Mighty acorns


oakI walked the little dog a while ago. The air is cold, not so cold you can see your breath, but cold enough to wear a jacket. The leaves are changing fast and falling faster. We’re expecting frost at the end of the week. To that I say yay! I hope all the little biters freeze so we can have our evening fires and drumming with friends.
The last emergence of mosquitoes has thwarted many a social gathering in the back yard.

Many years ago we planted some bur oak trees around the murder-murderhouse to add to the huge beauties standing here more than 100 years. Needless to say, the ground is covered with acorns this time of year. They pop and crackle as cars pull in and out. Every day mourning doves patrol my driveway looking for convenient car-cracked morsels to stuff their crops with. The squirrels and chipmunks come later in the morning. The little dog’s first order of business in the morning is chasing the birds away. Her first order of business in the afternoon is chasing the squirrels and chipmunks away. I spend my time telling her not to kill things.
Terriers are exhausting.

Anyway…
One of the trees we planted long ago was mislabeled. It’s a bur oak like the others, but this one is native to the southern United States. It has enormous acorns, perhaps three times the size of the other acorns in my yard. I’ve been monitoring these by the day because I want to grab a few for fall decorating inside. Timing is everything. Because they’re so huge, every animal within five miles wants them. If I wait until they get brown and ripe for optimal decorating, some critter will have the tree stripped before I can even put my shoes on. I went looking today and they’re just starting to turn brown. I may have to go out with a flashlight at midnight to get a few!

In case you don’t know the taxonomy of oaks, (a.k.a the scientific nomenclature and classification of organisms), it’s taken from Latin — Quercus = Latin for oak. The name Quercus is called the Genus. From Latin (or Greek) meaning race or kind, the Genus is the family. In this case, the family of oak.

If I mention oak it probably makes some sort of image in your mind. Oaks have acorns, for one. Before I knew better, I assumed that oaks all had a particular leaf shape too. Not true. There are about 600 kinds of oaks around the world and some have very atypical leaves. In fact, some oaks look like willow trees with willow-ish leaves. That’s not all that’s different. Some have acorns so large they would fill the palm of your hand. Given there are many types of oaks. How do you tell one oak from the next?

Science has given us precise ways to label everything. First you determine the family, then you decide how it looks. Once you have the details down you name the species. (Latin for appearance). Science takes the appearance, breaks it down into Latin or Greek, and calls it a species. 

Quercus alba — White oak. Alba means white for the light grey bark it has.
Quercus macrocarpa — Bur oak. Macrocarpa means macro=large, carpa= to hold onto (like a bur) Bur oaks have fuzzy acorn caps like burs.
Quercus rubra —Red oak. Rubra meaning red.
Quercus stellata — Post oak. Stellata for star. The leaves look like a Maltese cross/star.
Quercus acerifolia — Maple leaf oak. Acer = maple, folia= leaf
Quercus ellipsoidalis — Pin oak. Ellipse= long oval. The acorns are long and pointy.

These oaks grow around the USA and are the only ones I know the scientific names of. I believe my country has close to 100 different kinds. Were you to track down the rest, you’d see how the family name stays the same and the species name gives clues to what it looks like. We can thank Swedish scientist Carolus Linnaeus for our hobby of slapping a name on every living thing.

Obviously Latin fascinates me. It was well out of the public school system when I was growing up, so I’ve been teaching myself. Know Latin and Greek and all the words of the western world are yours. Every writer needs words. :D

acornI mentioned more on acorns, but time has gotten away from me this week. I will post it soon.

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Here’s a cliché for today:
Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while

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Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert indexRecipes and Advice on Love and Writing
In paperback and ebook. The e-version of our cookbook is sold everywhere for 99⊄. See My Other Projects page above for links to various formats.

I’m also participating in Fall Into Romance — a month-long event hosted by The Romance Reviews. Hundreds of authors and industry people are participating and that means hundreds of prizes. Find my bit on my satellite blog:
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Suspension of disbelief


I’m hoping I’ll have reasonable internet reception this week. It’s been lousy for a while. Saturday I had a weak hour then nothing. There were several times where I went to fact check and couldn’t. That’s frustrating. I’m finishing a historical now. I need facts! I constantly hunt down facts and check dates on common words the entire time I’m writing. You have to be careful with colloquial speak. Just because we say something now doesn’t mean it was said in the 1870s. It jars the brain to see it.

Writing fiction with any degree of finesse requires the suspension of disbelief.  In historicals, suspending disbelief allows the reader to be transported to that time.  Take a story with paranormal elements. The best are those with enough truth woven in that the unlikely or downright preposterous seem perfectly plausible. I suppose that’s one reason I enjoy writing paranormal/fantasy elements. I like the challenge of suspending disbelief.
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We see this all the time in movies. Picture a WWII story set in Nazi Germany. All the German actors have British accents and we’re good with it. For Americans, there’s just enough “other” quality to it. This allows us to suspend our disbelief long enough to imagine we’re in Germany. My blog day at Romance Books ‘4’ Us is coming on October 4th. I just may expand this thought.

Back in 1992 I went to see the movie The Last of the Mohicans. It was a visually spectacular rendition of the James Fenimore Cooper tale. For me there were two takeaways from the film — the first was an intense kiss that kissed my mind to see. I consider it one of the best kisses in film history.  Take a peek.

The second takeaway was a jarring bit of screenwriter lapse. Sadly I couldn’t find a bit on youtube to show here.

In a nutshell, there’s a point in The Last of the Mohicans’ story where the main character Hawkeye arrives at the fort with the commanding officer’s two daughters he rescued from an Indian attack. One of the chief officers says something disparaging out of jealousy and Hawkeye turns to him and says something like this, “One of these days mister, you and I are going to have a serious disagreement.”

No big deal, right? It is. The phrase doesn’t fit the time period of 1757. Picture those exact words coming from Robert DeNiro with a strong New Jersey accent. Picture them coming from Al Pacino in a movie like The Godfather. Picture them coming from John Wayne at the Alamo.  See what I mean? Once you hear John Wayne say it, it can’t be unheard. lol

Twenty-two years later and my brain was jarred enough to recall those out of place words.  But oh that kiss…

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http://www.amazon.com/Tasteful-Murders-Paul-R-Lancey-ebook/dp/B00NG86P02/

Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert indexRecipes and Advice on Love and Writing
In paperback and ebook. The e-version of our cookbook is sold everywhere for 99⊄. See My Other Projects page above for links to various formats.

I’m also participating in Fall Into Romance — a month-long event hosted by The Romance Reviews. Hundreds of authors and industry people are participating and that means hundreds of prizes. Find my bit on my satellite blog:
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Fun Day Sunday


funday smileIf you’ve been here before then you know Sundays on my blog are all about wonder and smiles. In honor of mentally kicking back once in a while, Sundays are Fun Days! Each Sunday, visitors will find a fun, interesting, or unusual something here. I’m a nerd with a complex sense of humor and absurd wit. It could literally be anything.

Today I’m posting a handful of smiles in small sizes. Gotta love those who find humor in the small things and share them so we can smile too. Boy I wish I’d captured that jumping mouse vs. frog and toad in my window well. (if you haven’t read that tale, scroll down a bit) :D

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Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert indexRecipes and Advice on Love and Writing
In paperback and ebook. The e-version of our cookbook is sold everywhere for 99⊄. See My Other Projects page above for links to various formats.

I’m also participating in Fall Into Romance — a month-long event hosted by The Romance Reviews. Hundreds of authors and industry people are participating and that means hundreds of prizes. Find my bit on my satellite blog:
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Two tin cans and a string


thI’ve been trying to use the internet since 5 am. No dice. It’s been offline for hours but seems to have offered a sliver of opportunity just now. As it is, I’ve disconnected twice in writing this small bit. Annoying.

A call in to my service provider tells me  they’ll be atop the barn this afternoon to adjust the new doodad up there and pointing it at another tower in the distance will make things much better.  Ah rural internet connections. Since the new barn antennae went up we have reasonable service, but it’s been dicey for the past few days. I used to have the equivalent of two tin cans and a string.

So, I have no time for a longer post today because of this adjusting. Gaa! It just fell off and on again. Time for me to go. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to scroll down and read yesterday’s post on banned books. It’s Banned Books Week. What an eye-opener.

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At wits’ end

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Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert indexRecipes and Advice on Love and Writing
In paperback and ebook. The e-version of our cookbook is sold everywhere for 99⊄. See My Other Projects page above for links to various formats.

I’m also participating in Fall Into Romance — a month-long event hosted by The Romance Reviews. Hundreds of authors and industry people are participating and that means hundreds of prizes. Find my bit on my satellite blog:
http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

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Paper burns at 451°


Burning-book-001I consider myself a free-thinking human. In my half-plus century I have lived enough, experienced enough, to draw my own conclusions from the knowledge at hand. I also know my rights as an American citizen. Unlike so many exponents bandying the little blue book in front of media, I understand both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  As a woman of opinion, I must say it irks me how quickly people rise to defend a single Amendment or Constitutional passage at the same time they completely discard the rest. Today I choose liberty. Here’s a bit of dictionary definition:

freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.

bannedIt is with this in mind that I mention this week is Banned Book Week. Since 1990, the Office for Intellectual Freedom reports more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials in schools and libraries because people consider their content inappropriate, controversial or dangerous. Given the books on this ever-growing list, I have to say mine is a nation of imbeciles.

Examples:
A well-known story taken from French folklore sometime in the 1600s can’t make it in California of today.
  I know you’re stunned reading that. Why is this book banned? Because Red visits grandma and brings her wine and cake. At the end of the tale, grandma has a glass of wine and cleans up her cottage.  The story I’m referring to is Little Red Riding Hood. (Banned for inappropriate substance)

A litter of piglets is born on a farm. Experience tells the farmer the small runt will suffer and fail to thrive. He grabs his axe to do the humane thing as any farmer would in the early middle of the last century. His daughter asked her mother, “where is papa going with that axe?” The story I’m referring to is Charlotte’s Web. (Banned for intended violence and parental treachery)

Two Victorian children born into a family of means share a nursery as children did back then. The brother mentions to his sister that he misses their nanny tucking him in. She does it for him and says, “You have it for tonight, darling.” To the sexually repressed imbeciles I mention above, this innocent exchange is suspect. Why ever would a sister call her brother “darling” if their relationship didn’t have seedy undertones? And why don’t they have their own separate bedrooms? The story I’m referring to is Mary Poppins. (Banned for sexual undertone)

Two southern boys and their adventures along the Mississippi River two years before the Civil War began. True to the time it was written about, the n_ word is in there. The story I am referring to is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (Banned for racial insensitivity)

An orphan boy has a chance to live the life his parents meant him to live. A classic hero’s quest where good triumphs over evil. The only problem is, his is a world of witchcraft and wizardry. The story I am referring to is Harry Potter. And it was banned for the same reason the Wizard of Oz and A Wrinkle in Time were banned — witches. (Banned for religious views)

A girl of mixed Christian and Jewish faith is dealing with issues of interfaith and going through puberty at the same time. Seeing other young women fully fleshed out all around her, she asks God to give her breasts. The story is Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. (Banned for amoral content)

Two books of poems and whimsical sketches. The books I am referring to are The Cat in the Hat and A Light in the Attic. (Banned because they encourage messiness and disobedience)

The Diary of Anne Frank (Banned for homosexual undertones)
The Old Man and the Sea (Banned for being an affront to Christian values)
Fahrenheit 451 (Banned as obscene)
Bridge to Terabithia (Banned for its death theme)
Moby Dick (Banned as obscene and sacrilegious)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Banned for profanity and adult themes)
The Grapes of Wrath (Banned as socialist propaganda)

I could add more, many more. The list of banned and challenged books this year is huge. Unfortunately.

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Book burning Nazi-style

“We all know that books burn, yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny of every kind.”
~President Franklin D. Roosevelt


More~

The Virtual Read-Out. Hear passages from the banned books list.
https://www.youtube.com/user/BannedBooksWeek

Exercise your liberty. You have the right to read what you want to read. Learn more here.
http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

We’re I an author of greater consequence, I too would be banned (sacrilegious, sexual undertones, profanity, adult themes, and obscenity, with a touch of all of the rest of the above thrown in for good measure)  My fiction brings harm to none. Haters would do better looking in the mirror and assessing there, for behind those eyes lurks the true affront to the Great Mystery.

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Here’s a cliché for today:
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http://www.amazon.com/Tasteful-Murders-Paul-R-Lancey-ebook/dp/B00NG86P02/

Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert indexRecipes and Advice on Love and Writing
In paperback and ebook. The e-version of our cookbook is sold everywhere for 99⊄. See My Other Projects page above for links to various formats.

I’m also participating in Fall Into Romance — a month-long event hosted by The Romance Reviews. Hundreds of authors and industry people are participating and that means hundreds of prizes. Find my bit on my satellite blog:
http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

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Colors coming on


thWhile out walking the little dog today I couldn’t help but notice the leaves are changing. I love the visual magic that does a now you see it, now you don’t transformation on the trees. Especially when they slip into their autumn finery overnight.  It’s a gift to the eye.
Would you believe only the basic mechanics of this wonder are known to science? There’s a lot to this process. 

We know a variety of factors figure in to the leaf life of trees, namely environmental influences like temperature, rainfall, and variables of soil nutrients, etc. One major factor in the summer/fall changeover has to do with the steady increase of night. In the northern hemisphere, our days grow shorter and nights grow longer and colder this time of year. Less sunlight inspires certain chemical processes to get involved. All through the growing season, a tree makes chlorophyll for photosynthesis and this chemical makes leaves appear green. In the long cold nights of autumn, the chlorophyll production slows then eventually stops altogether for winter. Once the chlorophyll is no longer a factor, the other chemicals present in the leaves all along can finally be seen. These are the carotenoids (yellows and oranges).

To get those vibrant red colors we love this time of year, the tree needs a perfect blend of circumstances. The most brilliant colors are tied to this favorable mix of a warm wet spring, a moderate summer, and cool and crisp autumn nights followed by warm and sunny days. 

During the fall, leaf veins close and food production begins to shut down for the winter. Deciduous trees need to pump their sap to the roots where freezing winter temperatures can’t harm their delicate vascular system.  Warm sunny days inspire the leaves to produce sugars, but with closing veins there’s no way to send it all to the roots. The anthocyanin pigments come into play when lots of sugars are present in the leaves. This chemical makes the vibrant reds, crimsons, purples, and browns that take your breath away.

thThe seasons change from south to north and from east to west, and that means the east coast of the United States gets the colors first. My husband is speaking in Washington DC in October and we’re driving there to take it all in.
I hope the colors of Appalachia wait for me.
  They did last time.  :D

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Here’s a cliché for today:
As beautiful as the day is long

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4 Us iconToday is Author Cara Marsi’s blog day.
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My recent projects~

murderTasteful Murders

Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert indexRecipes and Advice on Love and Writing
In paperback and ebook. The e-version of our cookbook is sold everywhere for 99⊄. See My Other Projects page above for links to various formats.

I’m also participating in Fall Into Romance — a month-long event hosted by The Romance Reviews. Hundreds of authors and industry people are participating and that means hundreds of prizes. Find my bit on my satellite blog:
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All things being equal


Happy Efnniht! Or should I say Happy Alban Elfed? No? Ok, then happy Autumnal Equinox! Today’s celestially auspicious event comes with roughly 12 hours of day and night. The name, from the Latin æquus and nox, literally means equal night. In the wheel of the year, the spring and autumn equinoxes fall between the summer and winter solstices.
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For as long as mankind has watched the heavens and kept track of celestial constants, these four events were considered important because they marked the cross quarters and the turning of the seasons. To beings dependent on animal migrations and eventually on the particulars of agriculture, knowing when to hunt and when to plant/harvest was a matter of survival.

Before long, their importance as time-keepers inspired rituals and customs to spring up across cultures around the world. Two off the top of my head –dousing fires and symbolically relighting them on the winter solstice, and running cattle through the Beltane fires.

Some of the more remarkable ways man has paid homage to the cross quarters have been through stone and wood structures built in such a way as to capture a moment in time. We know about the great monoliths of the ancients such as Stonehenge and Brittany’s Carnac, but there were other important timepieces too. Again, off the top of my head, there’s a spiral cut in stone that is pierced by a shaft of light in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon. Ireland’s New Grange is a tunnel built into an earthwork that captures the rising or setting sunlight on one day a year. There are also astronomical observatories subtly positioned as avenues, such as the Temple of Karnac in Egypt or the solar alignment of New York’s Manhattan.

Here’s one of my favorites for marking the spring equinox. This is the ancient step pyramid of El Castillo in Chichen Itza. The sun casts a moving body of light on the stone serpent head at the bottom of the pyramid. Amazing.

More~
http://www.archaeoastronomy.com/seasons.html

What an interesting day to contemplate a life in balance– A good day to accept we are at once both light and shadow. Take writing. By the very nature of what it is, writing fiction is a very introspective craft. Other writers reading my blog today will understand what it is I am saying. Our craft pulls from every imaginable corner of our psyche. Every once in a while a wisp of darkness curls into my light and when I’m done composing it, I’ll sit back from my keyboard fairly stunned by what just poured out of my imagination.

On a theme, my latest tiptoe into the shadows is now in print. This will be my third  murder anthology with authors Paul DeLancey and Candace Bowen.  If you click on the Look Inside feature on the cover of each on Amazon, you see my stories come after the fun introductions.

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Tasteful Murders

http://www.amazon.com/Tasteful-Murders-Paul-R-Lancey-ebook/dp/B00NG86P02/

More darkness in past anthologies~ Look Inside to read mine

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The Darwin Murders

http://www.amazon.com/Darwin-Murders-Candace-C-Bowen-ebook/dp/B00ENQBI7Q/

 

murder3Bump Of Your Enemies. I came late to this one and didn’t quite understand the theme, but they took my bit anyway.
http://www.amazon.com/Bump-Your-Enemies-Candace-Bowen-ebook/dp/B00CJWAVAQ/

 

Perhaps not in equal measure for the equinox, but I’m also in these lighter collections…

eq-coverThe free Exquisite Quills Holiday Anthology Vol 1. My offering is based upon the true history of rural electrification in the house next door to me.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/374815

 

indexAnd then there’s Bake, Love, Write  ~ a light-hearted recipe collection where authors shared a dessert recipe and their perspectives on love and the writing craft. (more info below) Author Kaye Spencer made this little book trailer for our cookbook. Very cute!

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Fall into Love Party copyToday is my day!  Stop by and play my Q&A.

I’m participating in Fall Into Romance — a month-long event hosted by The Romance Reviews. Hundreds of authors and industry people are participating and that means hundreds of prizes. Find my bit on my satellite blog: http://calliopeswritingtablet.blogspot.com/

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For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Clichés.
There are 34 entries to come.

Here’s a cliché for today:
All things being equal

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4 Us iconToday is guest Author Sherry Ewing
http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/

Romance Books ‘4’ Us ~ The September contest is almost over. SO many prizes!
http://www.romancebooks4us.com

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indexBake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing
The e-version of our cookbook
is sold everywhere for 99⊄.
Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NO2DPTY/
iTunes Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bake-love-write/id920146098?mt=11
The Nook Store
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bake-love-write-lois-winston/1120365873?ean=2940150401860
Kobo
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/bake-love-write
And we have Paperback on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Bake-Love-Write-Authors-Dessert/dp/1940795133/

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avatar-purple<– This is not a lag. It’s a statement. The internet was created to be a free system with access to knowledge and level opportunity for all. Right now several large telecommunications corporations want to make you pay them for the privilege you’ve had for free since the internet began. Learn how you can help stop the pending internet takeover by these heavy-hitting, well-funded Washington lobbyists. The FCC is taking comments now and wants to know what YOU think.
Learn what’s at stake and how you can give your opinion to the FCC.
http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now

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all7books-smallLove Waits in Unexpected Places - Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories

Find my novels wherever books are sold.
Sample my love stories for free!

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