Sunday, January 25, 2015


Water fairy in a ship's figurehead, 
there to guard against sickness, shoals and storms. 
When all else fails, he's there to guide 
the drowned souls to the land of the dead.

Friday, January 23, 2015


domestic squabbler
- Century Dictionary & Encyclopedia, 1911 ed.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Gods were always falling for nymphs and having their way with them. In this case, Pluto carried Leuka off to his underworld realm. When she died, as all mortals must, he created in her honor a white poplar and placed it in the Elysian Fields. One side of its leaves were white, the other side green, symbolizing both upper and lower worlds. Horticulture once again buys absolution.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Invented 100 years ago this month, this is the Alice May 1250.
Her job: to deliver singing telegrams. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015