OCTOBER RECAP – Chapter 1, “Scars.” launched this continuing story.
To recap, in 561 C.E. (or as one reader reminded they would surely have called it “A.D.”) nineteen years after plague devastated his family, Lazarus returns to find his adult daughter Eve living as a recluse “hag” (calling herself Enola) providing herbs and medical remedies from her garden on the River Liger (Loire). He finds his now grown son Ezra is at work burying the dead of another outbreak of plague. As this chapter ends Lazarus means to reveal his unique nature of extreme healing to his son and restore the bonds of family, but there is no instant warm welcome home for this papa. His son wants nothing to do with this strangeness.
Last summer, way before the blog started, I submitted two of the October posts to the “Night Gallery” art show at BayArts to provoke inspiration for art. Rob Hartshorn, a known and prolific artist of the Cleveland area took on the concept of Plague Pit and created this amazing piece of art now on display. It is much better as art than photo. See it before November 8 if you are in the Bay Villiage, Ohio area.
Please come again to this blog, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in November when the spooky pagan season of Samhian lightens from its haunts onto the hearthstone of home. In the November chapter on the long cart ride from Poitiers Ezra tells of his family and his own story of finding his lost sister in the November chapter “Finding Eve.”