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win_20160611_16_08_19_pro-2The Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for “elders,” and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or “young people” (Fasti VI.88).

So, I guess this means that the month of MAY is for us “Old people” to enjoy.  Ha ha.

Several great motion picture soundtracks come to mind when I think of the highly delicate nature opf May doing its delicate bal;ancing act between winter and summer.

Here’s one: The Lost World from The Lost World by the great composer John Williams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaKnvOW5wqA

“Mayovka”, in the context of the late Russian Empire, was a picnic in the countryside or in a park in the early days of May, hence the name. Eventually, “mayovka” (specifically, “proletarian mayovka”) came to mean an illegal celebration of May 1 by revolutionary public, typically presented as an innocent picnic.

  • May’s birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.
  • The May birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monoImage resultgyna.[3] It is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States, but has been naturalized throughout the temperate climactic world.
  • The “mayflower” Epigaea repens is a North American harbinger of May, and the floral emblem of both Nova Scotia and Massachusetts. Its native range extends from Newfoundland south to Florida, west to Kentucky in the southern range, and to Northwest Territories in the north.
  • The zodiac signs for the month of May are Taurus (until May 20) and Gemini (May 21 onwards). 

    Having a late winter here in high Rockies, it’s the 35-50 mph windgusts that is keeping temperatures in the frigid 50’s right through May 1st. They have a saying about the weather here, if you don;t like it- wait 15-minutes…. it will change. I have seen it rain on the South side of the street here and sunny on the North side of the street. I have seen quadruple rainbows here, a rare sight indeed. Springtime in the Rockies anything is possible. 

    Spring 2017 finds me busy and well reworking book covers, doing final edit on several novels and rewriting others. All of my ebooks will be available on Amazon and my paperbacks through Ingram orderable through the last remaining book chain Barnes & Nobles. I was browsing BARNES the other day, the store I wrote KOR and NPJBD and came across the Kindle section now being replaced by Samsung tablets. Sad… that the ebook reader didn;t catch on. BORDERS BOOKS did not have an ebook reader which is why their doors closed. I am hoping BARNES will be able to keep its doors open past 2017. I love bookstores, I think of them as libraries for purchase. It’s not the same world that all of our once-upon-a-time bookchains like WALDEN, B. DALTON, Kroch’s and Brentano’s  BORDERS, have all closed. Buying online simply does not allow you to immerse yourself in an atmosphere of books and book merchandising products. I love the Oh, The Places You Will Go coffee mug. 

    So…. new and reworked book covers by Kilburn Hall. 

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    May…. the CUBS are in first place defending their WS title of 2016. Mother’s Day is coming up. Having lost my mom in 2008, please…. remember mom this year. It’s a fallibility that we humans take life for granted. We ass-u-me that the people in our lives will always be there…… they won’t. I lost a family friend in April. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-elgin-domschke-st-0411-20170410-story.html


    The 8 books librarians can’t stop talking about right now

    If you’re an aficionado of author Michael Connelly, you will want to know that Titus Welliver is back and in top form as dectective Harry Bosch in season 3 of Amazon Prime series Bosch. Connelly is a co-director for season 3 which makes this a MUST WATCH for Connelly fans. If you like Michael Connelly’s Bosch series, look forward to my new series The Killing of a Robin, Nothing Personal-Just Business Darling and Rule 666 very soon. http://ew.com/tv/2017/03/02/bosch-season-3-trailer/

    New Bond author has license to thrill.

    The tale, which pits 007 against an assassin out to reshape what Britain is and its place in the world, is different from Bond’s past exploits in comics; rather than unfolding over the course of several issues, the story is told as a self-contained, 48-page one-shot. CBR spoke with Gillen about the challenge of telling a Bond story in such a concise format, the book’s meditation on Britain and its history, and the real world museum that will serve as a backdrop for “Service’s” action set pieces.

    Alan Moore Advises New Writers to Self-Publish Because Big Publishers Suck

    Jeff Goldblum returns to ‘Jurassic Park,’ joins ‘Jurassic World’ sequel

    My mentor Michael Crichton would be gratified. Has it been nearly 20-years???

    Enjoy the month of May and the flowers and we’ll see you in June. In the meantime follow me on my Facebook, Twitter page,  and here at my author website.