Saturday, June 29, 2013

I've been Tagged!

Thank you, Alice, at [Alice Lost & The Monster Brigade] for tagging me! I'm glad to have another excuse to post!

  • Thank the person who tagged you for this challenge and post a link to their blog. 
  • Tag 5 blogs with less than 200 followers. 
  • Wish them to tag more bloggers to help keep this thing going! 
5 Things You Need Everyday
  1. Although I don't get one everyday, I usually need a nap everyday.
  2. I need some creative or reflective alone time in which I can read, write, and think. 
  3. I need some time to listen to music. Usually this is in the car.
  4. Breakfast! I don't do well skipping that (unless I wake up at lunch time).
  5. A little time on the internet.
5 Books You Would Recommend 
  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. It's a novel that deals with themes of fate, growth, and personal struggles. The characters are so real, and you won't want to stop reading once you start.
  2. The Monk by Matthew Lewis. This is an early Gothic novel that confronts religious hypocrisy and the pitfalls of pride, set during the Spanish Inquisition. It incorporates folklore as well.
  3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It's sort of an unconventional bildungsroman. It's exciting and tragic at the same time, and it is a shocking piece of literature to some.
  4. Dracula by Bram Stoker. It's a classic good versus evil epistolary narrative filled with folklore and vibrant characters. 
  5. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides is an excellent contemporary novel surrounding the suicides of one family's daughters.
5 Materialistic Wishes For Christmas Presents
  1. Some more scented candles and incense.
  2. Maybe a CD or two. Astronomica from The Changelings is on my list.
  3. A Beatrix Potter story collection that I used to read as a child.
  4. A New mattress. 
  5. Perhaps a funky pair of Thai or Palazzo pants.
5 Places You Wish To Visit
  1. Peru. I've thought about doing Peace Corps here. I would love to hike the Andes, visit Machu Pichu, swim in Lake Titicaca, and experience the rich culture.
  2. London. I've been wanting to go here for a very long time. I've had a few opportunities, but they've never worked out. 
  3. Edinburgh. I would love to visit Greyfriars Cemetery and the Edinburgh vaults.
  4. Iceland. The landscape is incredibly majestic with volcanoes, glaciers, and aurora borealis.
  5. Romania. Ever since reading Dracula, this country is on my list of places. 
5 Adjectives That Describe You
  1. Ambitious
  2. Quirky
  3. Insightful
  4. Compassionate
  5. Genuine
5 Things You'd Say to People About Life
  1. Life is going to have hardship and struggles, but there is always something good to emerge from something bad.
  2. Don't place too much value on material objects. Experiences, friendships, and loved ones sweeten life and make it something worth living. 
  3. You can have an affect on every person with whom you come into contact, so make it positive. Who knows, the stranger next to you might need a smile or a simple "Hello."
  4. Live so that when people remember you after you die, they will think of you fondly. 
  5. Don't let anyone tell you who you are or what you are supposed to do. It may take some time to figure out, but you are the only one who can know these answers. Trust your intuition.
People Tagged

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Goblins and Hobgoblins

Toby and Goblins from Labyrinth
While thumbing through a copy of Fate Magazine, an article about goblins caught my eye. Goblins are legendary creatures that come in many shapes and sizes. Generally, Goblins are said to be small and ugly, noisy, and have a bit of a mean streak. They are known for their compulsive cleaning, mischievousness, greediness, and occasional baby-stealing (Labyrinth)

The Gringott's Goblin
Christina Rosetti wrote a poem called, "Goblin Market" Here's an excerpt:

Laugh’d every goblin
When they spied her peeping:
Came towards her hobbling,
Flying, running, leaping,
Puffing and blowing,
Chuckling, clapping, crowing,
Clucking and gobbling,
Mopping and mowing,
Full of airs and graces,
Pulling wry faces,
Demure grimaces,
Cat-like and rat-like,
Ratel- and wombat-like,
Snail-paced in a hurry,
Parrot-voiced and whistler,
Helter skelter, hurry skurry,
Chattering like magpies,
Fluttering like pigeons,
Gliding like fishes,—

[Here] is a link to her full poem.

Hobgoblins are very similar to goblins, except they hop around on one leg (from some sources), and they have a nicer demeanor. Hobgoblins are fond of pulling pranks and performing small household chores. Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream is a famous example of a hobgoblin.

Spiderwick Chronicles
Now that you are probably more familiar with these creatures after reading this, try leaving out a bowl of milk and some food-- maybe even small clothes. You might just attract a goblin or hobgoblin, but more than likely, this will merely get the attention of the local cats and raccoons.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Decatur Cemetery

Established in 1823, Decatur Cemetery is older than the city of Atlanta itself.  Through the iron gates sprawled pathways lined by stone walls and oak trees. There were monuments of varying sizes and shapes, some worn and peppered with lichen. 

 Within the cemetery, there are a few mysterious letterbox locations. Letterboxing is a past time similar to geocaching. Participants use riddles to find hidden boxes. Inside the box is a pad of paper that is stamped and dated by the finders. My boyfriend and I trekked through the cemetery to find the hidden boxes. We managed to find one of the three, which was soaked with water. Although we didn't find all, our cemetery exploration proved successful.

soaked letterbox, hiding under the tree trunk.

Thomas Holley Chivers
Upon research, I found that Decatur Cemetery is home to a man named Thomas Holley Chivers. Chivers was a Medical Doctor who became a poet, achieving mild fame at the time. He is famous for his friendship and correspondence with Edgar Allan Poe. Poe even called Chivers "one of the best and one of the worst poets in America." Poetry of Chivers often had dark themes with religious overtones. He felt that poetry was a divine gift. If you'd care to read some of Chiver's works, check out his [poemhunter page].