Reading, Writing, Pondering: Big Life Themes, Literature, Contemporary/Historical Issues
Welcome to the 14th century, in a farflung outpost of the Holy Roman Empire, and a new Convent outpost of the terrrifically powerful Roman Catholic Church. Sound historically dull? Hopefully not so--for this is NOT an ordinary 14th Century Convent.
Back after a six-year hiatus....
From NaNoWriMo historical Supernatural novels in Scotland, Michigan, South Alabama and historical horror in Standwood Station, GA-to the Phantom Northern Woods-to singlehandedly refighting the American Civil War-to exploring Social Justice and standing for First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution-we deal out horror, Supernatural, Historical, fantasy, mystery, and more. We do not fear outspokeness.
And always, always, always, We Do History.
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We write it. We read it. We hold strong opinions. We orate.
Meanwhile, whether we're writing or just reading, we love to rave about books and authors right here!
|Blog City Prompt for April 18 2019
Write on Easter:
Ostara or Eostre is the Pagan celebration of the Spring Equinox, and very likely how and why the early Roman Catholic Church determined to set Easter in the Spring. Eostre was the Germanic goddess of spring. Interestingly, Ostara was not celebrated as a Celtic holiday. Spring's equinox was also celebrated in Ancient Persia and by the Mayans at Chichen Itza. Ostara, like Mabon (Autumnal Equinox), is also celebrated as a Witches' Sabbat.
Modern-day Easter, of course, changes dates, as does Passover, but the Spring Equinox remains basically the same.
|Prompt: According to scientists, human mind craves certainty. If so, how can we best endure and deal with uncertainty? Blog City April 16 2019
Not possible! If one has faith, though, one can perceive certainty. For those who don't possess faith (and I am not singling out any one religion or spiritual path here), the Universe is a morass of Cosmic Uncertainty. As a Lovecraft enthusiast, I perceive a multiverse comprised of roiling uncertainty and chaos, in which the only rule is randomness; sort of a "when bad things happen to good people" taken to extremes, or "WHY did this happen to ME?"
Chaos. Randomness. Uncertainty. Embrace the Unknown.
Prompt: Write a poem about April and spring.
Awaken, Earth, to your new Birth.
Spring arrives in truth, Nature strives!
Daffodil, in sinkhole, is still.
Lady's Slipper Poem Form:
|Blog City for April 9 2019:
Prompt: Devorah Baum writes, “Troubling though they may be, feelings tell us something about power and its limitations.” What do you think she means? In what ways can feelings be associated with power and its limitations?
I think feelings may demonstrate to us our own powerlessness. For example, I am a member of Care2, an activist online community, and I daily despair at the horrors humans inflict on animals (and humans). Despair and hopelessness are my feelings, but when I'm reading about events that have already occurred, I'm powerless to reverse time and avoid those. Ongoing events like festivals in which animals are killed and/or eaten, yes, we can sign petitions to stop those; but what can anyone do about the animals already killed? Like the iconic Clarence, the lion in Africa killed by a despicable American dentist trophy hunter with far more ego and Narcissism than compassion.
|Blog City for April 8 2019:
Prompt: What do you think personal space is and how do you measure it? And why are we so territorial about it?
My personal space bubble extends about a hundred miles. Seriously. I understand that personal space is a cultural phenomenon; I've read that, for example, persons in the Middle East Arab cultures consider standing closer to another person more acceptable than say, individuals in other cultures. For me, personal space is a matter of "personal" preference; and my preference is: Back. Off. I have a lot in common with the aphorisms on the Grumpy Cat Weather App.
|Blog City for April 6 2019:
Prompt: Scientists have discovered there are humans (not aliens) living on another planet, but they have one major difference when compared to Earthlings. What's that difference, and what are their lives like?
Peaceful! Compassionate! Energy Beings (Thought Only)! Respect for Others! No Physiques, so No Health Issues! No Cult of Youth! No Obsession With Celebrity! Reality Is As We Create It!
|Blog City for April 5 2019:
Sherwood Anderson said, "I think the whole glory of writing lies in the fact that it forces us out of ourselves and into the lives of others."
Do you agree with his assessment of writing? Let's take it one step further, as a writer we step into other lives (our characters) does writing help us be more tolerant in real life or less because we look at things differently than a non-writer.
As a Reader and as a Writer, I am able to step out, to leave my comfort zone, and to surpass the impossibilities of my own life--by that I mean that I can do whatever I cannot do in this life in this physique. As an example, say I wanted to be an Astronaut, or a Rocket Scientist, or an expert Mycologist: I can do these through Reading, and I can also achieve these through Writing.
But more to the point of the Sherwood Anderson quote:
Reading divergently (meaning here reading about any aspect of personality or character or nationality or ethnicity or religion or anything else that "I am not") means I can LEARN. That is the most important victory of all.
|Blog City April 4 2019:
Prompt: "Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." Julia Child Write your views on this quote.
I do! I do! I do! Find my passion and remain passionate! Reading, books, literature, space, astronomy, astrophysics, history, writing, science! Lifelong interests since early childhood, and my passion has never flagged, glitched, or dropped its stitches and will not ever!
|Certainly not an expert at either, but I do try to practice "an attitude of gratitude" because when I don't, life just seems that much worse. Since I sometimes have to strive to find something to be grateful for, I truly do not want to make things worse. I don't see how anyone can be happy who isn't grateful for what they have. As the old proverb goes: "I complained about my shoes til I met a man with no feet." (paraphrased). So yes, each of us can find something to be grateful for: life, breath, senses. Nature..We writers can be grateful for the passion to read and the passion to write. Everybody can surely find something!
|Include ten green things in your entry (and color them with green font)
I read yesterday, doing a little St. Patrick's research, that the Colour BLUE is associated with him. I'm not sure how that mutated to GREEN.
So here are 10 GREEN and 10 BLUE:
Pine trees (Evergreens)
Lawns (except in a drought)
Indoor-Outdoor welcome mats
Green Anoles (Lizard species)
Green Sand (Hawaii) Emily Scissorhands
Blue Lava (Indonesia, at night)
Blue Lobsters (rare-genetic mutation)
Cargill Salt Ponds (San Francisco Bay area)
Blue Blood (all Octopodes)
Blue Poker Chips
Blue Volcanic Crystals
Oceans (before climate change)