She was a queen at 18, the richest woman in the world, lover of Julius Caesar, and Marc Antony, the most famous woman of the Greco-Roman era — and yet almost everything we know about her is wrong. How sad is that?
She was not a promiscuous seductress. She had sex with two men and bore children to both. She didn’t kill herself by the bite of an asp hidden in a basket of figs. That’s a dramatization. She poisoned herself to avoid being taken prisoner of war and paraded through the streets in chains.
She was the queen of…
Any? I’ve earned that much, but I’d only need one hand to count them — and I’d have fingers left. lol.
I’m asking because if you’re a writer — you could win $2000.
For writing a poem. It doesn’t even have to rhyme.
Freestyle is fine. Who can’t write freestyle?
The word count is super flexible. Submissions must be between 100 and 2,000 words. So, whether you favor long or short form, you’re good!
Honestly — how often do you write 100 (or 1200) words for peanuts?
Plus — you don’t have to be the shiny, mc-smarty-pants super-star that beats…
The woman was seeing lions and monkeys in her house. But that wasn’t the worst. She was disoriented and aggressive.
That wasn’t the worst, either.
The worst was that she thought her husband was an imposter. Like one of those body snatchers. She’d scream over and over that it’s not her husband. It made her hysterical, seeing that imposter.
He didn’t know how to handle that.
Neither did the doctors.
I don’t know what I would do if a family member was doing that. Screaming that I’m an imposter. Day after day until I was half insane myself.
I’ve been watching people on Facebook, Twitter, Medium and the news talk about getting their vaccines. So many reactions. Relief, mostly.
Some people even cried with the sheer relief.
Like they could finally breathe again after being on edge for so long. Too long. A year of worrying, masking, distancing. Am I safe? Is my family safe? Are my kids safe? Do I really need to go to the store or can we make do?
Getting that vaccine felt like a light at the end of the tunnel.
That’s what a lot of people said.
So when I got the…
Benjamin Franklin had a funny story about his first marriage prospect. The girl’s parents openly encouraged then to fool around. They’d invite him over and put the two of them in the parlor. Alone. Wink, wink.
In the Victorian era, when parents peeked in the parlor, it wasn’t to make sure the kids were behaving. It was hoping they weren’t. High five if there was groping going on. Petting in the parlour led to marriage.
Whew, that’s one daughter provided for.
If you were young and unmarried, your marriage prospects were the young men and women your family knew. Trust…
It was supposed to be a joke. That’s what Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer said about inventing Dogecoin back in 2013.
They were both software engineers. Markus was working for IBM and Palmer for Adobe when they created the cryptocurrency. They built it in just a few hours. For the lolz.
One day, I saw a woman collapse at the mall. It was before the plague and masks and social distancing, when people went shopping together and laughed, carefree. Remember then?
One minute she was walking beside her daughter, and the next minute she crumpled and fell. Like someone pulled the bottom card out of a house of cards and it silently tumbled. She didn’t even thump. She just sank.
I froze, heart in my throat.
Her daughter made a strangled little sound and dropped to the floor on her knees by her Mom.
People started yelling for help. Is there…
That’s how I felt when I read that Joe Biden was served porn and erotica on Medium and even Medium staff couldn’t make it stop. Hahahah. Clear your reading history, Joe!!! Hahaha. I was right. Homepage is broken!
But wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll come back to that.
Medium has never been big on transparency. And honestly, that’s their prerogative. Ev’s prerogative. He doesn’t have to tell us squat. Especially since he’s funding this puppy out of his own pocket. But I’m doing it again.
This post isn’t about slamming Medium. I like Medium. I like…
Have you ever woke up as tired as you went to bed?
Years ago, when my daughter was little, our cat brought me a present. Cats do that, apparently, if they’re allowed outside and if they love you very much. The chivalrous little darlings bring you presents. Gross presents.
Usually, the present is almost dead. Not quite. But almost. The cat did the hard work and now it’s letting you finish it off. Because it loves you.
It’s quite an honor. If you’re a cat.
Not so much if you’re a human.
If you can imagine that scene (and I…
Alessandro Tomasi is an Italian-Lebanese artist and student from Florence, Italy. Last year, he started reconstructing the faces of historical figures from stone statues. Turning stone into flesh and blood, basically.
He started the project as a reaction to inaccurate portraits he was seeing.
“I decided to start doing these reconstructions after coming across other reconstructions on the internet, which have obviously been done by people with absolutely no knowledge about genetics or history.”
Tomasi says he researches the not only the person, but also the genealogy of the historical figure he is reconstructing.