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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Land

It has been a long, looong week for me, and it is only Tuesday, gosh darn it! Whoever claimed that working from home is so much easier than working at work just plain lied! I am Zoomed out. After hours upon hours of back-to-back online meetings, my brain has turned to mush. I just can’t think straight!

Which is really too bad, because with my cognitive abilities zonked there really is just no way that I will be able to string two or more coherent thoughts together to write something original for Week 17’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge.

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Joan of Acre

On this day, 23 April 1307, Joan of Acre passed away in Suffolk, England. (She was my 22nd and two-times 23rd great-grandmother through her daughter Eleanor de Clare, my 22nd great-grandmother through her daughter Margaret de Clare, my 23rd and 24th great-grandmother through her daughter Elizabeth de Clare, and my 23rd great-grandmother through her son Thomas de Monthermer.)

Joan, the daughter of Edward I “Longshanks” and Eleanor of Castile, was born in 1272. Joan was eighth of 15 or 16 children of the couple (sources vary; two were unnamed). Although at the time of her birth, only brother Henry (born 6 May 1268) and sister Eleanor (born 18 June 1269) were still alive.

At the time of Joan’s birth, her parents were on a crusade in Acre in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. It was the ninth and final crusade to the Holy Land. Edward was the commander of the English troop, arriving in Acre in May 1271.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Air

For four months now, I have been participating in the 2020 edition of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. It has been both a challenge and a blessing. Some writing prompts have been harder than others: this week’s challenge has been one of the easier ones: Air.

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Book Review: Out of the Embers

First, before I delve into my book review, I want to dive into my past for a moment.

Have you ever felt that sickening sensation that someone is watching you?  Growing up, for more than a year, every time I rode my bike down one road not far from my house, I got the weird feeling that someone was watching me. It gave me the heebie-geebies…

On a separate issue, a few days ago, I posted a story about three family members who were adversely impacted by fire…

By now, you are probably asking yourself, why is she bringing up past memories and fires in the family tree in a book review? Here’s why…

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Fire

It is Week 15 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt is Fire.

Nearly every human culture/religion has a god/goddess of fire. Ancient Egyptians had Ra and Sekhmet, the Romans had Vulcan, and the Greeks had Hephaestus. Agni is the Hindu god of fire, while the Celt god Áed’s name literally means “fire.” In Oceanic mythologies, the fire gods/goddesses include Gedi (Fijian), Pele (Hawaiian), Auahitūroa (Māori), and Ti’iti’i, (Samoan). While Native American nations have  Xiuhtecuhtli (Aztec), Huracán (Mayan), Haashchʼééshzhiní (Navajo), Kananeski Anayehi (Cherokee),

Then, there was Prometheus, a Titan who defied the Greek gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity. The fire that Prometheus bestowed upon humanity has been both a blessing and a curse. Without fire, humanity would not have been able to advance, and civilization as we know it would not have come into being. But fire is also the great destroyer, and lives have been lost because of its flames.

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