Donut. Doughnut.
An old-fashioned, plain word.
Not a big-word.
Easy to spell, one way or another.
Reasonably-priced, that word.
Sweet. 

My favorite: sugar inside and out.

My favorite: sugar inside and out.

Doughnuts are usually deep fried from a flour dough
The two most common types are the ring doughnut/donut and the filled doughnut/donut, which is injected with fruit preserves, cream, custard, or other sweet fillings.
Doughnut/donut varieties are also divided into cake (including the old-fashioned) and yeast-risen type doughnuts. 

May not be my favorite but I wouldn’t toss it off the tray.

May not be my favorite but I wouldn’t toss it off the tray.

A doughnut/donut is a type of fried dough confection or most deliciously eaten for breakfast.
In common usage.
So not an uppity word.
A working girl’s word.
Police use the word.
Not a word used in fancier places.

Once fried, doughnuts/donuts may be glazed with a sugar icing, spread with icing or chocolate on top, or topped with powdered sugar or sprinkles or fruit.
Other shapes include balls, flattened spheres, twists.

Doughnuts are often accompanied by coffee purchased at the doughnut/donut shop.

I buy four jam-filled donuts at a time.
Take them home and cut them in half.
Then, separating them with hamburger-patty paper, I put them in a plastic bag.
I take one half out the night before and allow it to defrost in its own plastic bag.
While I brew my coffee I slide the donut into the broiler oven and toast it for ninety seconds.

I love the assault of the sugar on my still-drowsy brain; the surge of cholesterol-laden fat.
The caffeine does its best work surrounded by so much activity.

Donuts.
MMmmM!

 

272 posts to date. Today we’re at the 5.44% mark of my commitment, the commitment a different way of marking the passage of time,  in my case, 13.69-year calendar that will take me to a new phase of my life. What’s to follow that is too distant from today with too many variables to make planning for that next phase of my life feasible.  Rather than focus day-by-day for the countdown, let’s think of it as having about 120 segments, for example, seasons or parts of a season.. So for this segment we are counting down our personal winter calendar. For me, Valentine’s Day marks the end of winter; the start of a transitional season. For me, winter is forty-three days starting Jan 2 and ending Feb 13. Forty-three days, a single segment of the posting commitment of 13 years. One of about 120 similar segments.  120.  Not nearly as daunting as 5,000.  Tick Tock. In clock language: Enjoy today.

272 posts to date.
Today we’re at the 5.44% mark of my commitment,
the commitment a different way of marking the passage of time,
in my case, 13.69-year calendar that will take me to a new phase of my life.
What’s to follow that is too distant from today with too many variables to make planning for that next phase of my life feasible.

Rather than focus day-by-day for the countdown, let’s think of it as having about 120 segments, for example, seasons or parts of a season..
So for this segment we are counting down our personal winter calendar.
For me, Valentine’s Day marks the end of winter; the start of a transitional season.
For me, winter is forty-three days starting Jan 2 and ending Feb 13.
Forty-three days, a single segment of the posting commitment of 13 years.
One of about 120 similar segments.

120.
Not nearly as daunting as 5,000.

Tick Tock.
In clock language: Enjoy today.

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Tagging Today
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
My 272nd consecutive posting, committed to 5,000.
Time is 12.01am.
On Wednesday, Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 47*.
It’ll stay cloudy but no precipitation.

Dinner is Roast Chicken with a curry-saffron sauce with a handful of fresh basil.







 








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Question of the Day:
What is necronmancy?

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Love your notes.
Contact me @ domcapossela@hotmail.com

From Tommie Toner
Re: The rise of spontaneity impairs the holiday season while the unpredictability of the winter enhances that season.

We could never live together!
Haha!
I would drive you crazy!
Spontaneity is my middle name.
I am organized underneath it all, but it doesn't appear that way! I do love to do things not always planned - it is adventurous to me. . . .like your buying the wine at Soda City .   . . 
And we were freezing!
But it was such fun - your getting into it! 

Web Meister Responds: I do wish I could be more spontaneous. I like to say that my experience has taught me that spontaneity and surprises more often than not hurt.

Mel Brooks’ acting ensemble did well for him.

Mel Brooks’ acting ensemble did well for him.

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Movies

The most amusing movie of all time dealing with necromancy is, of course, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy horror film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein, and Peter Boyle as the monster.

The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn, and Gene Hackman. The screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks.

Many memorable moments, like the classic line delivered by Igor, the hunchback, “Walk this way,” Dr. Frankenstein then mimicking Igor’s walk. Marty Feldman terrific as Igor.

Many memorable moments, like the classic line delivered by Igor, the hunchback, “Walk this way,” Dr. Frankenstein then mimicking Igor’s walk.
Marty Feldman terrific as Igor.

The film is a parody of the classic horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein produced by Universal Pictures in the 1930s.
Much of the lab equipment used as props was created by Kenneth Strickfaden for the 1931 film Frankenstein.
To help evoke the atmosphere of the earlier films, Brooks shot the picture entirely in black and white, a rarity in the 1970s, and employed 1930s' style opening credits and scene transitions such as iris outs, wipes, and fades to black.
The film also features a period score by Brooks' longtime composer John Morris.

A critical favorite and box office smash, Young Frankenstein ranks No. 28 on Total Film magazine's readers' "List of the 50 Greatest Comedy Films of All Time",[6] No. 56 on Bravo TV's list of the "100 Funniest Movies",[7] and No. 13 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 funniest American movies.[8] In 2003, it was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the United States National Film Preservation Board, and selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry. It was later adapted by Brooks and Thomas Meehan as a stage musical.

On its 40th anniversary, Brooks considered it by far his finest (although not his funniest) film as a writer-director.

Illustration portraying a scene from the Bible wherein the Witch of Endor uses a necromantic ritual to conjure the spirit of Samuel at the behest of Saul  from the frontispiece of Sadducismus Triumphatus (1681) by Joseph Glanvill.  William Faithorne or his sonne William Faithorne the Younger - English Wikipedia [1]

Illustration portraying a scene from the Bible wherein the Witch of Endor uses a necromantic ritual to conjure the spirit of Samuel at the behest of Saul

from the frontispiece of Sadducismus Triumphatus (1681) by Joseph Glanvill.

William Faithorne or his sonne William Faithorne the Younger - English Wikipedia [1]

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Answer to Question:

What is necronmancy?
Necromancy is a practice of magic involving communication with the dead – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge, to bring someone back from the dead, or to use the dead as a weapon, as the term may sometimes be used in a more general sense to refer to black magic or witchcraft.
In the present day, necromancy is more generally used as a term to describe the pretense of manipulation of death and the dead, often facilitated through the use of ritual magic or some other kind of occult ceremony.

Contemporary séances, channeling and Spiritualism verge on necromancy when supposedly invoked spirits are asked to reveal future events or secret information.

Necromancy may also be presented as sciomancy, a branch of theurgic magic.

As to the practice of necromancy having endured in one form or another throughout the millennia, An Encyclopædia of Occultism states:

"Edward Kelly, a Magician. in the Act of invoking the Spirit of a Deceased Person."  Engraving of occultists John Dee and Edward Kelley "in the act of invoking the spirit of a deceased person"; from Astrology (1806) by Ebenezer Sibly.  engraved by Ames of Bristol (according to Fincham, Artists and engravers of British and American book plates, 1897), original drawing by Sibly - Astrology, A New and Complete Illustration of the Occult Sciences by Ebenezer Sibly, M.D. F.R.H.S., Embellished with Curious Copper-Plates, London, 1806. Immediate source: fromoldbooks.org

"Edward Kelly, a Magician. in the Act of invoking the Spirit of a Deceased Person."

Engraving of occultists John Dee and Edward Kelley "in the act of invoking the spirit of a deceased person"; from Astrology (1806) by Ebenezer Sibly.

engraved by Ames of Bristol (according to Fincham, Artists and engravers of British and American book plates, 1897), original drawing by Sibly - Astrology, A New and Complete Illustration of the Occult Sciences by Ebenezer Sibly, M.D. F.R.H.S., Embellished with Curious Copper-Plates, London, 1806. Immediate source: fromoldbooks.org

The art is of almost universal usage.
Considerable difference of opinion exists among modern adepts as to the exact methods to be properly pursued in the necromantic art, and it must be borne in mind that necromancy, which in the Middle Ages was called sorcery, shades into modern spiritualistic practice.
There is no doubt, however, that necromancy is the touch-stone of occultism, for if, after careful preparation the adept can carry through to a successful issue, the raising of the soul from the other world, he has proved the value of his art.



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Tolkien uses the dead to do good.

The Army of the Dead in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.  The Dead Men of Dunharrow (also referred as the Shadow Host, the Grey Host, the oathbreakers, or simply the Dead) are fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium.  They appear in The Lord of the Rings as Men of the White Mountains (Ered Nimrais), who were cursed to remain in Middle-earth by Isildur after they abandoned their oath to aid him in the War of the Last Alliance.  They were formerly known as the Men of the Mountains, and they were related to the Dunlendings.

The Army of the Dead in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The Dead Men of Dunharrow (also referred as the Shadow Host, the Grey Host, the oathbreakers, or simply the Dead) are fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium.
They appear in The Lord of the Rings as Men of the White Mountains (Ered Nimrais), who were cursed to remain in Middle-earth by Isildur after they abandoned their oath to aid him in the War of the Last Alliance.
They were formerly known as the Men of the Mountains, and they were related to the Dunlendings.

The Dead Men of Dunharrow (also referred as the Shadow Host, the Grey Host, the oathbreakers, or simply the Dead) are fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium.
They appear in The Lord of the Rings as Men of the White Mountains who were cursed to remain in Middle-earth by Isildur after they abandoned their oath to aid him in the War of the Last Alliance.
They were formerly known as the Men of the Mountains, and they were related to the Dunlendings.

The Dead Men of Dunharrow follow Aragorn into battle and defeat the evil enemies.
Aragorn proclaims their oaths fulfilled and releases them from their curse.

The Barrow-wights were shape-shifting beings of darkness, similar in circumstance to Wraiths, who dwelt in dark places of Eriador such as the Barrow-downs. The characteristic of shape-shifter gave Barrow-wights the ability to reanimate whatever life-form they wished. The ones which attacked the four Hobbits reanimated the corpses of the Kings of the Barrows.

The Barrow-wights were shape-shifting beings of darkness, similar in circumstance to Wraiths, who dwelt in dark places of Eriador such as the Barrow-downs. The characteristic of shape-shifter gave Barrow-wights the ability to reanimate whatever life-form they wished. The ones which attacked the four Hobbits reanimated the corpses of the Kings of the Barrows.

But he also uses others of them to do evil, as in The Barrow-wight chant:

"Cold be hand and heart and bone
and cold be sleep under stone
never more to wake on stony bed
never, till the Sun fails and the Moon is dead
In the black wind the stars shall die
and still be gold here let them lie
till the Dark Lord lifts his hand over dead sea and withered land."

 


Gypsies fortune telling. Facsimile of a woodcut in the "Cosmographie Universelle" of Sebastian Münster: in folio, Basel, 1552  Project Gutenberg text 10940

Gypsies fortune telling. Facsimile of a woodcut in the "Cosmographie Universelle" of Sebastian Münster: in folio, Basel, 1552

Project Gutenberg text 10940

Divination is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual.
Used in various forms throughout history, diviners ascertain their interpretations of how a querent should proceed by reading signs, events, or omens, or through alleged contact with a supernatural agency.
Divination can be seen as a systematic method with which to organize what appear to be disjointed, random facets of existence such that they provide insight into a problem at hand.
Particular divination methods vary by culture and religion.


If a distinction is to be made between divination and fortune-telling, divination has a more formal or ritualistic element and often contains a more social character, usually in a religious context, as seen in traditional African medicine.
Fortune-telling, on the other hand, is a more everyday practice for personal purposes.

I have a hooded cape in here. Black, of course. I sometimes throw it on. I can read. The cards. Love doing it by candlelight. Holding your hand. Sliding my gentle fingers over your lines. Connecting. Saying things.

I have a hooded cape in here.
Black, of course.
I sometimes throw it on.
I can read.
The cards.
Love doing it by candlelight.
Holding your hand.
Sliding my gentle fingers over your lines.
Connecting.
Saying things.

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Good morning on this Wednesday, January 9th.
We heard a rhapsody to doughnuts [donuts?] and looked at the winter calendar.
Tommie Toner sent a note on spontaneity and we looked at Young Frankenstein.
We read up on necromancy and included the Lord of the Rings’ uses of the same, illustrating this with the Men of Dunharrow, good guys, and the Barrow Wights, bad guys.
We ended with a look at Divination.

Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?

See you soon.

Love

Dom