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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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I learned the moves but even as a kid, my memory failed me too often to be good at strategy. But boy, do I love the artwork of some of the gorgeous chess pieces I've seen over the years. Makes me wish I was good at it.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on Check-Mate! at Word Wenches
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which leaves to some lovely murder mysteries, too!
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2015 on Primogeniture at Word Wenches
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wow, that's a fabulous question! I'd never really thought about it. But there are various kinds of entails--some can descend through the female line if there are no direct male heirs. So it sounds as if this would be the case here. Entails aren't the same as the laws binding titles--they're legal documents that can be set up as necessary.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2015 on Primogeniture at Word Wenches
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Oh, the Hardwicke Act used to be one of my favorite obstacles for characters to overcome. But it doesn't affect the Regency era as much. Guardianship is another matter entirely--and it's great for obstacles and conflicts if you have younger characters. But sometimes, it requires an evil mind!
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2015 on Primogeniture at Word Wenches
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In the U.S., agricultural lands often went to the son who actually wanted them. Or if they were divided through inheritance, then the sons who didn't want them could sell to the ones who did. Of course, these days, no one wants to farm.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2015 on Primogeniture at Word Wenches
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Really, luckily for me, sometimes the law creates more conflict than it resolves! Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Word Wenches
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Precisely the arguments my scientific hero makes! And the reason astrology fell out of favor. But just because Cancer is now Gemini, does a change in name matter? What if it's the earth's position to the sun that matters most? And thorough astrologists take into account longitude and latitude at time of birth...there are dozens of reasons that might make a difference to personality. I don't know enough to argue.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2015 on Astrology vs Astronomy at Word Wenches
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cynic that I am, I can see traits that fit almost anyone under each sign. And then we throw in "You're different than your sun sign because you have this other planet rising" to cover all our bases. ;) But I still keep my mind open, just in case something falls into it!
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2015 on Astrology vs Astronomy at Word Wenches
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about as well as any surgery in the middle ages would be my guess!
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 on Astrology vs Astronomy at Word Wenches
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exactly. I won't allow my life to be driven by astrological theory any more than I'm going to believe quantum physics. But I'm keeping an eye on both.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 on Astrology vs Astronomy at Word Wenches
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I never discount or completely believe any theory until we have evidence. Open minds can more quickly grasp bits of knowledge and string them together than someone who refuses to believe because a book says so. And I laugh over the stock market theories as often as the newspaper's astrology predictions. Yeah, the market fell because a groundhog stuck its head in a hole...uh huh, totally buying that. ;)
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 on Astrology vs Astronomy at Word Wenches
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Humans have been fascinated with the stars since we gathered around the campfire chowing down on mammoth meat. We simply didn’t have the ability to record that fascination before the third millennium BC. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Word Wenches
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LOL, Mary Jo! I just did a makeover for my hero. The heroine's eyes nearly pop out when he finally uses a valet and cleans up. He'll not keep his coat buttoned or his neckcloth clean for long, but every once in a while, it's good to clean them up!
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2015 on Makeover Magic at Word Wenches
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I learned a great deal of this from my mother-in-law, who grew up in a poor rural KY village. Her pie crusts melted in the mouth. But since we don't work like farm hands anymore, I guess we don't deserve those luscious crusts!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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yes, I've had to study historical canning and our period is sadly lacking in safe methods that anyone could use. I hadn't though about salted/dried stuff needing sauces, but you're right. And by the end of the winter, cooks would be desperate to hide all those withered root veggies!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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the wenches were having this same discussion behind the scenes. It's not just romance. Mysteries are littered with people who eat nothing but snacks and think they're being cool. Although Jayne Krentz blessedly comes down on the sensible side. Really, is it heroic to eat junk?
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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ohhh, that sounds like heaven.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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yes, lack of refrigeration and modern grocery stores that could ship in produce from a different hemisphere and weather that only allowed certain crops would all limit the menu. I rather like the idea of meals consisting of tea and cake if only I wasn't so vain about my girlish figure!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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Jackie, that makes perfect sense. No good southern cook would explain how to fix green beans. They wouldn't even consider it a recipe.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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Human nature being what it is--since Regency diners had no notion of nutrition and calories--I suspect most of them went for fancy meat dishes and yummy desserts. There might be a selection of vegetables from the garden, but many of them would have been thrown in the sauces and soups. But a good cook might show off a special veggie recipe or salad dressing and a good guest would try it. I'm pretty sure we wouldn't see them gnoshing on celery and carrot sticks though!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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tomatoes were regarded as poison for so long that it might take a while to overcome that. And in season, yes, there should be variety. But in winter? (and if males ate then as many do now--it's all beef and potatoes)
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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scones, with Devonshire cream and jam!
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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I can’t say I was particularly successful in my search for small boy food (Bath Buns? Pudding sausages? What, no deep-fried donuts with ice cream filling?) but I did run across brilliant sites packed with disgusting recipes for old-fashioned “puddings” that mostly consisted of fat and hog intestines. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Word Wenches
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Have space heater...Haagen Daz, here I come! And the sun is shining to add to the illusion.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2015 on Happy New Year at Word Wenches
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I've always avoided ice cream in cold weather but I'm rather warming up to your idea!
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2014 on Happy New Year at Word Wenches
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