Sunday, May 01, 2022

Mother May I ?

Rabbit, Rabbit 



"Death is not the greatest loss in life.
The greatest loss is
what dies inside us while we live."
~ Norman Cousins

Monday, March 28, 2022

Snownadoes and Nonesuch

It was 31 degrees today, and blustery. It snowed all afternoon, but not much here. There are lots of weird words made up for snow events, like snownado, which has no entry in the dictionary.

Nonesuch is in the dictionary but it has nothing to do with snow or weather really. It means a person or thing without equal. Ir's pretty archaic.

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Monday, February 28, 2022

February & Speed Dating


Nicky's spring grass.



so something beautiful will grow when they die on your land.

February went by so fast and with about as much substance as a speed dating event.

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A few other tidbits:

What did medieval Bavarians call February?

What is the oldest documented German pagan spell?

What to do to celebrate March? (No green beer. Sorry.)


so something beautiful will grow when they die on your land.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Author Attention - Michael R. Stern

 

Michael R. Stern is funny and smart and tells a good story. Well, actually, he's got nine stories he's told so far.


Reflections on a Generous Generation, published in 2012, is the story of Michael's father, Murray Stern, and is both memoir and history.

The Quantum Touch series is six books, all with Storm in the title. You can read my review of StormPortal over at Nessa's Book Shelf. Personal drama, world history, and time travel come together in a perfect storm (see what I did there?)


And just to prove his versatility, Sarah and the Dragons, is a fantasy fairy tale about being different.

You can find all of Michael's books on his Amazon Author Page.

Winter Games & Nessa's News

 


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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Heart of Winter

 


In the Northern Hemisphere, January was synonymous with the fallow field before the coming of spring. A time of rest and rejuvenation before all living things expended considerable energy in growth and rebirth.


While we think of winters in Medieval Europe as frozen and unbearable, in 900 AD, they were often mild compared to the Little Ice Age that began in the 1300s when the Baltic Sea froze twice, and many cities held fairs on frozen rivers. By comparison, during Revena’s lifetime, Iceland was colonized because the weather allowed easier access.


There was always work to do, whether serf or sovereign. 


Daily life involved plenty of physical labor, such as gathering wood for the constant fires needed to stay warm and caring for the animals that kept everyone alive—homes needed repair, as did clothing. The continuous need for agricultural labor decreased for this brief time before fields required turning.


For a moon’s span, there was time to relax, tell stories by the hearth, and even play games.


Revena and the people in her world were fond of dice and anything involving gambling. The church and government would begin instituting laws to curb rampant betting in the next century.


They enjoyed snowball fights, skating using blades of bone, and just enjoying the purity of the scenery, as captured by the art of the time.


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