Betsey Ellis

Betsey is a recovering agent of Satan (.i.e. a legal professional) now working towards a lifetime goal of becoming a perfectly sane cat lady, medieval clothing designer, and occasional playwright. Maybe even finish my doctorate.....nyah, probably not, who needs another expert in Elizabethan Law and its effect on the growth of the middle class.

Non-State Well Stated

STATES WELL STATED IS TAKING A VACATION THIS MONTH  Instead of my usual quirky (and somewhat snarky) facts about one our United States (in alphabetical order, so if you want to know about Wyoming, you’ve got a long wait ahead of you) – I am going where no Tanglewood-ian should go – politics.  No, really, it’s…

Connecticut

The Insurance and White Bread Capitol of the WorldConnecticut is home and birthplace of so many things that you would not think of.  Connecticut is so much more than a series of affluent suburbs of New York City and Rhode Island wannabees. I could tell you when Connecticut became a State, but as one of…

Arkansas

Things You Probably Never Cared to Know About Arkansas The first European settlement was established in 1686. “Arkansas” is a French interpretation of a Sioux word “acansa”, meaning “downstream place”. Which means the name has nothing to do with either Kansas, or Noah. Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15, 1836. Arkansas gave the…

States Well Stated – ALASKA

The Origins of Russian Collusion, a.k.a. Alaska Alaska was “discovered” by non-natives, when a Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia in 1741. Not too surprisingly, the Bering Straits were named thus in his honor. The first non-native settlement was started by Russian fur trappers in 1784. Alaska’s name is…