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Andrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott
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Ha, ha! Maybe Cordelia will try to run a math algorithm to solve it. But that's already been tried! I agree with you that it's good to have unsolved mysteries to tickle our fancies!
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That's a great unsolved mystery, Jane! I think we all want to know the truth about the princes. And delving into geneaology mysteries is very fun and rewarding.
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Funny you should mention Discovery of Witches! Deborah Harkness wrote an essay for the facsimile edition that Yale published of the Voynich Manuscript. She's well aware of it! As for Hoffa, I think most people believe he's under the cement of some building foundation . . .
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Glad you enjoyed it, Cindy!
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Annette. those both really thoughtful musings. Courage is such an intangible—especially moral courage . . .and I'm in awe of people have it in the face overwhelming odds. Thanks heavens those select do. The Voynich art really is fascinating, and clearly of someone who had an inner vision. We just don't know what it was!
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That's a very good point, Julia. Or maybe it's just crazy ramblings!
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Glad you enjoyed the post, Mary!
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Quantum, yes, is "the Self" really ist he ultimate mystery, isn't it? (And certainly the question of "God" and whether there is some identifiable entity.) Scientific and cosmological mysteries are, as you say, very different from man-made one. And there are so many that boggle our minds. What is Time, Space . . . really fascinating stuff.
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Pamela, what a wonderful choice of historical sleuthing! I can imagine how interesting and rewarding it is to figure out family connections throughout history! And love the finding of names for heroes/heroines!
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Ha, ha, Sue. it's way beyond ANYONE's skills! I agree, puzzles should be fun, not torture! The Voynich Manuscript is so weird, one does wonder whether it was created by someone a little off the normal spectrum. It seems like a very private fantasy world and language,
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Those are great unsolved mystery suggestions, Kareni! OMG, literary mysteries opens a whole realm of possibilities!
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Ha, ha! I think you're. I still vote for a very early hippie stoned on LSD! (There some fungus on wheat that caused crazy hallucinations during medieval times, so it's possible!
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Ooo, that's a great historical mystery to solve! I'm happy to travel with you to southern Italy and explore rivers . . .while eating pasta and drinking wine!
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Andrea here, musing about . . . mysteries. I’m in the beginning stages of plotting my next Wrexford & Sloane mystery, and starting a new story always makes me reflect on conundrums and why the urge to solve them seems to be coded in our DNA. Whether it’s finding the perpetrator of a crime, learning the identity of a nameless portrait or cracking a code, we seem to driven by a certain primal curiosity to find answers . . . Now it so happens that I was recently chatting with some librarians and the subject of bibliographic mysteries came up.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Word Wenches
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Oh, Annette, the spun sugar flowers sound amazing! He's definitely invited to give a talk spun sugar in the Prince Regent's kitchen!
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Count me in on the trip to Knossos and a chat with the Snake Goddess. Like Indiana Jones, I'm not a big fan of snakes . . .but I'll make an exception to hear the Snake Goddess explain about history . . .maybe I'll bring Indiana as my bodyguard, just in case!
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Oh, (fluttery sigh) I'm signing up for that panel. (And claim a seat next to him at the non-caloric meals!)
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That's a VERY funny story, Eugenia! Sounds like granny Jane was testing the mettle of the beaus!
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Oh, Vicki, how fun that you actually have smelling salts! That's very cool. I've really enjoyed all the stories, too. I confess, I hadn't realized I was in such good company! But I guess it's not as weird as I had first thought. Ear piercing could definitely bring on a swoon. Needles AND a hole into your flesh! Accck! The up and down fainting is definitely blood pressure stuff. I occasionally get light-headed if I jump up from a chair, haven't fainted. Yet!
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Thanks, Michelle. I, too, was amazed when I did research and discovered how beautiful the vinaigrette are. I pictured most glass bottles, too. I think fainting from pain is a slightly different physical reaction than fainting from stress or shock. But both are frightening. Ouch on the injured collarbone. And it's hard to keep still, so I can imagine how long it took to heal.
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Jane, I'm like you in that I still hate shots, but I've gotten better about controlling my reaction to them. Haven't fainted in years . . .but probably because I insist on lying down and closing my eyes. LOL on the big men fainting. We've had several accounts of that here. I think it would be very endearing to have a hero faint. (Will keep that in mind for a future book!)
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Annette, so glad you found this interesting. Other people I know have fainted at training film for teen drivers! Low blood pressure is very common cause of fainting if you get up fast. I love your description of why your eyeballs might be close to the floor! Ha, ha!
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So glad you enjoyed it, Alina. I guess everybody has a different, and very personal, Vegal Reaction. (Including nothing at all!) It seems like you have a mild reaction, while your Grandmother had a more severe one. It's so interesting to hear how we all react!
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That's true. I think we all focusing on the trope of the heroine being laced way too tightly—which I'm sure happened more than was comfortable! Alas, are too often ruled by fashion-—too-high-heels, bustles, and all the silly things that made moving and breathing difficult.
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Oh, I had totally forgotten about that! Barbara writes such wonderful Regencies, with very endearing and quirky characters.
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