Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Review No. 40 - Llewellyn's Little Book of Psychic Development by Melanie Barnum

Welcome back! I've been busy reading, enjoying the early summer sunshine and watching way too much TV. I'm still in medical limbo, being bounced between specialists for my stomach. So, although I'm unable to do basically anything that involves walking or standing for more than 5 minute, I'm trying to stay on the positive!
This little book was really a nice read, and I really enjoyed how Melanie Barnum approached psychic development. Her book "Llewellyn's Little Book of Psychic Development" is filled with easy to read tips on how to expand your psychic abilities. Now, as a tarot reader, I've a pretty open mind about this sort of stuff. If you don't have an inclination towards psychic abilities, well then this isn't a book for you.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Book Review No. 39 - The Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum

On the road again, we are on the road again! In my head, I am singing that to myself. This week, we are spending time in Akron, Ohio. While the hubby works, I am taking full advantage of our suite at Holiday Inn Express. The weather is glorious gloomy NE Ohio weather, so I'm also enjoying that. My husband isn't such a fan of the gloom, but I actually miss it now that we live in Central KY. 

I finished this really well-written science book by Richard O. Prum, "The Evolution of Beauty". The book, obvious by the title, is about the evolution of beautiful (or costly) traits in organisms. Prum is a professor of ornithology at Yale University, and also head curator of vertebrate zoology at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. So, this man knows what he is talking about.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tarot Tales - Creating Your Own Tarot Deck

Hello dearests, welcome. Hubby and I are on the road again, this time in my old stomping grounds of NE Ohio. The weather is dreary and rainy, absolutely perfect!  Since I am still practically an invalid, I am enjoying the hotel room with the whirlpool jets in the tub. Remember, sometimes it is the small things that get you through.
The Courtly Love Tarot
A while ago I decided I wanted to try my hand at making my own tarot deck. I have like no artistic skills, so drawing my own was out. But, I do have some alright Photoshop skills and there are tons of royalty-free or public domain photos on the internet. So I set to work designing my own deck.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book Review No. 38 - Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

Welcome back. This week I am welcoming the warmer weather and rainy days. Something about rainy days, where there is a slow drizzle, makes me happy.
While listening to the pitter-patter on the windows, I finished this fantastic book "Mr. Rochester" by Sarah Shoemaker. This is a great companion book to the ultimate romance (well one of them in my opinion) "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë. I first read "Jane Eyre" in high school, and fell in love with the characters and moody, Gothic story. Shoemaker expands upon this world by providing Edward Rochester's tale.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review No. 37 - The Witch's Cauldron by Laura Tempest Zakroff

Welcome back! I've another great book to review. I know I call these "Book Review Tuesdays" and most of these are no longer posted on Tuesdays. Maybe I will get back to being more consistent soon...but until then...I hope you enjoy!
Have you ever wanted to know more about the witch's cauldron, that symbol so deeply associated with witchery? I highly recommend Laura Tempest Zakroff's book "The Witch's Cauldron". She did a masterful job covering so many aspects of the magical vessel, this is a great reference book as well as enjoyable to read.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Book Review No. 36 - The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown

Hello again, welcome! Still hanging out in beautiful Texas. The weather has been a bit strange, big spring storms and then hot days have kept me inside the hotel room reading away. 
  I love a good historical fiction book, its probably my favorite genre of stories. I finished Beth Underdown's "The Witchfinder's Sister" in about three days; it was hard to put down. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Old Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg Kentucky

A few weeks ago, while my older sister was in town, we took a little jaunt down to Harrodsburg KY to visit Old Fort Harrod. The love of history runs deep in our family, and when we get together we usually find some historical explorations to do.
We went on a Monday, so unfortunately we could not take a tour of the recreated fort or the museum (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) but we took a lovely tour of the grounds.
This isn't a large state park, but an important one for Kentucky. In June 1774, James Harrod and his band of 37 men built cabins in this area, becoming the first permanent settlement in KY. This new fledgling community went a long way to secure safety for the pioneers, and Harrodstown was founded. Overtime the fort grew, more people arrived and Harrodstown became Harrodsburg.