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The book of Quintessence

October 22, 2011


Aqua vitae. The Essence of life. Its creation attributed to John of Rupescissa, a Russian monk given to alchemy, heretical prophecy and, not surprisingly, imprisonment. That his greatest alchemic prize should be eternal life, that this should be discovered during the middle ages, is of great note to someone embarking on the foothills of their […]


October 8, 2011


The swifts have gone. Those beautiful, sublime birds, totems of travel, depart the English autumn skies. The swifts marked our journey since spring. Now they are gone. At first, you do not want to believe it, their leaving. It is over a week since I caught sight of a swift, falling, low over the thatched […]