The Hidden Almanac for
Monday December 15th, 2014
Episode 197
Previous episode: 2014-12-12
Next episode: 2014-12-17


Today marks the 29th anniversary of a great tragedy. It is also the day a controversial album was released. It is the Feast Day of St. Octavian, and in the garden, there are sparrows.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is December 15th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1985 that 33 members of a wedding party were killed after the couple thought it would be a good idea to have photos taken on an iced over lake. Recent warm weather had weakened the ice and it broke under the weight, sending all involved underwater. It was a national tragedy, and the only benefit derived from it was by a first responder who fished out the bouquet and became the next of his unit to marry.

And it was on this day in 1990 that the album “A World Bleached White” by Ironlight was released. It featured explicit lyrics, graphic depictions of illegal acts on the album art, and the liner notes could be fashioned into a crude weapon. Though banned from sale in every possible venue, it nevertheless went immediately triple platinum. “Teenagers appear to be purchasing this by osmosis or something,” said one moral authority. “I went into my daughter’s bedroom and a copy literally popped out of the air and fell onto the stereo. It was very disturbing. She swore that she’d never listened to it, but three more copies showed up under her bed, and there was another in the potting shed. That one might have been my husband’s, though. I’ve grounded everyone in the house, just in case.” Ironlight, which consists of three MFA’s in classical music and a drummer, released a five minute statement that, once the swear words had been removed, read only: Censorship of art is rarely effective. They continue to tour today.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Octavian the Gardener, who traveled to remote locations to bring rare seeds back to his home garden. The Monastery of St. Octavian preserves over five hundred varieties of unusual vegetables, many of which would be lost to cultivation today if not for their careful husbandry. Their seed catalogs are weighty tomes, considered sacred by many gardeners, and a pilgrimage to there is almost mandatory for those who till the earth. The trowel of the saint himself is on display, alongside other holy relics. His icons show a pair of hands cupping a handful of earth with a tiny haloed seedling.

In the garden, white throated sparrows are everywhere and the frost is crackling on the fallen leaves. It is a perfect time to curl up with a seed catalog, such as that from Seeds of Distinction, which specializes in heirloom vegetables. The Seeds of Distinction catalog has this to say about squash:

The Griddle squash, so named for patches of rind that develop grid-like cross-hatching, was introduced in 1898. The 8-pound red fruit are teardrop-shaped, with thick orange flesh that is sweet and strongly squash-flavored. A beautiful variety in the fall garden, and a good keeper for winter eating.

So ends today's reading from the Seeds of Distinction catalog.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tortoise Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible tortoises. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tortoises.”

Also brought to you by Whipping Crow Records, who will not be sponsoring the Ironlight reunion tour, because dude, those guys are old.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for December 15th, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is written by Ursula Vernon. Our exit music is Red in Black and our into music is Moon Valley, both by Kosta T. You can hear more music from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. The Hidden Almanac is copyright 2013-2014, Ursula Vernon.

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