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The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl

I cannot put this book down!  I found it on discount trawling a local store with a friend, read a bit, then had a month or two when I could barely sit down let alone read.  I picked it up again earlier this week to read on break at work and *zooom* I’m about half through it.

The full title is The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis.  That’s pretty much the reason I bought it.  The author, Arthur Allen, introduces his reader to the vivid personalities of intra-war Lviv, Poland and deftly recreates the imperiled life of the residents before the horrors of WWII.

Please, please pick this up if you can – buy or borrow.  The general ideas aren’t new to me, but I’m enriched knowing more names and details of the people who resisted and survived.

Take a listen at the NPR interview with Allen here.

Celts, gardening, herbal, history, share the wealth, Witchery

Witch Alert! Free Herbalism webinars, Food timeline


The American Herbalist’s guild has an archive of free webinars (only some with accompanying .pdfs, though)!!  Go look! covers everything from water and ice to cronuts.  This is a preserved and (as of 2013) updated work started by the late Lynne Olver.  From the webpage:

Thee Food Timeline was created and maintained solely by Lynne Olver (1958-2015, her obituary), reference librarian with a passion for food history. About it she originally said ” Information is checked against standard reference tools for accuracy. All sources are cited for research purposes. As with most historical topics, there are some conflicting stories in the field of food history. We do our best to select and present the information with the most documented support. Heritage Radio interviews Food Timeline editor (2013).

Here’s a link to what Olver found about Celtic cuisine, ancient and “newer”.