Place in the World: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 9 May 2018

Where do you belong? — Erica V., The Daily Post

Right now, this is self’s place in the world. It’s about 20 miles south of San Francisco.

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Her Frida Kahlo Rose: It’s on the front porch.

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The Backyard Today: ’tis somewhat wild.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

First Stop on Telemachus’s Journey

Self is fascinated by Telemachus, that poor boy who never knew his father because Odysseus left for Troy when he was but a baby (this is definitely giving her Will Parry feelz). Thank goodness Telemachus has found a Mentor in the goddess Athena.

Telemachus’ first stop is PYLOS. Here’s a map from the book:

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It’s just a wee way from ITHACA.

Pylos is the home of Nestor, “horse-lord.”

Telemachus encounters him barbecuing (or grilling some dark meat anyway) “in the center of the town” with several “companions.” This is a somewhat disconcerting image, self is not sure why — probably because she expected a more dramatic encounter? Why —  of all the different things Nestor could be doing when he encounters the son of Odysseus for the first time — should he be barbecuing? (On the other hand, the fact that Lord Nestor is engaged in grilling meat humanizes him in a very definite way, and that is cool)

Self is very admiring of Telemachus, especially when he comes right out and says to Nestor: “Tell me the truth!”

And Nestor begins his response with, “Dear boy . . . ”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Telemachus’s Voyage Begins

Not quite sure whether that extra apostrophe is followed by an ‘s’ or not, but since self’s copy of Strunk & White got lost ages ago, she will just run with it.

Book 2: A Dangerous Journey

The quick black ship held steady, so they fastened
the tackle down, and filled their cups with wine.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Telemachus Plays Host to the Suitors

Self just got back from watching The Rider. There is a very interesting father-son dynamic in that movie. Which is a perfect segue to Book 1 of The Odyssey: The Boy and the Goddess. The translation self is reading is by Emily Wilson:

Telemachus was sitting with them, feeling
dejected. In his mind he saw his father
coming from somewhere, scattering the suitors,
and gaining back his honor, and control
of all his property.

The poor boy. The poor, poor boy. Something wonderful is about to happen to him in the very next moment, though.

Stay tuned.

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