Italy rejects demands for a wolf cull as numbers increase in the Alps and Apennines Demands by Italian farmers for the country’s burgeoning wolf population to be culled have been rejected by the government, with a newly launched management plan insisting that man and beast can co-exist.
The long cold winter. How I have ached and groaned and pulled myself through many a cold freezing morning. I long for release.
I have convinced myself that this journal shall be a chronicle of the days before the fall. The great collapse. There are those, and many, who believe that our culture is on the brink of some vast economic catastrophe. Do I dare to give credence to these ideas by recording them here– where only truth is spoken?
Richard is on the phone– talking to the other employees of the salon. There is an insurgency against Stanley, the half-hearted, selfish salon manager. Richard is leading the forces. In the Big Meeting, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, Richard is to act as spokesman for all the other employees.
Life goes on. Our days are filled with a hundred strong currents.
View of the Eiffel tower and the grounds of the Exposition Universelle on the Champs de Mars with Seine and the Pont d'Iena in the foreground, Paris, taken from a balloon above the Trocadero. Paris, France. Between April and October 1889. [1280x877]
The National flag of the Confederate States of America with 13 stars
“The Stars and Bars”
March 4, 1861 (first 7-star version)
November 28, 1861 (final 13-star version)
Three horizontal stripes of equal height, alternating red and white, with a blue square two-thirds the height of the flag as the canton. Inside the canton are white five-pointed stars of equal size, arranged in a circle and pointing outward.
An elongated (2:1 aspect ratio) version of the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, and similar to The Second Confederate Navy Jack, in use from 1863 until 1865, although with the darker blue field of the Army’s battle flag.
Despite never having historically represented the Confederate States of America as a country, nor having been officially recognized as one of its national flags, the rectangular Second Confederate Navy Jack and the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia are now flag types commonly referred to as the Confederate Flag. Both have become a widely recognized symbol of the Southern United States. It is also known as the rebel flag, Dixie flag, and Southern cross and is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the Stars and Bars. The actual “Stars and Bars” is the first national flag, which used an entirely different design, and was in use by the Confederacy until mid-1863.
As of the early 21st century, the “rebel flag” has become a highly divisive symbol in the United States.
Far right-wing political activists in the European Union, many of whom have separatist inclinations, have been known to use the Confederate flag. This is especially true in Germany, where displaying the Nazi flag in public is outlawed.
The following events occurred on this day in history … to succeed in the future, we must learn from the past.
May 27 is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 218 days remain until the end of the year.
In the United State, today in celebrated as Memorial Day (formerly known as Decoration Day.) It is a day set-aside to honor those women and men who died in the defense of the country. (It should not be confused with Veterans Day, traditionally celebrated on November 11, which honors ALL people who served in the armed forces.)
1096 – Count Emicho enters Mainz, where his followers massacre at least 600 Jewish citizens.
1120 – Richard III of Capua is anointed as Prince two weeks before his untimely death.
1153 – Malcolm IV becomes King of Scotland.
1199 – John is crowned King of England.
1257 – Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, and his wife, Sanchia of Provence, are crowned King and Queen of the Germans at Aachen Cathedral.
1644 – Manchu regent Dorgon defeats rebel leader Li Zicheng of the Shun dynasty at the Battle of Shanhai Pass, allowing the Manchus to enter and conquer the capital city of Beijing.
1703 – Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg.
1798 – The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland; Irish rebel leaders defeat and kill a detachment of militia.
1799 – War of the Second Coalition: Austrian forces defeat the French at Winterthur, Switzerland.
just to make things clear, I am not suicidal. I just think about death in some kind of mysterious way, I imagine what’s like and if it’d be better, I am thinking about the afterlife and if it’s real. how it feels to be dead. it just interesting to me.
It was during watching a new episode of THE BOLD TYPE and before an at-home workout.
I finished DARKENED TABULA.
THAT’S RIGHT!!!! it was hard to believe that I started on it during NaNoWrImO this past November if I remembered correctly. And now it was done.
I said a while ago that I suspected the light at the end of the tunnel when the ending occurred to my mind’s eye. As I continued to write, the ending became clearer and clearer. There were still some questions that only my characters had, but I kept on.
So how did it turn out for me?
I admit that it was hard to see where Ebony would turn up. I felt that I had given her a definite happy ending at the end of DARKCHILDE. Not withstanding the twist at the end. Of course, it affected her. And in this book she started it in a good place. But the end…well…that would be a doozy. After all can a relationship survive the presence of old exes…
Meanwhile, there was the actual ending. I was surprised when it came to me months ago. I was also excited.
There was a character that I introduced in a short story that was in my collection DARKENED SOUL: PIECES OF A DARKENED PUZZLE. One with a history with some of my recurring characters. In fact SPOILER ALERT a lot of that history is in my forthcoming novel DARKENED SOUL: THE BREAKING OF CIRCLES. However, I knew he would be a major player in DARKENED TABULA. So much so that the ending and his history allowed for my main character to cross with another recurring character from DARKCHILDE. She made a promise to Ebony. And now…she had a dangerous trump card. However will she play it.
A papal indulgence from the diocese of Mainz, 1480. Indulgences were sold to Catholics during this period. The act of repenting for their sins and a contribution to the church through the purchase of an indulgence were believed to bring about the forgiveness of a person’s sins. Indulgences became a symbol of corruption in the church, especially in Mainz, where money collected through indulgences for the building of St. Peter’s Basilica instead went to Albert, the archbishop of Mainz, who was using the money to pay off the debts he had incurred by bribing his way to the office of archbishop. These indulgences enraged Martin Luther and led to the Protestant Reformation.