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Today's topic: Medieval Christmas carols

Please note that this lullaby carol is from the 14th century, so it *will not* sound like Shakespearean English; it's probably closer to the English spoken/written by Chaucer. I hope you enjoy it!




I have an unexpected errand to run but I'll try and copy the lyrics when I get home.

**The lyrics are now below the cut. The 14th century verse ahead of the modern translation. You will notice the spelling is very different. For one thing, the thorn [Þ] is used in place of 'th'; also, there is a stylized "3" that I could not figure out how to duplicate, so the numeral 3 takes its place. Also, "I" is pronounced as "E".

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Today's topic: Moods
current mood
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Today's topic: Winter Solstice/Yule


Yule Comments & Graphics

~Magickal Graphics~



For those of you who might have an interest in MCU fics, I thought this might be of interest as well:
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Today's topic: Parties.

bookish stay home rather than go to parties

Yeah, this is pretty much how I am all of the time. :)
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Today's topic: A meme! ;)

http:// www. playbuzz .com /jonb10/ what-literary-character-is-your-mental-twin?pbg=8099&pbh=291fc03a29

This is one is just absolutely *perfect*! ;) Check it out...

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Today's topic: book challenge

reading challenge list

I love this idea and plan to start it on 1st Jan 15. (I just hope that it will print out ok.)
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Today's topic: What LOTR or Silm characters would you like to eat Christmas dinner with?

LotR: I think I would have to say with the Hobbits, mostly because I am a firm believer in second breakfasts! And I know that all of the hobbits must have huge larders and pantries just waiting to be 'raided'! [g]

Silm: I would choose Finwë and his sons (and their families, of course) because: (a) eye candy to the max! and (b) I would just love to watch all of their interactions with each other and look for the obvious (and maybe a few surprising) relationships that are hinted at. ;)
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Today's topic: Your favourite Tolkien character.

This is really hard to decide. Ever since I began seriously re-reading Tolkien in the last few years, I've discovered a lot more depth to his writings than I remembered from when I last read them at university.

And there are *so many* to choose from! So often he would make reference to someone/thing in passing, almost as a throwaway line -- and yet in the book, all of the characters have an almost instant understanding of that reference.

I think, though, that rather than choosing one of the men I will choose one of the women. There are a few very notable exceptions but most of the women in Middle Earth are seldom referenced -- except when they are connected by either blood or marriage to one of the more important men -- and sadly even then only in passing.

And while it is tempting to choose an Elfwoman (so many to choose from!) or someone like Éowyn (whom I like to imagine as being an ancestress of mine) or Gilraen (so much to discover about her), I think I will instead choose Haleth because she is one of the very few women who was named in a genuine position of leadership.
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Today's topic: Shopping (i.e., ordinary, everyday things)

As many of you have no doubt noticed by now, I do a lot of shopping (aka errand day) in Hastings. The reason for this is very simple: it's cheaper. In many cases, a lot cheaper.

Let me give you an example: the price of gas/petrol (today) was $2.59/gal in the town where I live. In Hastings? $2.34. Generic dog food (single can): here, $1.17; Hastings, $0.75. As much as I would like to buy gas here and support our local store, I just can't. Not when the difference is so great.

I blame the Evil Empire of WM for the bulk (90% +) of this problem. Of course, there are some things that I buy here. Mostly very perishable things like meat, ice, etc. but there are a few others as well.

Anyway, here is a link if you want to read more about my hometown. ::cue Springsteen music::

http:// harvardcommunityclub .webs .com/

(At last it's a lot more fun than the Wiki entry.)
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Today's topic: Travel.

I love traveling but I don't get to do nearly as much of it as I would like to. When I was younger, I foolishly made a "dream list" (which I like better than the more common "bucket list) which I managed to lose.

The biggest number involved travel in some way -- and/or not staying/living where I am now. And oh how I would have loved to travel back then! It was so different from now, being able to come and go with very minimal hassles. Now it's a whole different story and due to that and lack of a serious travel 'cushion' (aka: money), I end up doing far too little. But I do get a chance to see my cousins some summers, which is fun.
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Today's topic: Vocabulary

japanese for piles of unread books

I just love learning new words, especially when they are *ahem* descriptive in some way. In this case, you now know what the interior of my house looks like. ;)
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Today's topic: Choices
which door will you choose - 2

I think there might have been an earlier version of this posted here but since I can't remember when, I thought it was time for a repost. :)

Oh and my apologies for not responding to comments. I recently changed emails for this and they seem to be showing up later than expected. Ah well. But I do intend to answer them as soon as possible.
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Today's topic: Decorations.

horsehead holiday wreath

I can't remember where I found this pic, sorry. Isn't it cool though?
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Today's topic: Cooking & Recipes

I love cooking and I *really* love experimenting with new recipes! :)

I think my mom and grandma started teaching me to cook as soon as I could make a stirring motion with a spoon because seriously, I do not remember a time when I didn't cook. I remember cookies most of all because at Christmas time there were always cookies being baked *and* frosted! Yum! And pies and cakes and bread -- real bread, the kind that you kneaded and then let rise before kneading it again before putting it in bread pans to bake in the ovens. (As you have guessed, this was before the inventing of bread machines. Which are ok but not nearly as good as the old-fashioned kind.)

But now I don't cook as much because it's just me and I do not need to have large amounts of sweets around. They are just far too tempting and I have minimal will power to resist their siren call, alas.

As for my favorite recipes, I will save those for another day, so stay tuned! :)
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Today's topic: Christmas & Holiday cards

I love getting cards and sending them. It's always fascinating to discover the design/theme that people choose -- the stamps are an added bonus. :) I remember how excited I got as a kid when the cards would start coming in -- my grandma and mom were much more interested in the Christmas letters though. But sadly, I don't think that any of them got saved. It's a pity; they'd be such a wonderful glimpse into the not-so-long ago past and I'd love to visit it again. Ah well.

So if you'd like a card (or if you prefer e-cards), just let me know. (I think I screened this anyway.)

Also, if you'd like to ask me any other questions, be they fannish, holiday or just curiousity (sic) about whatever -- ask away.

My original post is here:
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Today's topic: Charities

This time of year, I always seem to get bunches of mail asking for charitable donations. And yes, I do give to some but for the most part I try to keep it as local as possible.

If you are wondering about just how 'good' certain charities are, I found this link that might be of some help:

http:// www. charitynavigator .org/
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Today's topic: What's your favorite thing about the Christmas holiday season?
(I have to admit that I got today and yesterday's topics reversed. Oops!)

When I was a kid, I *loved* the holidays because it meant NO SCHOOL!!! YAY!!!

I mean, seriously -- I did not enjoy school at. all. It also meant lots of baking and cooking with my mom and grandma (Mom's mother) -- the house always smelled wonderful. *happy sigh*

We usually had a lot of company back then too and I loved getting to see my cousins since many of them were my age. *wistful sigh* Those were good days.

But now I usually spend Christmas alone, except for my furkids and visiting & chatting online. I find it to be a time of reflection, and I try to listen to a variety of Christmas music, traditional and more modern.
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Today's topic: your favourite work of art (or one of your favourites):
I will try and choose art that is either painting, photography or sculpture, as opposed to books or films.

As for what I like, I tend to like things that are classic and perhaps easy on the eye, so that I can relax and enjoy it. If not that, then at least something I can identify with in some way. I don't like a lot of modern art, though I do like the "melting clocks" of Dali (iirc, that is) and the blue horses of Franz (?). I also think a lot of art needs to be seen "in person" if at all possible, for the simple fact that there is so much detail is missed by looking at a photograph.

Then again, photographs can be amazing when they are done right.

I've put a few of my favorites under the cut. They might be a little big though.

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