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“The Flu”: A Brief History, by A. Mouritz

We’ve been here before. Medical historians are familiar with pandemics like our current one.

I find this book comforting as I read about the familiar symptoms of cough and fever and lung ailments. It puts our latest pandemic into perspective as I compare my state’s, country’s, and planet’s recent number of daily and total deaths with those of past pandemics.

The author’s ideas about causes, remedies, and prevention are old fashioned but food for thought as we figure out how to deal with the illness that is overwhelming us now.

Excerpt read by Grace Buchanan

Listen to me read the entire book for LibriVox at Internet Archive. Run time: 1 hour 29 minutes.


Read the entire book at Project Gutenberg .

Listen to all the work I’ve done for LibriVox.

This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain in the USA. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox.org.

Image credits:
1918-1920 Spanish Flu Pandemic, Walter Reed Hospital Flu Ward,
Photographer: Harris & Ewing,
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., USA,
Public domain.

1921 “The Flu” book cover,
Repository: Surgeon General’s Library at the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
Public Domain.

1921 “The Flu” title page,
Repository: Surgeon General’s Library at the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
Public Domain.

I dedicate this recording to my friend Liz in New York City who is recovering from the Coronavirus, and to all who have been touched by this pandemic.

Indigenous Peoples Day

Losing the ability to use much of my brain off-and-on for the past several years was a blessing in disguise — when I’m thinking positively. I’m connecting more closely with what’s important to me, like being here with you.

You might recall my blog post about Thanksgiving Days. You’re finding me celebrating Columbus Day now as Indigenous Peoples Day and producing a chapter of an audiobook. You can find it at SoundCloud.

It’s a mini biography of Alice C. Fletcher from a collection at Project Gutenberg titled Heroines of Service by Mary Rosetta Parkman, and recorded for LibriVox.org. Miss Fletcher attempted to overpower the Europeans who were harrassing Indians away from valuable lands in the U.S.

What do you think of her solution? Do you know of any other ideas?

Image credits:
Portrait of Alice C. Fletcher from Popular Science Monthly Volume 43 via Wikimedia Commons. This work is in the public domain.

Listen to the entire book at Internet Archive. My reading is Chapter 8, Track 9.

What’s Shocking?

When I was a kid
We shocked adults
By talking about the weather
Saying, “It’s colder than a witch’s tit.”

Now, as adults
We can’t shock our kids
By talking about the weather
Even when we say, “The glaciers are melting.”

Media Credit:
This video shows a time series of five-year global temperature averages, mapped from 1884 to 2014, as estimated by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

Published on Jan 16, 2015 by NASA Goddard.
The year 2014 now ranks as the warmest on record since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA scientists.
This video is public domain.

Reblog: Meet Susanne Alleyn’s Main Character

originally posted at:

The “Meet My Main Character” Blog Tour

June 23, 2014
by Susanne Alleyn

WeaverGrace tagged me to continue a tradition of bloggers begun here. Meet My Main Character Blog Tours resemble radio interviews: keep on reading for answers to questions posed to me, and a week or two later for answers to the same questions posed to a couple of other authors whom I’ve selected. This tour asks the authors of works-in-progress (in my case, the sequel to The Executioner’s Heir) to answer questions about the main characters of their historical novels. So, meet my main character . . .

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Charles-Henri Sanson is my main character, and he was a real person. Born in 1739, he was destined to be the master executioner—maître des hautes œuvres—for the city of Paris in the second half of the 18th century . . . Despite his official title and the “yuck” reaction most of us would have to a professional executioner, Charles Sanson was a decent, compassionate man trying to make the best of a terrible career that he was stuck with because of fate and social pressure . . . He realizes that he can never break away from the profession and title of executioner, and his goal becomes, instead, to be the most honorable and humane man he can be, within the job that he can’t escape, even during the Revolution. . .

read more at Susanne’s blog