It’s A Labor Day Sale


No, really, it is– low priced books, get ‘em while they’re cheap!

Originally posted on According To Hoyt:

Yes, there will be a real post and also stuff for the subscribers in a couple of hours.  yesterday turned out… interesting… but for today, if  you’re contemplating a Staycation for Labor Day you should know that there is a Labor Day sale, so you can go somewhere in your mind at a price you can afford.

I’ve also got all my Musketeer Mysteries on sale.  The first is 99c, the others are 2.99 and I have all five out again — I need to finish the sixth.

A Touch of Night is also on sale, as are the books of several frequent fliers at ATH: Kate Paulk, Amanda Green, Cedar SandersonAlma Boykin, Cyn Bagley, S. J. Chase  and others, including my son Robert A. Hoyt.  For the full sweets counter sale listing, go to: THE GREAT LABOR DAY SALE!

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That’s One Hardcore Apple

Originally posted on Aliens in This World:

Okay, it’s time to lay off the jokes about Apple for at least one week. They have at least one employee who is a bonafide hero.

During the same cowardly attack that killed Major General Harold Greene, an unnamed US reservist wearing body armor jumped in front of a UK colonel who wasn’t wearing any, and then returned fire with both rifle and pistol. Three shots were stopped by his body armor, but he was hit twice in the legs and once in the shoulder.

And yeah, his real job is as a customer service manager for Apple, out in Cupertino on their main “campus,” but he’s done three tours.

UPDATE: The original story about this actually came out August 12, based on the casualty report, and was reported by the Washington Post and other US sources. But I hadn’t seen it before today.

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Cool Sword Channels on YouTube


Realized that some folks AREN’T already following Medieval Otaku’s blog, so I might want to spread this around a bit– he found a bunch of cool youtube sword channels, like it says on the tin….

Originally posted on Medieval Otaku:

As you know from my handle and previous posts–especially this one, I’m fascinated by medieval swordplay.  I’ve discovered several great channels on YouTube by enthusiasts of Historical European Martial Arts and figured that I should share the best of them here.  Some of my dear readers are no doubt curious what the difference is between real Medieval swordplay and what Hollywood portrays.  Medieval swordsmanship had been been lost until people in the latter half of the twentieth century began to try to reconstruct medieval swordsmanship from old manuals and the ergonomics of the weapons and armor.  There is a particular degree of ignorance in the study of the long sword and other weapons–as Skallagrim admits here; but one of the virtues of this community of enthusiasts is that they correct each others’ misconceptions.  You may watch this video where Skallagrim points out some errors in a…

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Our Lady and the Founding of Modern Greece

Originally posted on Aliens in This World:

Here’s another famous story I’ve never heard before!

In the early 1820’s, Greece was trying to break away from the Ottoman Empire and various European powers, and become an independent nation again. (We don’t hear much about this, except Byron’s involvement in the fight.)

In 1821 in Tinos, a gardener started having dreams that Mary wanted him to go dig up an ancient icon of her, which was buried in a local landowner’s field. He dug around a bit and found nothing. Then in 1822, a Greek Orthodox nun named Sister Pelayia (Pelagia) also had dreams, on three consecutive Sundays in July, also asking her to dig up the icon in that same field. Sister Pelayia told her Mother Superior, who told the local bishop, who decided they needed to scale this thing up and dig up the whole field.

So he got together all the people who wanted…

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Some “Activist” Nuns Do Good Stuff

Originally posted on Aliens in This World:

Usually, I’m not in favor of religious doing activism. The idea is supposed to be that religious, priests, and deacons prod the local lay community into doing stuff, and support them in a background way once they get going. The real job is supposed to be charity, not holding signs.

OTOH, it would seem that Sister Christine Frost, MBE, a Catholic sister from the Jesuit-related order* of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, does seem to do some good works for UK poor people living in those creepy public housing developments in London. Her main job is a friendship and help charity called Neighbours in Poplar, doing things like running lunches and bingo entertainment for the elderly. The charity serves people of all faiths, although it’s run out of a community center that used to be the East India Company’s Anglican chapel. She’s been at this for over…

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