Wednesday, January 17, 2018


And it is often the way
That killers skilled their leaders slay
Their places to seize.
As dust in the breeze
Are loyalty pledges they say.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Yet if the Scald’s leader had doubt
Of loyalty, that one was without
Concern for the skill
In making the kill
The one held who held the redoubt.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Of that part of the Scald left behind,
The commander must be kept in mind.
One holds in some trust
They into danger thrust;
What then by retention is signed?

Sunday, January 14, 2018


The leaders of each band were these,
Named as befits their degrees:
The first, they called Stan,
The second, Owran,
And the third was called Þurn of the Trees.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


The third band advanced from the south,
The gullet for other bands’ mouth,
Stood before the corps
That was mentioned before,
And ensured for hope’s rain a drought.

Friday, January 12, 2018


The second band formed in the west,
As its lieutenant had thought best
To break all the defense
And prompt a flight thence
At day’s end, a thought that they’d test.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


The first band formed up in the east,
And its leading lieutenant was least
Likely to fail
And most to prevail
At making resistance to cease.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


The Scald split apart into bands,
Each into one lieutenant’s hands
Save for one corps
That numbered five score
That stayed at the leader’s demands.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Eight years ago today, I married the woman of my dreams--then and now. Then, as now, I was struck by her beauty and her goodness, as well as her willingness--even eagerness--to join her life to mine and allow me into hers. Then, as now, I was humbled by it and pushed to be a better person because of it. Then, as now, I was happy because I had her with me--happy as I had not been before.

So, although I say it daily and more, and although I do everything I can to show the truth of it in addition, I say this now again and before all who will hear it:

I love you, Sonya!

Happy anniversary!

May we have many more!

Monday, January 8, 2018


Such now moved against the town
Where Erdewyn had some renown
And, once, her master,
Old Oðoæster,
Had decided he would settle down.