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An Acquaintance with Darkness: 12/18/06
The American Civil War has been inspiration for a number of ghost stories, romances and mysteries but until An Acquaintance with Darkness, I can't recall reading a Gothic horror set in this era, especially one set in Washington D.C. Gothic horrors usually takes place in New England, the birthplace of the American version of the genre. Even Stephen King keeps up the tradition by setting most of his novels in or near Maine. When reading this political thriller about the assassination of Lincoln, I was a little put off by the inclusion of various Gothic elements (body snatching, night flowers, strange servants, etc.) into the story. In fact it was this waffling between genres (thriller and horror) that ultimately put me off the book completely. It could never settle on which genre it was and the two were never properly woven together into a coherent story.
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Gratitude #18: Treasure
I am grateful for the little things in life that can mean so much. For Sean, the little things are "treasure" and he's recently taken to collecting little bits and bobs (rocks, sparklies, beads, etc) and I've been finding his precious treasure everywhere. I finally decided that what he needed (what every good treasure seeker needs) was a treasure chest.
Our Saturday trip to Dublin centered around the search for both a chest and some treasure. We went to Michael's, source of all things treasure as far as Sean is concerned. He picked out a lovely balsa wood box and some stickers to use as decoration. I had thought he'd pick pirate stickers but he chose party stickers instead to make a very festive treasure chest. We also bought a new supply of treasure in the form of glass beads, sparklies and friendship beads.
After lunch and the run in with Isabel (who was "bossy like Misty is to Ash") we came home to decorate the box. Sean had a lovely time putting on the stickers and then carefully putting his treasure into his new chest. Now whenever he finds new treasure (or old treasure around the house) he knows to put it in his treasure chest. Steps: 5000