Just an update

So I've been remarkably slow to post lately. Here's what's going on in a nutshell. I was working on a multi-post series on folkloric belief in fairies in Georgian/Regency/Victorian Britain, and didn't want to post any until everything was done. I was working on one or two other pieces, too. And then my computer took … Continue reading Just an update

Guilty of kidnapping: six months in prison. Guilty of theft: death by hanging.

The Elizabeth Canning case is a fascinating one now, as it was in the 1750s: abduction, theft, violence, perjury, racism, maidenly virtue under assault, judicial and media infighting, politicians using current events to advance their own agendas, and questions that remain unanswered to this day. A full account of the controversy and politics surrounding the … Continue reading Guilty of kidnapping: six months in prison. Guilty of theft: death by hanging.

It’s like the ancient Greeks knew what the 21st century workplace would be like…

Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the tale... that may strike a lot of people as an uncannily accurate metaphor for their average workday. Once upon a time, there was a man named Sisyphus. This is a Greek myth, so we may assume that he was not the nicest gentleman ever to … Continue reading It’s like the ancient Greeks knew what the 21st century workplace would be like…

What the Dickens, Dickens?

Ah, marriage. Those sacred vows to love, honor, and cherish (or, if you were a Victorian female, to love, honor, and obey), until death do us part. My mother always called marriage a promise that two people make, and said that real promises shouldn't be broken, even when it stops being convenient to do so. … Continue reading What the Dickens, Dickens?

A Cheesy Lesson In Diversity. Or possibly just a hungry woman discussing pizza.

I work at a grocery store and, today, as I was stocking the 5-cheese pizzas, it occurred to me how utterly symbolic of America as a nation (and, these days, of the world in genereal) the 5-cheese pizza really is. Granted, there are other, more popular, varieties out there, but there's just something about those … Continue reading A Cheesy Lesson In Diversity. Or possibly just a hungry woman discussing pizza.

That time an elephant walked across the surface of the Thames…

I was originally thinking of starting this blog with a recounting of the Great Stink of 1858, but I decided to go with something a little more seasonal. With Winter Storm Diego expected to dump up to 20 inches (50.8cm) of snow on parts of the southern US today and tonight, I'm in the mood … Continue reading That time an elephant walked across the surface of the Thames…