Surprises and Melancholia (Bitch Buzz)

I meant to do a Friday Forgotten Book, but today took a few unexpected turns which involved a glorious day at the beach, a much overdue haircut and a shiny new iPad2 (thank you Fulbright Foundation) which is charging now. So I have added some lovely photos to the Ireland photo album, including a cute…

Mistaken Identity

Happy new year, everyone. It’s been a cold and damp one so far in Ireland (shock!) but Miss Wendy and I managed to get out in the bit of sun yesterday for a little while to do some wandering and bird watching. New birds sighted included  chirpy little robin and moorhen up by Salmon Weir….

Happy St. Urho Day!

As the delightful flaming grasshopper (courtesy of the fabulous Stephanie Johnson AKA The Queen of Everything) indicates, today is St. Urho Day when we commemorate the famous Finnish leader who chased the grasshoppers from the vineyards with the cry, “Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!” [Roughly, “Grasshopper, grasshopper, hie thee to hell!”] Don’t forget to load…

Stephanie Johnson: The Creative Process

Kicking off our Women’s History Month celebration with a bang! Yes, folks — it’s the fabulous Queen of Everything, the corvid monarch herself today. She’s a fantastic artist, creator of the wonderful Raven & Wombat Tea Party merch (see our St Urho design!), co-conspirator of the Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, a printmaker, logo artiste,…

Caw!

My students in the medieval film class watched The Virgin Spring today; they nominated it for “the feel good film of the year.” I forgot to talk about Odin ahead of time, so they had no idea what the squawking raven presaged (or, for that matter, the guy with one eye and a cloak standing…

Corvid Sightings

Last night at my pal Barb’s new house, we were greeted by her new door mat with a raven and a line from Poe’s immortal poem, images of crows and ravens everywhere, and better yet by some Legendary Magpie Mead! Quite tasty — and local, too. We’re going to have to get some for ourselves….