Month: October 2014


In honor of Halloween, today’s post is about…Hel. Hel (“hidden”) is the ruler of the Norse realm, Helheim. Helheim is the Norse underworld, the place where dead souls go. But, unlike the drinking and feasting and good times that the dead enjoy in Odin’s Valhalla, Helheim is a miserable, gloomy place. Helheim is reserved for …

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I Watch TV

“I don’t watch TV,” a woman said to me not long ago, a self-righteous tone in her voice. “Except Downton Abbey.” Wow. I didn’t know how to respond to this, other than a feeble, “I watch TV.” Of course, that got me wondering, why do people think that reading books is so much better for …

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