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Music Monday, Anniversary Edition

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  3. Monday, 28 September 2020
Eighteen years ago today, I stood in the English Garden at what was then the Lake Tahoe Fantasy Inn (it’s changed hands and no longer has the fabulous theming) and said “I do.” I married into Clan Cathcart, which also makes me a Wallace. Thus, our choice for a recessional: “Scots Wha’ Hae.” World-re...

Renovations at Historic York Guildhall Reveal Human Remains, Roman Artifacts | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

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  3. Sunday, 27 September 2020
As BBC News reports, the team’s other finds include a well-preserved hairpin, a copper stylus, and pieces of roof and floor tiles tentatively dated to the Roman period. “It is therefore possible that the medieval Friary was built over the ruins of a Roman building that once occupied the riverfront,”...

Sample Saturday, with Bonus Track: “Pompeii Fire”

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  3. Saturday, 26 September 2020
Hi, everyone. This week’s sample is, again, from my work in progress entitled Pompeii Fire. As always, the final product is likely to differ from the current draft. Music was a regular part of gladiatorial games, played during and between bouts. The cornu referred to in the text is a brass instrumen...

Weekend Reads: “The Jane Austen Society”

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  3. Friday, 25 September 2020
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie JennerMy rating: 5 of 5 starsOnce upon a time, I was a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Austen’s books, though they are few in number, are some of the most splendid social commentary of their time. Her works give us an intimate view of life in Re...

In medias res – what it is and why you should use it – The History Quill

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  3. Thursday, 24 September 2020
In medias res is the literary technique of jumping straight to the heart of the action, literally ‘in the middle of things’. What exactly those things are is the author’s prerogative. The common misconception is that in medias res means opening with an action scene, but in reality, the technique is ...

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