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Lost Words of Horror…

April 18, 2016
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eating babies

alogotrophy                        1753 -1853
excessive nutrition of part of body resulting in deformity
Was he born with that huge head, or is it the result of alogotrophy?

brephophagist                    1731 -1875
one who eats babies
The character Fat Bastard is a disgustingly obese Scottish brephophagist.

deartuate                            1623 -1653
to dismember
He cunningly hoped that if he deartuated the body, he could hide it in the hole.

magistricide                        1670 -1670
the killing or killer of a teacher or master
While many have considered magistricide, few are bold or wicked enough to do so.

magophony                            1711 -1711
massacre of magi or priests
The acts of magophony that accompany religious intolerance are simply unacceptable.

mancation                              1727 -1727
maiming; mutilation
The general would suffer no mancation or execution of fallen enemy troops.

modernicide                         1774 -1774
killing or killer of modern people
While the Luddites were radical traditionalists, they never engaged in modernicide.

occaecation                           1608 -1691
the act of blinding
After his occaecation, he was unable to enjoy simple pleasures such as reading.

thysiastery                             1657 -1657
sacrificial altar
They laid the babe upon the thysiastery with his mother’s willing consent.

My sentence:

As the prosecution relayed the alogotrophy affected man’s actions in court, several women fainted. The evidence showed his use of a thysiastery to practice modernicide and subsequent brephophagist, after deartuating his victims. The only wirness had escaped after being subjected to occaecation by the defendant. Several others charges included magistricide and magphony.

Remember to drop by http://phrontistery.info/clw.html for more fascinating words.

 

Writing Prompt Contest – Aliens…

April 16, 2016
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Aliens

Join in and enter for the quarterly prize for the top voted response to these weekly prompts – so make sure you comment below to enter the contest. 1000 word maximum.

Also I need your help with this: We have three entries that require your votes: Stone Car Prompt

The concrete holds me to the road
As I take the curve into the rain
It’s not the destination but the mode
Let go the nerves and go again.

Can our stories written deep in stone
Change despite apparent plan?
All life’s paths go same direction
Can’t change the fates – no one can.    by Wildhorse

***

What difference does perception make?
Parked here, alone but not beside
the road. Enfolded in leaves and green.
Can I be heard?

I shouldn’t be. Let me be clear:
I’m a car made from stones, scraps of metal, used tires.
That’s no metaphor. That’s what I am.
Literally.

And yet—there’s a consciousness in things
Inanimate. Like the other day.
A boy came out to this place in the woods.
He sat down across from me.

I can’t move, of course.
But he can and he came out to me.
And in his mind, a story formed
Of how I came to be—stuck here

By some unseen hand.
Is that not existence? A man made me.
And this boy saw me. Does it matter that
I can’t see him, feel him, hear him?

What difference does perception make?   By Eric James-Olson

***

“I don’t know about this, man.”

“Trust me, Benny. The cops will never spot it this way. We’ll just leave the loot in the car. Give it a couple of days and we can dig it out and drive into the night.” By ColdhandBoyack

 Please vote so I can allot a prize for the winner! Thank you

Alternative Living -Community-Supported Farms…

April 13, 2016
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Community-Supported-Agriculture-button

A community-supported agriculture group (CSA for short) is an association of people who pledge to support local farms and share the risks and benefits of food production. The growers and consumers share the produce once it is harvested after investing at the beginning of the year. Some CSA’s also provide products such as eggs, fruit, flowers, honey, and meat. The subscription costs vary and a portion may even be in lieu of labor contributions. The term CSA is mainly used in Canada and US but there are other subsystems worldwide.

 

Biodynamic agriculture was formulated in Europe by Rudolf Steiner in the 1980’s. The system was brought to the US from Germany by Jan Vander Tuin from Switzerland and Trauger Groh in the mid-1980’s. Vander Tuin and associates formed the CSA Garden at Great Barrington in Massachusetts and The Temple-Wilton Community Farm in New Hampshire was created by Trauger Groh and his group.

However, an earlier system was created in the 1960’s Dr. Booker T. Whatley, a professor of agriculture in Alabama called the Clientele Membership Club. There also existed in Japan a similar model called a teiki in the 1970’s.

csa-boxes

Today there are some 13,000 CSA farms in north America, mainly in the  upper-Midwest, the Pacific coast, New England, the Northwest, and Canada.Their popularity is in direct correlation with environmental awareness as well as urban projects to grow food in cities for the homeless and disadvantaged residents. One such project is the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, which is spread across all five boroughs. The largest CSA is the Farm Fresh to You in Capay valley, California which supports 13,000 families. The oldest (17 years in 2012) is the Quebec CSA network.

This unique non-profit system provides finance to the farmers for improvements and new infrastructure as well as technical support and guaranteed customers. With involvement and funding from the consumers and stakeholders, it is a stronger consumer-producer relationship.Thus ensuring the quality of product and reduction of food waste.

 

 

Although each CSA has its own unique structure and marketing strategies the core ideology is the same shared funding and shared risk. Any surplus produce is sold at farmers markets, to local restaurants, on-farm retail and natural food stores. Unsold produce is sometimes given to local food banks.

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Have you experienced or worked with a CSA system in your area?

 

Lost Words of Independance…

April 11, 2016
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travel

I thought it was apt to follow on from my Wednesday blog concerning roaming or traveling with these great lost words.

apanthropinization                         1880 -1880
withdrawal from human concerns or the human world
His life as a hermit in the woods was characterized by apanthropinization.

assectation                                        1656 -1656
act of following after something else
She stood in the on-deck circle, her assectation virtually guaranteed.

autexousious                                    1678 -1678
exercising or possessing free will
If we are truly autexousious, then why do we so often feel powerless?

auturgy                                              1651 -1656
self-action; independent activity
The film director’s legendary auturgy frustrated editors and producers alike.

xenization                                      1818 -1818
fact of travelling as a stranger
This period of youthful xenization was the source of his later cultural tolerance.

My sentence:

An urge for auturgy and to assestation, such as her wanderlust, meant xenization would give Tania, the opportunity to exercise her autexousious and apanthropinization. Living  on her own terms not those of society.

Why not give it a try?

Don’t forget to pop over to the site where I get these words from – http://phrontistery.info/clw.html

Writing Prompt Contest – Keys…

April 9, 2016
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keys

Join in and enter for the quarterly prize for the top voted response to these weekly prompts – so make sure you comment below to enter the contest. 1000 word maximum.

I am obviously not allowed to enter my own contest but wanted to share my short story that this image inspired. Yes I have a strange mind, what can I say?

Her hand trembled, hesitant to pick up a key. If it were the wrong one, she would be held hostage for another month. Her hand hovered over the tabletop covered in keys. Ever shape and size, old and new, which one would release her?

“Hurry up and take one. I don’t have all day.”

She turned to see him glaring at her the knife in his right hand and the end of the chain in the other. With a silent pray she took one key and gave it to him. He bent down to insert it into the padlock. She willed it to fit with all her might.

There was a click. The padlock sprung open. I’m free? Please let me be free. Is it a trick?

“Well, there’s a surprise, you found the right one.”

He pulled at the chain making her stumble and kneel at his feet.  She held her breath waiting for some sort of punishment but he unlinked the chain from the padlock and pulled it away from her ankles.

“Go on then, run.”

Her dazed mind held her still for a moment. He pushed her towards the door. The sunlight was bright, the air fresh. She looked up to see acres of forest before her.

“Find your way and no telling or I’ll bring you back.”

She ran, stumbling over tree roots and rocks. Freedom. She was on her way home. The bullet struck the back of her head. No more fear, no more pain. He dragged the body to the pit and kicked it into the depths.

He would drive eastward tomorrow and pick up another hitchhiker. 

Now you write one! Have fun with it.

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