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The Unknown Dark & the Naming of the First King

The Unknown Dark & the Naming of the First King

Winifred eased herself down onto a pillowed bench. More like collapsed, she thought, biting back a gasp. She was heavily pregnant, and exhausted from being on her feet all day, wearing the heavy brocade, silk cloaks, and stiff silver crown. She had a half hour to...

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A silent plague morning – random writing exercise

A silent plague morning – random writing exercise

This morning, I was struck by an experience of silence after the Great Plague, and perhaps the inner feelings of a survivor. There's some echoes of our world in Covid, but a few nods to how a medieval mind might have thought. Could be an interesting character study....

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Why maps are the beginning, not the end of discovery

Why maps are the beginning, not the end of discovery

2 books called to me like grimoires throughout my childhood. An illustrated Bible, and the Usborne Book of Facts for Kids. Both were thick tomes dense with details and stories. My favorite part was the maps. A great big poster of the continents hung over a dresser in...

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Why we need the great rituals of Halloween

Why we need the great rituals of Halloween

With my little girl 8 years old this year, I've wanted to sit and think through my objections to Halloween, as a cultural thing, as a psychological thing. Halloween as we see it today is a more recent thing, within the last century. I think it is largely obsessed over...

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Why we need to stop venerating exorcists…

Why we need to stop venerating exorcists…

Something has disturbed me in watching the hype over exorcists the last few decades. I think it's come down to all the horror and thriller movies, where an exorcist priest is brought in as the last line of defense against evil. And it's true, they should be a last...

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