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Maid Marian

Maid Marian and Robin Hood were wed at St. Mary’s Church, Edwinstowe, Sherwood Forest around 1200 AD. She then became Lady Marian. She is said to be buried at the Little Dunmow Priory Church, Dunmow, Essex. (St. Mary’s has the steeple)

 

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Quick as Lightning

A friend of mine’s son-in-law took these photos with an iPhone June 2020 in Oldham County Kentucky. I would never be this lucky in a million years.

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Flying snakes!

Flying snakes are real! (this has nothing to with Snakes on a Plane!) Often called tree snakes or gliding snakes, they climb trees and  haunt the jungles of southeast Asia. The good news: They don’t fly, they flatten their bodies and float down from trees onto their prey, similar to a parachutist. The bad news: they are venomous. Happy hiking.

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Edwinstowe is an ancient (600 AD) town that is the gateway to Sherwood Forest. It is also the town where Robin Hood met Maid Marian around 1200 AD. They married in St. Mary’s–still standing in Edwinstowe. (that was one wedding I would like to have seen)

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Faeder – Anglo-Saxon: Leofric, Earl of Mercia and Lady Godiva—my great…great grandparents

Fader – Swiss German: Andrew William Greenfield—great, great grandfather

Athair – Gaelic: David Suddeth—8th great grandfather.

Nohsh – Mattaponi: Wahunsenaca, father of Pocahontas (said to be my  great…great grandfather)

Edoda ᎡᏙᏓ – Cherokee: Bill Pennington—great, great grandfather

Alas, I have no pics of these people. I do have a Pocahontas painting

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I want to salute all fathers. This includes stepfathers who often get ignored on this day. My hat off to all of you.

My father, Charles George Lawson Suddeth, was born in Indianapolis in 1928. He crossed the bridge in Jeffersonville Indiana in 2006. He is not forgotten.

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Today, June 20 is the Summer Solstice, Midsummer. The Anglo-Saxons called it Litha. In the British Isles, celebrations include bonfires and meals. Flowers and wreaths on doors. Gods—Lugh, Thor, and Cernunnos. Goddesses—Freya, Dianna. And watch where you step—fairies and elves are about this evening.

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Jubilee Day

AKA Juneteenth and several other names is June 19th, the celebration of slaves’ freedom during the Civil War. It has become a major holiday. The Works Progress Administration interviewed 2000 former slaves from 1936 to 1938 for the WPA Slave Narrative Collection. The interviews are available online. Photographs and oral interviews were made, though they are not all available online. I urge you to read about the slaves’ lives. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_Narrative_Collection

 

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Dawn is slipping under the clouds along the Ohio River at 12-mile Island, a few miles upriver from Louisville. 06182020 Eric Suddeth photo.

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Time is cruel

This is the site of an 80-acre farm that my grandfather, Lawrence Suddeth, moved to as a child about 1890. The cleared area is where the farm stood. This is near Marysville, Indiana, about 25 miles northeast of Louisville. As a child, Colonel Sanders (KFC) lived next door. His home is also gone. Only memories remain.

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