes simplex 1, infects above the waist, and simplex 2, below
the waist. However both of these types can cause lesions on the lips or genitals. Recurrent cold sores are usually the result
of the herpes virus type 1. Unfortunately oral herpes is very common with about 60% of the population having them, and another
25% experiencing recurrent outbreaks. The virus may remain latent for life or promote frequent recurrent cold sores. The highest
risk period for spreading the virus is the initial appearance of the blister.
However some individuals may not have visible lesions and still can spread the infection. The virus may also be present
in an individuals saliva, without obvious oral lesions. Viruses are not the same as bacteria. Bacteria are independent cells
and can reproduce without help from thier host, while viruses enter the hosts cells and replicate. The host cell is subsequently
killed and the virus released. In the case of cold sores, the ulcer is formed from the death of the cells and the immune response
against the virus. The virus can remain dormant for months or years until an event triggers an activation.
Cold sores are usually located on the outside of the lips, nose, cheeks, chin or eyes. They are characterized by what is
called a Prodrome period, before a lesion appears. An individual can experience fever, irritability, headaches and a tingling
and or itching in the area where the lesion will appear. A day or more after this period the area will become red and inflamed
followed by the formation of one or more blisters. These blisters soon erupt and release the virus and a grey coloured ulcer.
This ulcer will eventually dry up and crust over, without leaving scar tissue.
There are a number of different treatment options. You can talk to your doctor or pharmacist. If you prefer there are some
natural rememdies as well. If you place an icecube on the area for example, it will help with the pain.
Armed with the right medication and information herpes although frustrating, can be dealt with.
I will include in this section some of my current articles.
They are all for different publications.
The Renaissance Era was a period dating from approximately the 14th century
through the 16th century. It was a time of great change for Europe and the world, as a whole
new culture was beginning to emerge. Beliefs were tested. The idea that humankind ruled
nature developed, and has contributed greatly to modern science and technology.
It is thought that Renaissance political thought was very instrumental in forming the
government in the United States. The idea of freeing government from the religious aspects of
the church, thereby becoming more independent, was the key idea in this reformation. Many inventions
were also developed in this period, the most important being gunpowder, the printing press and the compass. Another extremely
important aspect of the Renaissance was the creation of prosperous cities, and is reflected today in our own society.
Trade increased dramatically, not only in the standard items of barter and exchange, but also in
the area of luxury items as well. With the expansion of trade, towns grew wherever the trade routes met. Capital that accumulated
through trade was eventually available for other enterprises, notably banking and industry, much as happens with capital gains
today. Great gains were made in education. However, these were not without a good amount of controversy. There were two distinct
type of education, one of which was scholastic, which concentrated on the study of logic, and the other being philosophy and
the nature of reality.
Added to this were the humanists. They proposed to educate the whole person and placed emphasis
not only on intellectual achievements, but also on physical and moral development. This is the method that has moved into
today’s education as well. It is a compilation of different achievements and teachings to round out an individual’s
knowledge, and, as is the case today, people became more interested in music and the arts. Many people began singing and took
up musical instruments, much as they do in today’s society, with music being a huge influence. Literature and the arts
began to flourish with a turning toward art inspired by nature.
Above all, the Renaissance movement left us fantastic monuments of artistic beauty that, even today,
define our western culture.
The History of Coffee
Coffee was discovered in Eastern Africa in an area known as Ethiopia. A popular legend tells of a goat herder named Kaldi.
One day he noticed his goats acting frisky after eating berries from a bush. Kaldi tried the berries. He found he had renewed
energy. The news of this amazing fruit spread throughout the region. Monks started drying the berries to transport to distant
monasteries. They reconstituted the berries by soaking them in water. They would eat the fruit and drink the liquid to provide
stimulation for a more awakened prayer time. The berries were transported from Ethiopia to the Arabian peninsula and were
first cultivated in Yemen. Then coffee travelled to Turkey where beans were roasted for the first time over fires. The beans
were crushed and boiled in water, creating a crude version of the coffee of today.
Coffee arrived on the European continent through Venetian trade merchants. The catholics were totally against drinking
coffee. In fact they thought the Pope should ban coffee, calling it the "Drink of the Devil'. However the pope had already
become an avid coffee drinker. He liked it so much that he blessed it. Coffee houses spread quickly. Many great minds gathered
in them for thought and creativity. In the 1700's coffee made its way to the America's by means of a French infantry captain.
He travelled with a small plant. It was then transplanted to the Carribean Island of Martinique. There grew 19 million trees
within 50 years. Coffee was declared the national drink of the colonized U.S. by Congress. Today coffee is a giant global
industry employing more than 20 million people. This commodity ranks second only to Petroleum in its dollars traded worldwide.
There are 4 billion cups consumed every year. Coffee is the worlds most popular beverage. In Brazil, over 5 million people
are employed in cultivating and harvesting over 3 billion coffee plants. Sales of premium speciality coffees have skyrocketed.
Sales have reached the multi-billion dollar level and increase annually. Well that is the history of coffee. It all started
with a farmer wanting more energy. Even today most of the world wakes up to a cup of coffee to start thier day. I am one of
those people who can't live without coffee, especially in the morning. Due to it's popularity, I am sure I am not the only