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  1. Thank you, my dear friend!
    I’m hard at work on Callie #2:
    “Always Going to Almack’s”

    It looks like our girl has gotten herself into another fix! Wonder how she’ll get out this time.

  2. Marian, I am posting a reply to your comment on my blog!
    Marian, is it [turtle, tortoise] your spirit totem?
    Am I making any sense to you? Or do I sound like I just went over the bend?
    Some people have totem animals.
    Some people have more than one.
    What do you think of all this?
    I am always curious about other ways of seeing things.
    love, jean –I will post this on your blog, too. xox

    • Posting my reply to your reply here and on my blog. 🙂

      Our #4 daughter claimed that my spirit animal was the giant land turtle because I’m so slowwwwwww.

      I love turtles, and always have. Turtles turn up in my stories now and then, and Tortoise, one of the Four Divine Animals of Chinese mythology, has a major role in my SAGE trilogy.

      So that’s me and turtles. 🙂

      By the way, folks, here is a link to Jean’s turtle post.
      Marian Allen would love to share..Pushing And ShovingMy Profile

  3. Marian, I am so excited that I don’t seem “crazy” to you. I love all cultures and also ancient myths and tales. I grew up “in my head”, reading. Whenever I traveled with my family, I would make a massive attempt to communicate with the people of each land we would visit in their native tongue. I felt compelled to reach out to them as I thought that I should, not as an American but as a guest in their country.
    As for Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, I would devour all the stories and myths and drag my family to the Metropolitan Museum in NYC over and over. I tried to teach myself heiroglyphics at age 11. I love the hanging gardens of Babylon.
    And the Libraries of..Chaldea? Hammurabi? Gettin old here.
    Where am I going with this?
    I most relate to the Native Americans (there were tribes where I grew up in Long Island) and have many relatives who ended up in New Mexico — from both sides of the family. Oddly, two of my cousins, from each side of the family are fluent in Japanese! One teaches it. They both live in NM!!!
    I have always thought that my spirit animal is the wolf. However, that turtle today came bearing a strong message for me. I heard it, loud and clear.

    That is me, born and raised a Roman Catholic, by my dear father, whose family was entirely of Scottish blood with a bit of Viking thrown in. I know completely that he and my son Robert, named for him, are in heaven.
    As for formal religion, I suppose I take what I want and leave the rest. love, jean. All roads lead to there.

    By the way I have found that you are very famous!!! Like TOTALLY!!! What are you doing hanging out with me? hahahah! xoxox!!! love you, Marian!!! Your books sound awesome! Completely!
    Jean Yates would love to share..What the Turtle totem means, Snappy’s back in townMy Profile

    • First, Jean, I’m not famous, no no no. Marion Zimmer Bradley is famous. People often think I’m she, since our first names sound the same and I’ve had some stories in her publications. I’m just me, and thrilled that a famous bead/blogger like you comes over to visit. 🙂

      Have you read Ursula K. LeGuin’s Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences? Great stuff! But of course it is: it’s LeGuin!

      I lived in my head a lot, too. Still do, I guess. lol
      Marian Allen would love to share..LeftundersMy Profile

    • Damyanti, Jane’s book is not just by a friend, it’s loads of fun! You really get a sense of what it might be like to be very, very old but strong and healthy and almost invulnerable.

      And I just love reading a book set somewhere I know. Or even somewhere I have a map of. #4 Daughter and I read AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS together when she was little, and followed the trip on her globe. ~grin~
      Marian Allen would love to share..LeftundersMy Profile

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