Master of Horror lectures throughout the month of October at several Mid-Continent Public Library locations around Kansas City. The lecturer is Roberta Park, who also happens to be President of the Tolkien Society of Kansas City.
Synopsis: Horror author H.P. Lovecraft has influenced the genre for decades. Explore H.P. Lovecraft’s life, his influences, the Cthulhu Mythos, and how he developed as a horror author.
- Monday October 14th, 7 pm, South Independence Branch
- Tuesday October 15th, 6:30 pm, Woodneath Branch
- Tuesday October 22nd, 6 pm, North Independence Branch
- Thursday October 24th, 6:30 pm, Lone Jack Branch
- Monday October 28th, 6:30 pm, North Oak Branch
A year ago today, I attended my first Tolkien Studies conference, hosted by the Tolkien Society of Kansas City at Park University. I even helped re-enact the scene where Frodo is wounded by the Witch-king (I played the part of Wraith #5 in the video taken by Corey Olsen which is no longer available according to Twitch).
I’m looking forward to my second Moot next weekend in Waterloo, Iowa, also called MiddleMoot (because we alternate years between the two locations – back in KC for 2020).
And since I start off October by celebrating or at least contemplating being another year older, I decided to start a Twitter post series based on the Hammond & Scull Reader’s Companion to The Lord of the Rings, in which the timeline is very accurately tracked as the story unfolds. So on the morning of September 30th, the last day of that month, I finished reading “The Uruk-hai” chapter in The Two Towers and picked up the Reader’s Companion to read their research and notes on the same chapter, but instead I wondered what was happening “on this day” in Middle-earth? So I returned back to the chapter “A Knife in the Dark” from The Fellowship of the Ring and found the corresponding entry for last Monday: Continue reading
A half century and a half decade.
Two score plus a half score plus a quarter score years.
I can’t and never could drive fifty-five.
I was almost five when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
Disappointed a woman hasn’t walked there yet.
I am starting to experience the opposite of time dilation.
Thanks to everyone who wished me well on my natal day.
And I’m back after a months-long blog writing hiatus.
To get my blood flowing and brain juices churning, I’m posting a ‘joke’ my husband sent me via email way back in November 2007 that I’ve been wanting to share (and put some place where I can find it in the future).
For my ‘Let’s clean out the pantry of nearly expired canned goods’ vegetarian (more or less) chili recipe, see my blog post from December 2010 here.
Warning: Stop reading now if you will be offended by some mild profanity and tasteless (pun intended) male commentary (from Judge #3).
Inexperienced Chili Taster
Notes from an inexperienced chili taster named Frank, who was visiting Texas from the East Coast:
Recently I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment, and I happened to be standing there at the judge’s table asking directions to the beer wagon when the call came. I was assured by the other judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn’t be all that spicy, and besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting so I accepted.
Three robin’s eggs in a nest on top of my back porch light. This is the second time since we’ve lived in this house that a robin has nested in that exact spot. The last time it didn’t end well for the robin chicks.
Robin’s Nest Flickr Album
I took these photos using my Samsung smartphone standing on a step ladder inside the house with my arm sneaking around the top of the patio door. I could not see the screen when I snapped the shots. Two of the photos I adjusted afterwards to enhance the visibility and vibrancy of the eggs (which were hidden in shadow inside the nest).
Porthos is lounging in the background (on the step watching me taking the photo above).
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