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Friday, April 4, 2014


From the daguerreotype taken at Mount Holyoke, December 1846 or early 1847.
"Attempt the impossible to improve your work."
- Bette Davis -- born of this date in 1908.

On this date in 1923, (just months after being involved in the discovery of the tomb of Turankhamen in Egypt, )

the 5th Earl of Carnarvon dies of a mysterious illness said to be the result of the mummy's curse.

Mi Amigos, beware.

We ride dangerous trails today.

THE STARS BLEED AT MIDNIGHT will tell more of the "truth" of the mummy's curse.  Not out yet.  Look for it. 

Until then, if Egypt and mysteries are to your liking. read DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE:

And speaking of books:

Just released!
In a world shattered by war, pollution, and disease, a lone scavenger discovers a priceless relic from the Old Times

Sean McLachlan has for FREE for the next 5 days

Now onward down my Outlaw Trail --

Hard trails sometimes make for pure souls:

On this day in 1928 Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, as Marguerite Johnson.

(We literary outlaws choose our own names, si?)

As George Elliot said (his The Mill on the Floss was published on this day in 1860):

"We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it."

Angelou has said that her remarkable and varied life — prostitute, dancer, actor, writer, activist, educator, academic — has been made possible

by a "remedy of hope" made from reading, courage, and "insouciance."

On this date in 1859, Charles Darwin sent to his publisher the first three chapters of ORIGIN OF SPECIES,

which laid out his radical evolutionary theory of natural selection:

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”
― Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82


On this date in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is shot to death by James Earl Ray at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

His assassination led to riots in more than 100 US cities

and a call from the United States President Lyndon Johnson for citizens to reject the blind violence that has taken Dr King who had lived by non-violence.

James Earl Ray was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be…
It’s the way it is…
The way we cope with it,
is what makes the difference.”
 -- Samuel McCord

And speaking of Grief,

D could stand for Dickinson -- Emily Dickinson:

"I measure every Grief I meet
With narrow, probing Eyes--
I wonder if It weighs like Mine--
Or has an Easier size.

I wonder if They bore it long--
Or did it just begin--
I could not tell the Date of Mine--
It feels so old a pain--

I wonder if it hurts to live--
And if They have to try--
And whether--could They choose between--
It would not be--to die--

I note that Some--gone patient long--
At length, renew their smile--
An imitation of a Light
That has so little Oil--"

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.”
― Emily Dickinson


  1. Hello, My friend. AS always your post is interesting! Just hopping by on my way around the many writers. God bless! Ruby

  2. Most people probably don't appreciate the complexity of your Challenge posts, but I know a lot of research went into each one.
    And thanks for the card! I'll be counting bunnies tonight instead of sheep.


  3. I wait with bated breath to hear that The Stars Bleed at Midnight is out. . . just so you know. While I'm trying to read Her Bones are in the Badlands between the A to Z Challenge.

    Love Sam's quote:

    Life is not the way it’s supposed to be…
    It’s the way it is…
    The way we cope with it,
    is what makes the difference.”
    -- Samuel McCord
    And love Bette Davis' insouciance. . .and Dickenson's excellent observations. I did go and download Sean's novelette, too. Have a fun day, Roland.

  4. Dang, sir. These posts are epic. Remind me to tip my space helmet when this challenge is over. :)

  5. Grammy!
    Good to see you here! I've missed you. Don't be a stranger.

    I'm glad you liked the surreal card of bunnies and one puzzled pooch. Thanks for the support. I was just on the verge of withdrawing from the Challenge even though I have all but 2 written -- better to have no one visit with no posts than no visit for one which I worked hard! :-)

    Except for Alex above, you would have had me blog-gone for April while I worked feverishly on STARS.

    I need to pay attention more to the advice of Sam McCord, bruised Ranger that he is.

    Trying to work with depleted physical reserves and writing is certainly making me vulnerable to depression. But The Father spared me from cancer -- so Poo On Me for whining, right?

    Bette was a hellcat but a smart one. I know Sean deeply appreciates you downloading his book! I do for him. :-)

  6. David:
    You and Alex kept me going in this challenge! Thanks for the needed boost. :-)

  7. Hi Roland .. surgery does take it out of you .. so no surprises there and you are working already ..

    But so pleased you're doing the Challenge and didn't pull out or not sign up ...

    I like Charles Darwin's words .. I too would have read more books - Hemingway's even! - and read poetry, then listened to some wondrous musical sound from all walks of life .. sought new painters .. and spent much more time with people and generally learning ..

    Cheers and I do 'love' Bette Davis .. she was raspy! Hilary

  8. Another brilliant post filled with gems and genius, Roland. King's words never fail to stop me in my tracks. Suddenly I'm mourning his loss—maybe I should say our loss—all over again.

    Interesting to think Darwin had regrets. I've got the music thing down. One day I will try poetry.

    VR Barkowski

  9. A historically dark day indeed. Leavened and lightened by the words and work of so many. So many who lived through dark days and embroidered the darkness into treasures for us to cherish.
    Another great post.

  10. Looking forward to your new book Roland!A lot of great info on the trail today. Always been fascinated by mummies :) Enjoyed your video as well.

  11. Like every thing you do, you do it to the best of your ability. Loving your A-Z post.

  12. Hilary:
    I would love to go to famous museums myself!! :-) I think Bette Davis would have been fun company if I didn't get on her bad side!

    I think every reflective mind has regrets. THE PATH NOT TAKEN and all that. That America had Martin Luther King at all was a blessing. Sigh.

    Elephant's Child:
    Each day mixes in the bitter with the sweet -- sometimes just keeping our noses above water is a challenge, right?

    If you like mummies, you will like DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE! Thanks for the kind words.

    Thanks for liking my posts. Hope you enjoyed CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER!

  13. Good human, Roland,

    My doggy brain has just read your very long, in-depth pawst. Some varied, on this day notations. D is for in-Depth and you Do it well, my human friend.

    Penny, the pawsitive host of the Alphabark Challenge, 2014!

  14. Penny:
    Thanks! I've been in the dog house so often, I think I am an official member of dogdom!

    I'm glad you found my pawst enjoyable!

  15. I love Emily Dickinson! She's my favorite poet. So D for Dickinson is my pick. ;) She could also be for E. :P

  16. Thanks, Chrys:
    What a lonely life she must have led but rich in her imagination. :-)