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Not so innocent nursery rhymes. *evil laugh* June 9, 2010

Filed under: books,life,Random Box — christaholley @ 11:33 pm
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Okay so, I started writing a ghost story a few days ago, and I needed a nursery rhyme. Naturally, Ring around the rosy came to mind. We use to sing in Elementary, never knew what it meant but we knew to fall at the end. So, I decide to look of the meaning behind one of America’s favorite nursery rhymes.

“Ring around the Rosy

Pocket full of Posy

Ashes, Ashes,

We all Fall Down”

Just another innocent and meaningless rhyme? It depends on your definition of innocence, for this song was born during a time so terrible it constituted a loss of innocence for the whole of Europe.

It is quite old… in fact it is more than five centuries old. But even though it is ancient, the origin of this song can be pinpointed very precisely within a 3 year period: 1347 – 1350.

Between these three years, fully one third of Europe’s population is estimated to have perished in what was called

The Black Plague

Children are resilient and ever adaptable. Imagine the children of the day, coping with the horror… and you can imagine the games they would play…

Ring around the Rosy

One of the first visible signs of infection were red rings surrounding a rosy bump, all over the victim’s body.

Pocket full of Posy

A common belief of the time was that the plague was borne on “foul air.” The rationale was that people could protect themselves from the bad air by keeping their local air smelling sweet. That, and it also helped them deal with the smell of death…

On the other hand, another sign of infection was the foul stench that would begin to emanate from the victim’s body as their lymph system began filling with blood. Those still mobile endeavored to mask their stench and avoid detection by carrying flowers on their person.

Ashes, Ashes,

In the terminal phases of the disease, victims would be hemorrhaging internally, sometimes triggering sneezing as it irritated the breathing passages. “Ashes” is a child’s approximation of a paroxysm of sneezing. In this weakened state, a victim could, and often did, sneeze their lungs out.

We all Fall Down

By now, this one should need little explanation…

See, this also got me thinking about another nursery rhyme. I know people use to sing rock a bye baby. If your parents didn’t sing it to you then, girls I know at least sung this rhyme to their dolls at least once.

“Rock a bye baby – in the tree top…”

A soothing childhood lullaby, right? You probably had it sung to you when you were an infant.
(But what’s a cradle doing in a tree top? Is that safe?)

“When the wind blows – the cradle will rock…”

Heck, you probably sang it to your siblings, dolls, or your own children.
(A rocking cradle, nice soothing image.)

“When the bough breaks – the cradle will fall…”

But did you ever listen to the words?
(When the bough breaks!? Hey, wait a minute! This is getting serious!)

“And down will come baby – cradle and all!”

What exactly is it we are supposed to be teaching our children with this little gem of a song? Doesn’t it seem a bit strange to plant such images subconsciously?
(And they wonder why kids have nightmares…)

If this interested you at all, I strongly suggest that you look up some of the songs that were sung to you as a child, you might be surprise at the meaning behind most of them. I was.

 

Uneventful. May 5, 2010

Filed under: books,life,Random Box,Uncategorized,writing — christaholley @ 1:08 am
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Lately my life has been wake up, go to class then head to another class, go home and study. I’m so sick of studying for finals I could throw all of my books out the window light them up and dance around the fire I made from them.

I can dream.

Whenever I can I try to do some editing on my novel, Autumn’s Beginning. It’s the first on I’ve completely finished and I’m just praying it isn’t to long or if it is that it is good enough to be that long. I’m nervous but I have made up my mind to send it in once I finish it. =) It would be the coolest thing if I actually got published and someone read my stories. We shall see.

I also started on the sequel to it, and the title is still in the works like the story. I love my characters and the plot that is beginning to take shape now I all I have to do is weave and bind it all together. Lucky me.

My family thinks I’ve gone completely insane because if I’m not studying I’m bent over my computer typing away and editing, I haven’t picked up a book for entertainment in. . . I don’t know how long. I don’t like reading and writing at the same time, it kind of throws me off and I don’t know why.

 

This Made me smile

Filed under: books,Random Box — christaholley @ 1:00 am
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This might come as a bit of a surprise but I am addicted to everything supernatural and paranormal, one of my favorite authors of all times has a blog which I read diligently, almost as much as I read my text books. . . on occasions more. I love Ilona Andrews and the Kate Daniels series, I would kill to get my hands on a copy of the fourth edition coming out on the twenty fifth but I’ll just have to wait like everyone else.

*sigh*

I am a woman obsessed. I was reading her blog a few moments ago and fell off my bed I was laughing so hard. It earned me a few “Has she gone crazy looks” from my friends but I didn’t care, it made my day and now I would like to share.

 

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/2010/05/04/phhhhttthhh/#comments

 

Part One: the book list February 23, 2010

Filed under: books — christaholley @ 3:49 am
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I have nothing to write about except that it was suppose to snow today and I haven’t seen a flake of anything so far. I decided to start posting list of my to read books. Some are out some are coming soon. Some are young adult others are urban and some are fantasy all seem interesting in summary. I have some historical fiction and just plain fiction. This is part one. I’ll leave it to you to pick out a book you like.

Queene of Light (Lightworld/Darkworld, #1) Armintrout, Jennifer 0778326624

Fairy Tale (Hardcover) Balog, Cyn 0385737068

Raised by Wolves (Hardcover) Barnes, Jennifer Lynn 1606840592

Rocky Mountain Oasis (Paperback) Bonner, Lynnette 1602902143 

The Karma Club (Hardcover) Brody, Jessica 0374339791

Hunted (Paperback) Browne, N.M. 1582349037

Naamah’s Curse (Hardcover) Carey, Jacqueline 0446198056

Magic Under Glass (Paperback) Dolamore, Jaclyn 1408802120

In a Heartbeat (Hardcover) Ellsworth, Loretta 0802720684

A Disobedient Girl: A Novel (Hardcover) Freeman, Ru 1439101957

His Invisible Wife (Urban Soul) Goss, Shelia M. 159983085X

Runemarks (Hardcover) Harris, Joanne 0375844449

The Star of Kazan (Paperback) Ibbotson, Eva 0142405825

Folly (Library Binding) Jocelyn, Marthe 0385907311

The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3) Kagawa, Julie

The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2) Kagawa, Julie

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) Larsson, Stieg 0307454541

Love, Lies and Texas Dips (The Debs, #2) McBride, Susan 0385735200

Dark Flame (The Immortals, #4) Noel, Alyson 0312590970

Radiance (The Immortals Spin-off #1) Noel, Alyson

Birthmarked (Hardcover) O’Brien, Caragh M. 1596435690

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart (Paperback) Patillo, Beth 0824947932

Siren (Hardcover) Rayburn, Tricia 1606840746

The Lovely Bones. Movie Tie-In (Perfect Paperback) Sebold, Alice 0316189413

Dear John (Hardcover) Sparks, Nicholas 0446528056

Trick of the Light (Trickster, #1) Thurman, Rob 0451462882

My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, Prequel) Vincent, Rachel

She’s No Faerie Princess (The Others, Book 2) Warren, Christine 0312347766

Except the Queen (Hardcover) Yolen, Jane 0451462734