The Hidden Almanac for
Friday November 13th, 2015
Episode 334
Previous episode: 2015-11-11
Next episode: 2015-11-16


Today we recall a tree with some unusual markings. It is the Feast Day of the Falling Saint, and in the garden, it is not unpleasant. Yet.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble


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

Today is November 13th, 2015.

It was on this day in 438 that an oak tree lost a partially rotted limb. This is only significant in that the resulting scar in the bark created a perfect street map of the future city of Troyzantium, circa 1886, with the exposed heartwood forming the outline of the coast. This persisted for some weeks, until beetles got in. Attempts to find significance in this have largely failed. Sometimes strange things just happen.

It is the Feast Day of the Falling Saint. This unknown man was found at the base of the tallest peak in the Mountain Kingdom, still clutching a book. The book contained a scrawled prayer and the words “I am falling, the saints have mercy upon me.” It has been suggested that he fell from the peak and had time to write this prayer while falling, owing to the incredible height. This is utter nonsense, of course, given terminal velocity, the lumpy nature of mountainsides, and the difficulty of composing prayers in verse while falling off a cliff. It was therefore declared miraculous, and he became known as the Falling Saint. Otherwise intelligent scholars composed long papers proposing that the saint’s fall had been slowed by divine providence to allow him to write his final prayer (but not slowed enough to survive the impact.) He is the patron of parachutists, mountain climbers, and vertigo sufferers.

In the garden, the weather is briefly glorious, and even more so for likely being one of the last beautiful fall days of the year. The sun is shining, the air is warm, and leaves come falling down around you. It is a good day to sit in the garden. Most gardeners have a hard time sitting, unless they are ill or talking to someone else, as there is plenty of work to be done yet. Nevertheless, it is good to have a seat somewhere in the garden so that one can sit down for a minute or two before seeing something that requires trimming. Many of the beans that molded on the vine have fallen to the dirt and taken hold. They are in for a rude surprise when frost comes.

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 Royal Opera House, which is staging “Wormdark” an opera based on the epic poetry of the mole-people. Wormdark will take place in total darkness, and is not recommended for sensitive or claustrophobic listeners.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for November 13th, 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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