Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Shopping

Venturing out in the cold of a Chicago winter, the lovely Lady D and I traveled to the heart of Chicago's downtown to Daley Plaza and the Christkindlmarket for some trinket shopping and fun.
Browsing the shops, talking to other patrons and feeling the bustle of the city made an atmosphere of holiday excitement, uplifting  joy and an appetite.
So we cruised the food vendors- an assortment of German/European delights from sausages to bakery items and nuts. After a brief lunch, we topped it off with a mug of hot wine to insulate us from the cold blast of winds off the lake and continued our shopping till departing back to our humble estate.    

Christkindlmarket is an annual event in Chicago running from November 26 thru December 24.
Inspired by the Chistkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany,  Chicago's version opened in 1996 and has grown to the largest Christmas market in the United States hosting vendors from Germany, Austria, the Ukraine, and locals, selling toys, ornaments, Christmas decorations, meats, bakery goods, beer, and wine.



A festive flair in the heart of the city with Christmas choirs, dance groups, brass bands, and carriage rides, along with the local Chicagoans, such as, the street musicians or the "pigeon Lady" who will give you seed to feed these feathered friends.




Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Promo

Don't miss my new promotion for my novella--The Patsy running from December 2-9 on amazon.com/Kindle.  So, download a copy, pass it around and feel free to write a review or post me a comment. Enjoy the read.

http://www.amazon.com/Wayne-Adam/e/B009CXKJKM

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Don't Fear The Reaper

Every culture has different views on dying, from going to an afterlife to a spiritual resting place, like heaven. Whatever your beliefs, there is a time of death for every living thing. Fear or not fearing death is always a personal matter. For me, I choose not to fear cause I believe in the afterlife for I am Druid. So what is your choice?

I only bring this up because I listened to Blue Oyster Cult's-- Don't Fear the Reaper, a great song with a message. Enjoy.



Friday, August 9, 2013

Medieval Lovers

The new issue(#92) of Renaissance Magazine is now on newsstands, which includes my article on Medieval Lovers, here's an excerpt:


Ferdinand & Isbella
Considered the "Catholic Monarchs" of Spain, they united
Castile and Aragon; this duo completed the reconquista by
defeating the last Moorish holdout of Granada, overcame a
civil war, sponsored the voyages of Columbus, expelled the
Jews, and commenced the Spanish Inquisition.

Get it now and enjoy the read!









 
  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Renaissance is Back!

Upon the Summer Solstice, we enter the light half of the year, when the Sun gods rule and Mother Earth shows her colorful arrays, when rebirth of the spirit is soaring and growing of crops are in full swing--it's a time of rejoicing
 and here in the Mid-West it's the start of this year's Renaissance Faires!

So, back to the Bristol Ren Fest will probably be in order and possibly the Ohio Ren Fest as well, of course you never know how Ren crazy I'll get and where I will end up,  but I shall see how Summer progresses.

For all of you who read this blog, I offer some inspiration to attend the Ren fest of your choosing this year by posting my poem which originally was published in Renaissance Magazine, Issue # 67--Huzzah!!



Invitation to the Faire
By Wayne Adam
 
Will you go milady,
To the faire on this fine day?
The sky is jeweled blue,
Birds float on breeze,
Cicadas sing a chorus—
Will you go with me?
 
Milord, I cannot go,
There’s just too much to do
My duties need attending—
Instead of spending time with you

Milady, reconsider. 

We’ll shop through the market,
 You can look and compare,
 I’ll buy you a trinket—
 Jewelry to wear

 Milord, I cannot go,
There’s just too much to do
What would people say of me—
Spending time with you

 Milady, we’ll have folly,
See a joust or two,
Drink sweet mead,
Take a walk—
I will sing for you

 Milord, I cannot go,
There’s just too much to do
What would people say of me—
Taking walks with you.

Milady, reconsider. 

We’ll rest upon the hillside,
I’ll tassel with your hair,
You can lie beside me,
As twilight sets upon the faire

 Milord, I am flattered
 But there’s just so much to do
Although, the day is perfect,
For mead and walking too

But my duties need attention
What will people say?
You and me at the faire—
Well, maybe just today

 

 



Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Patsy

What would the fourth of July be without a sale. So to keep with this tradition I've reduced the price of my novella,
The Patsy.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009B1GQCU

Happy summer reading and have an awesome 4th of July everyone!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013

Today is Earth Day and the color of the day is Green. A day of environmental awareness, to remember and enjoy nature, Mother Earth and the animals that co-exist with us.

Earth Day to some is just another day in their life and don't realize the full meaning, hence, here are some facts of Earth Day.

Earth Day evolved in the 1960's, a time were we questioned just about everything in our society. a time of self exploration, different ideas from the norm and an openness to other cultures.

 Senator Gaylord Nelson was the creator of Earth Day. At a Seattle conference(1969)  he proposed a a coast-to-coast grassroots demonstration for environmental concerns be held in the spring of 1970, and the first Earth Day occurred on April 22,1970 with estimates of over 20 million people, from politicians to housewives, taking to the streets and participated in thousands of local marches, rallies, parades, and protests.

From this first grassroots event came legislation of the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, institutionalizing  protection for the land, air and water.

In 1990, Earth Day became an international event with an awareness of our  planet.

Since the first Earth Day many other acts for protection of the environment have been passed and we as a society and as individuals are obligated to oversee the protection of our Earth for future generations.

The quote for today:

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more.

--George Gordon, Lord Byron

Readings:

Silent Spring by Rachel Carsonhttp://www.amazon.com/Silent-Spring-Rachel-Carson/dp/0618249060/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366643428&sr=1-1&keywords=silent+spring+rachel+carson#_

Issues In Green Criminologyhttp://www.amazon.com/Issues-Green-Criminology-Piers-Beirne/dp/1843922193/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366643843&sr=1-7&keywords=environment+issues#reader_1843922193

Saturday, April 6, 2013

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. So dust off your old verses or write new ones. Poetry is a true form of free expression and should never be harnessed. So write a stanza or verse today and express yourself.

http://www.poets.org/

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Great Video Memory


I was looking at YouTube videos and ran across Here I Go Again by Whitesnake.
For the guys, there was nothing like a great car (a Jag) and a hot woman--Tawny Kitaen--in a white negligee dancing across the hood. At the time it was a hot video and it still is today. So for all the guys, here's the video and chance to remember the 80's.

Ok, I know the women will hate me, but I'll try to make it up later. Popcorn anyone.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Patsy Update

My novella, The Patsy has been on Kindle for five months. Get your copy for the reduced price of $2.00. Please feel free to write a review after reading. Enjoy the read.

The Patsy