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"March winds are the morning yawn"

Happy birthday to thewordoffred, and happy early birthday to lovefromgirl and emerdavid! May you each have a wonderful day and a fantastic year to come.

And I have some news of the weird and not-so-weird...

* From NewScientist: "'Vampire' Discovered in Mass Grave": "A skeleton exhumed from a grave in Venice is being claimed as the first known example of the 'vampires' widely referred to in contemporary documents."

* Speaking of vampire news, I think I may have to break down and read The House of Night series; I've just discovered that the books are set in my old high school, feature some of my favorite places in my hometown, and even include cameo appearances by real teachers I had in class. This certainly piques my curiosity. I do feel a bit cheated, though: if there were vampires roaming the halls when I was there, I never noticed. And considering the fact I had a Brontë novel glued under my arm for my entire high school experience (and occasionally some Poe, as well), you'd at least think they would've known they could say hello. I even wore black to prom, for heaven's sake - with an "updo" exposing my neck! Ah, well.

* The March issue of Journey to the Sea, the online magazine devoted to myth, is now available, and it includes interesting articles on Doris Lessing, Aesop, and "Mythos and Logos: Two Ways of Explaining the World."

"Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn."
- Lewis Grizzard, Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You


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Mar. 8th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
I looked at the "vampire" photo and, well, I just can't tell you where my mind went. ;o) But seriously, the title of the article is a bit misleading; I am glad they are not claiming to have found a real vampire (oxymoron, what?).

You know, come to think of it, the way some of those boys behaved on dates back in high school, I can see how the vampire myth came into being. ;o)

Mar. 11th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
*cackles* I think I know where your mind went, thanks very much. (Only because mine followed.) And I agree - the vampire myth has its roots in real life, to be sure. LOL!
Mar. 9th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Silly vampires, being all quiet like that. ;~)
Mar. 11th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Seriously! There was no reason to be so sneaky. ;)
Mar. 9th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
House of Night is a hot series right now. At the bookstore, we're handing it to all the people who have graduated from the Twilight series.
Mar. 11th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Well, then, I'm in good company! Thanks for letting me know. I hope I like it better than Twilight, though. (That's not to knock YA vampire literature as a whole. I quite liked Drew Hayden Taylor's The Night Wanderer, for example.) If nothing else, it will be entertaining for its nostalgia value. I'm anxious to see the contexts in which my former teachers appear, for example. It should be fun.
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