small wonder that spell means both

Small wonder that spell means both a story told, and a formula of power over living men. From “On Fairy-Stories” by J. R. R. Tolkien. Note (from Online Etymology Dictionary) in Old English “spell” meant: “story, saying, tale, history, narrative, fable; discourse, command.” The meaning of “a set of words with supposed magical or occultContinue reading “small wonder that spell means both”

bless each apple by kind

A Charm Against the Language of Politics by Veronica Patterson Say over and over the names of things, the clean nouns: weeping birch, bloodstone, tanager, Banshee damask rose. Read field guides, atlases, gravestones. At the store, bless each apple by kind: McIntosh, Winesap, Delicious, Jonathan. Enunciate the vegetables and herbs: okra, calendula. Go deeper intoContinue reading “bless each apple by kind”