Post #32.11, Weds., May 25, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains          We have many more things to talk about than chastity and lust, so the wise Ana can capture my imagination in a way that the beautiful Ana is immune. Now we were talking about doctrine.          Ana adds, “Daniel said I’d best stick with what I’veContinue reading “Post #32.11, Weds., May 25, 2022”

Post #32.10, Tues., May 24, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains          Were we monks working side-by-side at the benches in a monastery we would ink the approved words copying manuscripts in silence and we would never know one another’s hopes or fears. Here we can talk freely to each other while the Rule of Columbanus is copied,Continue reading “Post #32.10, Tues., May 24, 2022”

Post #32.9, Thurs., May 19, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains          Ana tells of her meeting with Father Columbanus. “The intended healing from my fears had been a dismal failure. All the ancient legends of woman and snake would make me the obvious perpetrator of evil in this. So I’m pretty sure the young monk used theContinue reading “Post #32.9, Thurs., May 19, 2022”

Post #32.8, Weds., May 18, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains          Ana is telling me a terrible story, I would try not to listen if I could. She has been released from the hold of a young monk, by the flailing of her knee.  She tells me she was surprised he released her, as he fell. IContinue reading “Post #32.8, Weds., May 18, 2022”

Post #32.7 Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains Please take care. This post was not written for children to read, even for good readers.          Ana is telling me a story I don’t even want to hear.          She continues, “I hadn’t known there was ever a physical sign that would tell of the virginityContinue reading “Post #32.7 Tuesday, May 17, 2022”

Post #32.6, Thurs., May 12, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains          Ana continues her story. “Before this rape happened I could see a man’s good health and physical being as a thing of great beauty. I always considered human beings to be wonders of Creation. But then, after the curse I could see nothing but a filthyContinue reading “Post #32.6, Thurs., May 12, 2022”

Post #32.5, Weds., May 11, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains          Ana continues her story, “I wrapped a swelling ankle for a young monk and he set about befriending me, Christian-to-Christian he would say, and we talked about our faith in God. But you know how those conversations can turn. Pretty soon he was telling me ofContinue reading “Post #32.5, Weds., May 11, 2022”

Post #32.4, Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The Vosges Mountains          We’ve stopped our work scribing the Rule as Ana tells me how she came to fear men. She had escaped from the pirates and now she was following a band of monks on the long trek from the sea toward Annegray.           Her story continues, “The dampContinue reading “Post #32.4, Tuesday, May 10, 2022”

Post #32.3, Thurs., May 5, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains I’m listening to Ana tell of her fear.           “I was raped by the pirates because I tried to escape but quickly discovered we were moored at Aletum, an Island; so I was easily captured back. I wasn’t raped because I was alluring. It was a punishmentContinue reading “Post #32.3, Thurs., May 5, 2022”

Post #32.2, Weds., May 4, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains          Note to followers: This May chapter is NOT intended for children.          My mind is still on the list for making this a farm: a roof and a donkey and a shed and maybe some goats and hens. All the years that I’ve lived with littleContinue reading “Post #32.2, Weds., May 4, 2022”