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Steps on a very strange walk

Well, depending on whether the date stamp sticks around, you can see that there’s been almost a year between good intentions and follow through. So be it! I’m sure that I’m not blazing a shocking new truth when I say that there can be a lot of reasons not to step out of the comfort zone.

But what the hell, I’m here now. So onward and upward! So to speak.

Let’s start with a label: heathen. I am one. Like most labels, it tells you some things but leaves out lots more. It tells you, for example, that I don’t follow a monotheistic religion, but neither am I an atheist. Some people use the termĀ asatru, which refers to a person who believes in the Norse gods. But do I believe that when I see lightning, that Thor is striking his hammer against the anvil of the heavens? No. I do not.

I didn’t start out here. Actually, I started a long way from here. More to come.

(Note: to follow the chronology of this story, read from oldest to newest. If you are unstuck in time, read it any damn way you please.)

Homage to Catalonia Pt 7

DESPERATE LOVE IN THE SHADOW OF FLAMING DEATH! Or, more accurately, Orwell is unable to see his wife for a few days as the city of Barcelona falls into moderate chaos.

Homage to Catalonia Pt 6

Things get serious on the front as the Republicans and Fascists actually begin to engage each other. Even so, Orwell gives events a kind of surreal quality.

Homage to Catalonia Pt 4

George Orwell turns to life at the front, where life can be lousy, and people should be far more careful about where they go number two.

Homage To Catalonia Pt 3

George Orwell takes the time to dive into the rivalries on the Republican side, and the reasons why the Communists were opposed to a revolution. Filthy Commies.

A Christmas Carol + A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Our Christmas classic concludes happily, as Ebenezer Scrooge takes full advantage of his second chance. All’s well that ends well! Plus, a bonus telling of Dylan Thomas’ recounting of his wintry childhood. Enjoy!

A Christmas Carol Pt 4

Things take a dark turn in Victorian London as Scrooge gets a glimpse of his possible future. Phew! Kind of grim! A good thing this story will have a happy ending!

A Christmas Carol Pt 3

Merrily we go along with Ebenezer Scrooge through Christmas Present! Join us as Scrooge learns that it feels nice to be nice to people.