#44.12, Thurs., May 25, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. The cottage in the Vosges          This is the stage of my healing my sons seemed to fear most, when their papa is laying around the house, howling woefully and taking all their mother’s attention. May my howls be silenced by courage, since death is not my option. Thankfully my placeContinue reading “#44.12, Thurs., May 25, 2023”

#44.11, Weds., May 24, 2023

Historical setting: 602 C.E. The secular church in the Vosges          Hannah is a no-nonsense, eight-year-old. She would be just like Ana was at eight, but that Ana’s own mother had given her away in fear of her special gifts; and for Hannah, we, her family, have an appreciation of these gifts in a girlContinue reading “#44.11, Weds., May 24, 2023”

#37.2, Weds., Oct. 5, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The river crossing near Tours          In this little fringe of a wood I watch a vixen eluding me, giving up her own hiding so I won’t notice her kits.          It seems when I am in love the whole world is in love, and when my mind is only onContinue reading “#37.2, Weds., Oct. 5, 2022”

Post #27.8 Thurs., December 16, 2021

Historical setting: 588 C.E. Forest Primeval          Tall and pale, he flicks an orange lock of hair away from his eyes so I can’t ignore his glint of terror. It’s true. Empathy is a fearsome pain if it goes unfed.          “I need to be tougher than all that.” He says.          “Toughness Thole? ApparentlyContinue reading “Post #27.8 Thurs., December 16, 2021”

Post #27.7, Weds., December 15, 2021

Historical setting: 588 C.E. Forest Primeval          The druid told me Thole stayed at our so-called camp while I was in the village, and they loaned him fleeces and straw for warmth and shelter. I find him there still sleeping in something he constructed of a lean-to.          “Good morning, my friend.  I hear youContinue reading “Post #27.7, Weds., December 15, 2021”

Post #23.9, Thursday, August 19, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. Ligugè          Brother August is telling me about the double monastery now called the Abby of the Holy Cross.          August explains, “While I was in the infirmary some of the nuns assigned to patient care were always whispering among themselves about how they were mistreated by the strict rule ofContinue reading “Post #23.9, Thursday, August 19, 2021”

Post #21.5, Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. The house of Eve, pagan healer          “The old monk does write about the monastery.” Anatase complains, “He has way too many words about that. I already read that ahead and I know those old monks were just there forever working in the inks. Believe me, that isn’t very interesting. ButContinue reading “Post #21.5, Wednesday, June 9, 2021”

Post #6.8, Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Historical setting: 562 C.E. Gaul George is determined to beat the life from Christianity and sanctify the deaths as he foists upon me the necessity for rotting saints. “I can assure you Heretic Lazarus, St. Lazarus was a true martyr for Christ.”          I rebut. “They only died because the emperor of Persia feared Rome.”        Continue reading “Post #6.8, Wednesday, March 18, 2020”

Post #6.5, Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Historical setting: 562 C.E. Gaul          I don’t have to wade far into this lad’s scrawling inks to know my assignment is no less insurmountable than his. He is trying to lead me through the complexities of a religion laid out like a bridge of loose boards onto the wavering back of old paganism –Continue reading “Post #6.5, Wednesday, March 11, 2020”