Christmas and Saturnalia

Christmas and Saturnalia

Well, the shepherds were not likely out in the fields watching sheep on December 25. That may be true. But when the Christians were presenting the religion to the Romans, they adopted Saturnalia as the day to honor the birth of Christ.  Why Saturnalia? It was the...
Celtic influences on Christmas traditions and roots

Celtic influences on Christmas traditions and roots

Borrowing from Irish Central, I have learned about how the Celtic people have influenced our Christmas ho Christmas has become so universal that we almost certainly forget its roots. Yet many of the holiday’s ritual are centered deep in old Irish and Celtic...
The art of Historical Fiction

The art of Historical Fiction

Like painting, writing is an art. Learned art. Learned by play, by rewrite, by frustration. However, it is what keeps us drawing and writing. An artist learns to mix colors, first possibly by wanting a blue, and then realizes it’s not right. So, they add white; it’s...
Working With Slaves

Working With Slaves

I do not condone slavery in any of its insults to humanity. But slavery is a fact of history and I, a writer of Ancient Rome, must deal with it. In fact, use it. It is a fact of life to, at least, make it as acceptable as possible. My characters do not insult them...