My father died on Imbolc. It was, in many ways, a perfect death. Surrounded by his son and daughter and wife, breath winding down until a final cessation. It was a death far more peaceful than maybe he actually deserved. Like all Bunch men, he was of Pictish stock and
As the Bubonic Plague rolled across China, the Middle East, Russia and Europe from the 14th to 17th centuries, it claimed an estimated 150 million lives, along with the title of deadliest epidemic in human history. Originating in China in the 1300s, it hitched a ride on the Silk Road
My fascination with body art began at an early age when I accidentally caught a glimpse of my grandfather’s well-hidden bicep tattoo. Aside from the elegant design — a Sassanid cataphract that had turned green from years of exposure to the elements — I was drawn to it because I
Deep in the valley of northwest Oregon in a particularly rainy March, a young woman gave birth to twin girls in her parent’s home. Within hours, one of the twins developed a breathing problem and died. Her parents never sought medical care for her. Now, they are being investigated for her
One of the things that boggles my mind looking at the reality that has forced itself upon us is that people still refer to the system in terms of “politics” and “politicians.” The people who have settled themselves uncomfortably into the U.S. administration (and behind the scenes into arguably all
The Pont-Saint-Esprit mass poisoning of 1951 confounded scientists and doctors alike for decades. At first blamed on ergot mold poisoning, almost 300 people who ate bread from a local bakery in the French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit were affected by hallucinations, insomnia and psychosis, resulting in 7 deaths and 50 asylum internments.