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Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/27/17: Angels

Be careful who you trust; the devil was once an angel. Old proverb I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape. Desmond Morris We cannot pass our guardian angel’s bounds; resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs. Saint Augustine Angels have a long history in Western culture. …

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The Secret History of the Mongol Queens [Reading Challenge 2017]

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued his Empire by Jack Weatherford Broadway Paperbacks, New York, 2010 [Challenge # 9: A book about a person you know little about.] Winding up my book challenges for 2017. Am looking forward to next years’ reading. Who knows where it will …

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Krampus

Krampus

The little children couldn’t wait for Krampus to arrive spreading joy and fear.  

Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/20/17: Beers

Chuck's Hop Shop

Who doesn’t like a strong draft of beer? Beer brewing is one of the most ancient of arts. Evidence exists for it in writing dating far back to 5000 BCE in Egypt and Mesopotamia. It went into eclipse during the days of the Roman Empire with its taste for wine; but came back in strong …

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Eyespeak

Eye will always speak the truth to you.    

Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/13/17: Star Names II

Distinctive stars have distinctive names. Polaris, for example, is also known as the Pole Star, and at various places in its past Angel Stern, Cynosura, the Lodestar, and The Star of Arcady. Arcturus was known as Guardian of the Bear to the ancient Greeks. Constellation descriptions in old astronomical catalogs give descriptions such as “Regulus, …

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Tiny Funerals

Coffinmakers showcased their wares with miniature creations like these.  

Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/6/17: Star Names I

Not only did ancient peoples look to the night sky’s constellations as cultural touchstones, they also looked to individual stars. The star Thuban helped the Egyptians align their pyramids, and Sirius, when it rose at dawn, let them know the flooding of the Nile was soon to come. The stars of the Pleiades star cluster …

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Brandy

Brandy’s eyes could steal a sailor from the sea.

A Wrinkle in Time [Reading Challenge 2017]

A Wrinkle in Time by Madelene L’Engle Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010 (Originally published in 1962) [Challenge # 3: A book you loved as a child.] Like many children of a certain generation, I read Madeleine L’Engle’s classic SF novel A Wrinkle in Time in fifth or sixth grade and fell in love with it. …

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