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Marian Latin Hymns, on Amazon
May is the month of Motherhood, Earthly and DivineMay, the month of the fullness of spring, has always been associated with motherhood. The month itself is named for the Greek goddess Maia, mother of Hermes, who was later linked to Bona Dea (the good goddess) Roman goddess of fertility. Bona Dea's festival was held in May.
As often happens, new converts to Christianity who held reverence for the goddess transferred their practices to the obvious Christian cognate - Mary, the mother of Jesus. Where may celebrations had previously honored fertility goddesses, they gradually began to honor Mary instead. By the 13th century the Church began to officially encourage this by dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Today is also the day that the Orthodox Church celebrates Easter, so a Happy Easter again to all of us.
April in ReviewFor easy reference, here are our books reviewed, and historical dates noted, and all the other stuff. Enjoy!
Book ReviewsThe Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland
Underlake by Kia Heavey
The Income Tax: Root of All Evil by Frank Chodorov
Tampa Star by T.S.O'Neil
Pretty Little Creatures by Vince Milam
Historical MomentsApril 3, 1783: Washington Irving was born
April 9, 1942: The Bataan Death March Begins
April 12, 2016: RIP Maj. Jesse Baltazar, Bataan Death March Survivor
April 17, 1937: Daffy Duck Debuts
April 24, 1990: Hubble Space Telescope Launched
Couch Potato and Other ViewingCouch Potato: TWD Season Finale
Couch Potato: Seasons 2 of FTWD and Outlander, plus Wolf Hall & Mortdecai
Couch Potato: FTWD 2.2, The Good Dinosaur, In The Heart of The Sea
Couch Potato: FTWD 2.3 and Some Doctor Who Thoughts
Lists and Other Items of InterestGuns, Knives, Bare Hands: Books about Close Combat
Blog Updates, a Poll, and Free Books!
List updates, Forthcoming Books, and Bonus Free Mystery
Favorite Mainstream Conservative Fiction Writers
Reader Suggestions: Fixer Upper memoir, Marcia Clark new series
Gift Idea: Fire TV Stick
Gift Idea: Kindle E-Reader and Fire Tablet
On to May!