The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday October 7th, 2015
Episode 318
Previous episode: 2015-10-05
Next episode: 2015-10-09


Today is the birthday of painter Alonzo Maxwell. It is also the day the Hotel d’Arbor opened. It is the Feast Day of the Burning Cicada, and in the garden, there are chickadees.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is October 7th, 2015.

It is the birthday, in 1902, of the painter Maxwell Alonzo, who painted cowboys, horses, and associated landscapes. His work was intensely popular as covers to a certain sort of book, featuring wild horses, manly men, and excessive gunslinging, but eventually fell out of favor. Alonzo reinvented his career by painting horses in vivid shades of violet and orange on backgrounds of stylized clouds, and achieved some small fame. He passed away in 1986, leaving behind a foundation that gives scholarships to young and disadvantaged illustrators.

And it was on this day in 1988 that the doors opened on the Hotel d’Arbor, a small but elegant hotel built around five enormous trees. The trees had grown up in a courtyard in the Glass Quarter, which, owing to the peculiarities of city streets, had been surrounded by brick walls and was inaccessible to humans for nearly half a century. The architect of the hotel refused to cut the trees down, and instead built the hotel around them. Decks were cut to allow trunks through, and the central lobby included a five story terrarium, open to the sky, holding a mature oak tree.

It is the Feast Day of the Burning Cicada.

In the garden, the chickadees are visiting the feeder frequently as the weather cools. It is supposed to warm again soon, but gardeners are suspicious folk by nature, and are watching grimly for frost.

The interns are supposed to be planting mums, to appease the mum gods, but I am not seeing them.

PD: Nah, I had them make me cider instead.

RM: …all of them?

PD: It takes a lot of weight to trample apples into cider, Mord. More than I would have expected, actually.

RM: That is because you are supposed to use a cider press. You have the interns trample grapes into wine.

PD: You didn’t have any grapes. I would have loved wine!

RM: We would all love wine. Why are you here, Drom?

PD: I found a book on the Shrike Cult!

RM: …this is an inspirational self-help book from the Eighties.

PD: It has a section about impaling the obstacles to your well-being. I think it’s metaphorical, but what if I’m an obstacle to someone’s well-being!?

RM: …what, indeed.

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

Also brought to you by the Kale Council. Kale! Still exists.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for October 7th, 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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