another glossary entry: natrolite

Just in case you were curious about this particular mineral, which makes a rather important appearance in The Black Pool . . . Natrolite: A zeolite mineral. This crystal, which is often white in color, can be found in locations in France, Russia, Ireland, and elsewhere.

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Valhalla glossary: the Moon Witch

(The series itself isn’t nearly as solemn as this definition might make it sound.) Moon Witch, The: Sally Dahl herself. The Moon Witch is mortal and is born into a family descended from Norse heritage. The Moon Witch surfaces every so many generations?generally, as the need for her services arises. The Moon Witch is not […]

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Valhalla: got Samhain?

Yes, we’re on the flip-side of the calendar for this one, but I have to say Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Samhain: The Pagan fire festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of both winter and the new year. Samhain is traditionally celebrated on October 31st (Halloween).

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Rathcrogan

I don’t promise to have a new glossary entry every day for the long haul, but we’re good for now. Rathcrogan: Located near Tulsk in County Roscommon in Ireland, Rathcrogran is a complex of archaeological sites associated with Cruachan, the traditional capital of the Connachta. Also, I’m pleased to report that I spent the weekend […]

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today’s glossary entry

Today’s new entry for the Valhalla series glossary is: Voodoo Doughnut: An independent chain of doughnut shops based in Portland, Oregon. Frequently featured on various travel programs, Voodoo Doughnut is a local favorite and is famed for its crazy-ass confections made from ingredients including jelly, bacon, candies, fruit, instant beverage powder, cookies, and breakfast cereals?but […]

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