Category Archives: Happenings—Posts

Military Fashion: Battle Garb and Civilian Attire

Song post: Sheppard, Bombs Away Camouflage is an attempt to blend in order to hide or not be seen not unlike a chameleon in its environment.  In today’s fashion world, it can be seen on the streets represented by vintage … Continue reading

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Freya—Goddess of Love

Tuned in: Marc Cohn, Walk through the world with me. May is the month of rebirth, love and fertility and a perfect time to introduce my readers to a goddess. In the last few months, I’ve showcased the Continental Germanic … Continue reading

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Thor—God of Thunder

Tuned in: Garth Brooks, The Thunder Rolls  Last month, I wrote about Loki a god mentioned in my novel, On the Edge of Sunrise, set in 5th century AD (CE). Generally, it’s considered reasonable that the Germanic barbarian tribes, such … Continue reading

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Loki the Trickster

The Franks were pagans whose spiritual beliefs were based in Continental Germanic mythology until AD 496 when Clovis I, the first Merovingian king to unite all the Franks, became a Christian at the urging of his wife, Clotilde, a Burgundian … Continue reading

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France: The Merovingian Long-Haired Kings

Tuned in: Game of Thrones (Soundtrack), The Kingsroad One of my favorite settings for a historical novel is France.  I’ve traveled its countryside and cities and marveled at its beauty, traditions, food and language.  Its history is filled with incredible … Continue reading

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A Viking Hero—The Helmet of Dread

Tuned in: Enigma, In the Shadow in the Light Although my primary historical interests favor the Romans and barbarian tribes, the Vikings, also known to history as ‘Berserkers’, fascinate me as well.  In the book, Norse Gods and Heroes by … Continue reading

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Easter Traditions

Tuned in:  Enya, Tempus Vernum  (Springtime)  Easter is the Christian holy day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  However, many traditions related to this day come from ancient practices. It is believed that when ‘second century A.D. missionaries seeking to … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paolo and Francesca: Love’s Passionate Storm

Tuned in: Steve Winwood, Higher Love Our fascination with romantic enchantment was born from Celtic myth, poetry, courtly love, and secrets sprung from ancient lore.  We are familiar with images of valiant knights embarked on missions of honor, beautiful women, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: Then and Now

Tuned in: Martina McBride, Blessed Thanksgiving is a celebration of gratitude. The Pilgrims, who survived the voyage to America on the Mayflower and their first winter, must have surely felt the elation that comes from enduring a great hardship. They … Continue reading

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Beer: Antiquity finds Oktoberfest

Tuned in: Pink, Feel Good Time October is a great month in the colder climates.  Orange and yellow leaves litter the ground, a damp chill grips the air and the last standing farm near my home parades a field filled with … Continue reading

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