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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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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.
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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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the first celebration of January 1 as the new year (previously, most people used the winter solstice or March 1) was about 153 BC. January had only been around a few hundred years at that point, Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Word Wenches
LOL on the group pic! I think people would pay us not to show such a sight. ;) But I don't think writers, in general, completely grasp what effect our work has on others. It's the reason we blog and cruise social media and list our email addresses--so we can forge connections with our readers and reassure ourselves that we're not writing in a vacuum. Thank you for reminding us that we're not alone!
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We're always happy to be helpful! I'd just go for the great dessert myself.
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This is vaguely similar to my process except I'm not so organized as to finish anything in time for a conference! Taking that time away from the draft is just essential, isn't it?
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This month's cat out of the hat: What do the wenches do when we finish a book? Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Word Wenches
It has always been difficult to defend romance from a feminist standpoint, but I've never seen it as "Woman needs man to complete her life." I've always seen romance as "We all need love." So thank you for your more academic insights!
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2014 on Through the academic lens at Word Wenches
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