The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday May 20th, 2015
Episode 258
Previous episode: 2015-05-18
Next episode: 2015-05-22


Today we remember a night of strange happenings in Echo Harbor. Stranger than usual, that is. It is the Feast Day of St. Tuft, and in the garden, there are hummingbirds.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is May 20th, 2015.

It was on this day in the Year of Burning Reeds, in the town of Echo Harbor, that the skeleton of every sleeping citizen awoke. The skeletons removed their flesh as one would a coat, and walked into the street, where they gathered in large groups. They gestured to one another for nearly an hour, then returned to their bodies, put their flesh back on, and went back to sleep. Security cameras captured this event and several prominent scientists set to work analyzing the footage. They have determined that the gestures represented a complex sign language, possibly coupled with tones made by striking bones together. “It is clear that they are communicating,” said one scientist, “and on a matter of some urgency, but we are no closer to deciphering what was said.” Since each of the scientists contained one of the skeletons in question, there was some concern as to what might be observing the research, but no one has been able to come up with a way to avoid this that was not considered inhumane.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Tuft the Crier, who warned the Monastery of Saint Peter of impending attack and then ran nearly thirty miles to the Convent of St. Offren in Thessalka. Along the way he was shot at repeatedly by barbarian archers and died on the steps of the convent, having nevertheless succeeded in raising the alarm. He is represented as a youth with his hands cupped around his mouth, pierced with dozens of arrows. Hagiographers suggest that it was probably only one arrow, but agree that this is not as visually impressive.

In the garden, hummingbirds are appearing to nectar at flowers. Female hummingbirds raise young along, without the help of males, and feed small insects to their young. Nectar is still much appreciated, however. If you do not wish to bother with the hassle of feeders, there are many excellent hummingbird flowers. Most salvias are very popular, as are penstemons. If you have the space, crossvine is a beautiful vine with red trumpet-like flowers. It will eat small gardens, however, and reseeds freely, so care is advised. Hummingbird nests are extremely small and built mostly of cobwebs, so this season provides a convenient excuse to avoid dusting the corners of the windows or the garden shed.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for May 20th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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