Medieval Monday: The Labors of June — Allison D. Reid

In the Middle Ages, the arrival of June meant not only a change in the weather, but a shift in daily labors, and in what was on the menu to eat. While most crops were harvested much later in the summer, hay was the first to be cut in June, though it was typically poor […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: The Labors of June — Allison D. Reid”

Summer Solstice will return to Stonehenge this year. The celebration is due to take place on the evening of June 20th into the morning of June 21st. — Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information

We all need a little positivity in our lives, so we are pleased to announce the 2021 Summer Solstice celebrations will return this year – if the lockdown restrictions are lifted as planned. The celebration is due to take place on the evening of June 20 into the morning of June 21 – the same […]Continue reading “Summer Solstice will return to Stonehenge this year. The celebration is due to take place on the evening of June 20th into the morning of June 21st. — Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information”

Walking in Circles — France & Vincent

It has been a very busy week, almost entirely without internet access or even a decent phone signal. Much has gone beautifully, some things most definitely not as planned and others have just been a sheer joy. Friday I woke on the moors of Yorkshire after a 400 mile drive, visited my mother in Leeds […]Continue reading “Walking in Circles — France & Vincent”

Newgrange by Julie A. Dickson — POETRY and PLACES

Newgrange Newgrange, County Meath, Ireland, 2015 by Julie A. Dickson To stand before an ancient mound on the Irish countryside, stones hewn and balanced, silent structure stands sentinel, cavern in deep darkness— but for the winter solstice, waiting for early morning light to Illuminate the ritual altar. If I almost close my eyes I can […]Continue reading “Newgrange by Julie A. Dickson — POETRY and PLACES”

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Who knew making homemade cranberry sauce was this easy? Why have I been buying the canned stuff all these years? Seriously, the first part of this recipe is just the same as making simple syrup, like you would for mixed drinks, then adding in the whole cranberries and cooking them until they burst. Then youContinue reading “Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe”

Remembering the Bard — Bardic Lore

When most people encounter the epithet “the Bard” in text or speech, they automatically assume it refers to William Shakespeare, who is known as the Bard of Avon. But there is another who has acquired that particular sobriquet, and deservedly so. I’m of course talking about Robert Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, and the nationalContinue reading “Remembering the Bard — Bardic Lore”

Cock-a-leekie Soup Recipe

Ingredients 4 pounds chicken thighs, bone in, skin removed 10 cups water 1 onion, chopped 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped 1/3 cup barley 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed chicken broth 7 leeks, sliced 2 stalks celery, thickly sliced 2 carrots, sliced 1 sprig fresh thyme, chopped 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoonContinue reading “Cock-a-leekie Soup Recipe”

MLK Day in 2021 — I’ll Call It Like I See It

“As I began doing the research for this email and was reading the speeches of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I had no idea that the events – the breach of our national Capitol building on January 6th  would occur.  As the news broke on January 6th I was shaken and I was horrified.  There are […]Continue reading “MLK Day in 2021 — I’ll Call It Like I See It”

Lovecraft Country, MLK, and BLM

This Monday we celebrate MLK Day. I was born just a little over three years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but I remember my mother, a former civil rights activist, telling me stories about him and why he was so important, since before the age of six. I also recall when,Continue reading “Lovecraft Country, MLK, and BLM”

Twelfth Night

“If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.” ~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night “Old Christmas is past, Twelfth Night is the last,And we bid you adieu, great joy to the new.” ~”The King” (Traditional Folk Song) Tonight is Twelfth Night (for some; others reckon it as tomorrow night),Continue reading “Twelfth Night”