#35.14, Weds., Aug. 31, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The Celtic Pagan village of Largin          Ana has a clearer picture now of the challenges and possibilities and believes her mission, to save both mother and child might be doable. When Thole and I are privy to the “secret” it is that Tilp differs from her husband on priorities. TholeContinue reading “#35.14, Weds., Aug. 31, 2022”

#35.13, Tues., Aug. 30, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The Celtic Pagan village of Largin          We’ve arrived at the village where Thole worries while Tilp naps. Ana is waiting to examine Tilp, and in the meantime Thole is explaining her pregnancy to Ana.          “We are planning that winter would be a good time for this, near the solstice,Continue reading “#35.13, Tues., Aug. 30, 2022”

#35.10 Tues. Aug. 23, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Following the Loire          On these days we are riding on the north side of the Loire.  These riverbanks had caves where Christian ascetics found solitude. I was among them while St. Martin was living with the monks near Poitiers. Ana listens to my incessant reminiscing.          “When I first cameContinue reading “#35.10 Tues. Aug. 23, 2022”

#35.8, Weds., Aug., 17, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Châlons          “So, Laz, right there in the middle of the Gospel of John was that personal telling of your death and all the grief. With those details given of the funeral arrangements and all the people keening, it was surely a first-hand story by the ‘beloved disciple’ of Jesus. SoContinue reading “#35.8, Weds., Aug., 17, 2022”

#35.7, Tues., Aug., 16, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Châlons          The servant folds down the sumptuous linens and our ewer is replenished and now Ana and I are alone.          I ask Ana what she discovered of a woman’s anatomy in the books.          “I’ve learned more from the shepherd. The only medical book was the Roman book fromContinue reading “#35.7, Tues., Aug., 16, 2022”

Post #34.10, Tues., July 26, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. An island in a river          Ana says she will be glad to spend these soft summer nights camping by the river washed in the beauty of earth. The river invites these mythical meanders in our imaginations. And we are under the the waxing moon that rises in the afternoon andContinue reading “Post #34.10, Tues., July 26, 2022”

Post #34.3, Thursday, July 7, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. An inn by the River Moselle          Ana has learned she was born only a day’s ride from here.          “Ana, don’t you want to go there and see what you remember? The church that gave you to the pagans might have written your baptism in their book.  We could goContinue reading “Post #34.3, Thursday, July 7, 2022”

Post #33.7, Weds., June 15, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The monastery at Annegray          The father tells me that the promises Ana and I are making with one another can’t be blessed as a marriage because he assumes Ana can’t bear children; and apparently in these times marriage must be about procreation or it isn’t marriage. Of course that isContinue reading “Post #33.7, Weds., June 15, 2022”

Post #33.6, Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The monastery at Annegray          Ana expected we were called here for a medical need. I was prepared with an accounting of the cottage. But the father’s concern is not about the uses the monastery has for us. His only care is that Ana is safe and living in a fearlessContinue reading “Post #33.6, Tuesday, June 14, 2022”

Post #33.3, Tues., June 7, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Ana’s cottage in the Vosges Mts.          Some things were kept covered and dry — the starter for the flame — the seed for the birds. The rainwater on the floor inside is whisked out the door. The rainwater in the cooking cauldron, the feed trough and the pail will saveContinue reading “Post #33.3, Tues., June 7, 2022”