A girl only sixteen years old,
(Is this not something supernatural?)
who notices little the arms she bears
for she has been brought up for this,
so strong and resolute and natural.
And not one of her enemies can stand up to her
and instead they flee before her and run.… Read more
Joan: I heard voices telling me what to do. They come from God.
Robert: They come from your imagination.
Joan: Of course. That is how the messages of God come to us.
—George Bernard Shaw,
Saint Joan (1923)… Read more
I made a Joan of Arc podcast.
On a day when I was still reeling from having to ‘clean up’ a website job for a customer that hadn’t exactly gone according to plan. Then I looked at the clock: Two hours left before having to pick up Jay from daycare.
I felt numb, unable to find out how to Quickly Do All The Personal Things I Had Been Missing Out On Doing these past weeks, and which I had looked forward to getting started on yesterday!… Read more
Doing a podcast about Joan of Arc.
Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I don’t really have the time to do this regularly – not by a longshot. But it felt really good to do just a little bit to start it.
I mean, it just feels wonderful to be reminded that how much energy I get from reading and thinking about Joan of Arc.… Read more
I remember once a baby had been killed in car crash near my home. I went to the crossing where it had happened. I was drawn there. It felt so … unjust. That this child had been killed like that.
Some drunk assholes were speeding all through our city. Then they hit the car in front of them.… Read more
Been a long time since I thought about Joan of Arc.
But now I think I might go back to her, in an upcoming role-playing game (historical) with my good friends. And maybe I will also try to sell my old live-talk about her once again.
I’m fascinated by Joan, but not so much because of her ‘divine inspiration’ but rather because of the way she embodied, I think, being both human and ‘inspired’.… Read more
Char was ill from some breast-infection-like state but became better. I felt strung out even so and a bit on the verge of stress.
For I was trying to prepare for next week in my mind – work and baptism – while taking care of both her and Jay and all practical house-stuff.… Read more
Today Jay was feeling bad and cried a lot, and we were both tired and didn’t get much done aside from necessities. Still, I can’t help thinking how privileged we are compared to Alex Selkirk and other people of the early 18th century – even if such a thought reeks of cliche.… Read more
A good day, work-wise, when I earned my first dollars since late June. But my head was not that much in it.
I wasn’t distracted by the pouring summer rain and thunder as much as all the things I wanted to do and had to do, aside from work. Jay’s baptism is one thing, but the ‘Real Robinson Crusoe’-talk is another.… Read more
It’s two years ago this summer that I did a great interview, under another pen name, with Kathryn Warner about her king Edward II of England-bio.
I thought I was going to do a history blog about fascinating persons, like the ones I gave live talks about. I failed in doing that blog – as so many others – and closed it down.… Read more
I’ve been thinking more and more about using July for prepping my next historical live-talk about the real Robinson Crusoe – Scottish sailor, Alexander Selkirk. That’s going to be the deal, more or less, but the truth is … if I had all the time in the world, I would like to do several of those talks, about historical persons who fascinate me.… Read more
I did a live-talk I did today about Columbus.
Been doing those for over 3 years now, about Joan of Arc, queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, CC and an Inca princess. Fascinating historical persons. Distant mirrors.
Also good to get out and earn money, even if it is just a couple of hours, entertaining some sleepy pensioners.… Read more