The Secret Garden

We are having a rare bout of cold weather in North Florida.  And when I say “cold”, I am not using the regional definition, that is, anything under 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  I am talking twenties and thirties here.  Snow was reported.  I had to scrape frost off my car.  Such things are not common around…

Monsters and Demons

I read a wonderful post, Ancient Maps are Mirrors for the Ancient Psyche, by Amelia Soth on the JSTOR Daily blog.  It was about maps from the Middle Ages and how they reflect the beliefs and superstitions of the people that made and used them at the time.   Many things that we now take for…

Enough of Hurricanes

I think we have had enough of hurricanes. Hurricane Harvey.  Hurricane Irma.  Hurricane Jose.  And Katia, who lived for a short time in the Gulf of Mexico before the Mexican Earthquake upstaged her. When I wrote my last post, I didn’t seriously think that another tropical event could rival the intensity of damage that Hurricane…

The Wind Beyond the Walls

Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, plowed through Corpus Christi, Texas this past Friday.  And reminded us all that hurricane season is upon us. The pictures and video, from Houston to Alabama, of the soggy path, where the remnants of the storm have lingered and dumped rain for the past week, horrify the soul. Images of…