January 20, 2021 … another view

I was thinking numbers the other day. You know how it’s a new year or your birthday & you add up the numbers to see what kind of year it’s going to be for you? For instance, my birthday is May 19. So I would add 5+19+2021 to get 2045 & then I would add 2+4+5 to get 11, which I would interpret as a “Justice” year, since XI is Justice in my Tarot world.

So I was thinking, what’s our new president’s next four years going to be like? What do the numbers say? I added up the numbers! 1+20+2021=2042, which “reduces” to 8, which is Strength.


However, in some Tarot Decks, the number eight is “Justice”. This works too, for the Biden Administration (at least we’re hope so!)

(BTW, the numbers for the trump administration added up & reduced to 13 – DEATH. With the way the COVID-19 pandemic was handled, or not handled, I guess that was a true prediction).

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Sunday Sonnet

Today’s poem reminds me that I haven’t been on the subway since the beginning of the pandemic. I’ve only taken the bus three times since March. How life has changed!


Denby, Edwin. “The Subway”. The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. Edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland. NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. page 211.

Bookworm Wednesday

Not to deflect from the seriousness of the political situation unfolding daily in the United States or the ongoing health crisis with COVID-19 still raging, I want to start pulling a book (or a series of books) from my library & talk about how this book & the author of the book influenced my thinking & my writing.  In many cases, it was quite political without me even knowing it until I was much older!



Only a few of my books.


This is something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while – before I moved to this new place – but I was so depressed, I couldn’t get my shit together to start it.  & I couldn’t decide what day to post it.  Or what to call it.  Ya know – all the ways you procrastinate when you’re feeling down.

I used to own many more books.  Once I had over 2500 books.  Years of moving – sometimes every two or three months – putting books in storage & then not being able to retrieve them – giving books away to library book sales – & of course, loaning books to people & never getting them back – I have lost over three-quarters of my collection.  Many of the books I lost are now “collectibles” & very expensive.

This is also very depressing but I try to tell myself that “they’re only books”.

In the past few years, I have dedicated myself to rebuilding my collection as best I can.  In addition to regaining books I formerly owned, I am also collecting books that used to be in public libraries but are no longer on the shelves.  This includes books by authors like Eleanor Hibbert, better known by her nom de plumes, Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt & Philippa Carr.


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My Jean Plaidy/Victoria Holt novels


Right now, I am reading the Plantagenet Series by Jean Plaidy.  I grew up reading Jean Plaidy novels.  I’ve been reading them since the early 1970’s.  The I don’t remember reading the Plantagenet Series when they came out, because they were published in the later 1970’s into the 1980’s & by then I was into erotic novels & I wanted more bang for my buck, so to speak.  But I am quite enjoying them now.

I am currently reading the seventh novel in the series, The Hammer of the Scots, which is about Edward I.  If you have seen the movie “Braveheart”, then you know who this king is.  He’s the good guy in this version of the story.



Don’t you love this pulp fiction cover?


There are fifteen novels in this series, ending with the marriage of Henry Tudor & Margaret, Princess of York, thus the series seamlessly moves into Plaidy’s Tudor series.  In fact, this fifteenth novel of the Plantagenet series, “Uneasy Lies the Head” was renamed “To Hold the Crown” & marketed as the first novel of the Tudor series.  This happens all the time with Jean Plaidy novels & it’s easy to buy the same book with a different title.

Unlike other historical novelists, Plaidy sticks fairly close to the facts so reading her novels are a good way to learn as you are entertained.  & while she speaks of the erotic & the sensual, she’s never in bed with her characters.  She’s no prude but she’s no puritan, either.

With that, welcome to Bookworm Wednesday!

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I have been moving since last Friday.  I won’t be done until this coming Monday.   I never have had a move like this & of course it’s all because of the COVID-19 virus.  The movers I hired called me on Saturday & told me that they would be unable to move me because of the ban on non-essential businesses.  My son & I moved most of my things in his Pontiac Vibe … I own around 1000 books (maybe more) in 40 milk crates & various other boxes, as well as boxes filled with my diaries, poetry, & other writing.  I have a bad back; I hired movers for a reason.  However, we got most of it done.  There’s still a few things left at the old place.  & there’s the washer & dryer that needs to be moved.  I have the same landlord at the new place as the old place; he has found me a mover who will move my washer & dryer.   So hopefully, by this coming Monday, I will be completely moved in my new place & can unpack and settle in while “sheltering in place”.

The cats have been kinda freaked out but it’s not their first move, either.  They have been checking out the new kitchen cupboards before I fill them with the china.





all photographs © polly macdavid