Category: My Research

Goodbye Beautiful

As I am preparing for the imminent release of my book, Safe in Your Head, I am tinkering with all these new online technologies to see about preparing a book trailer. It’s not so much that I think the book trailer will help sales, but because for some time now I have been thinking about…

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The Dead Bring Flowers

Growing up in Italy I learned a lot of “remedies” for anything from the evil eye to attracting a good husband.  My mother and grandmother had an interpretation for every event, minor or major, from throwing away a bloody rag without wrapping it properly first (the devil will come and eat it, and then you…

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Sumerian Music – the real deal

While doing research for my retelling of Gilgamesh I was trying to discover what types of musical instruments the Sumerian people played, and how sophisticated their pipes, flutes, drums and sitars might be.  As it turns out, very. Not only did the Sumerian play a significant number of wind, percussion, and string instruments, they also…

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Semiramis: Tree of Life

The research I’m undertaking for my novel has moved me to look into very ancient Middle Eastern myths.  Anyone who has read or even heard of Joseph Campbell by now knows that myths repeat with infinite but subtle variations across time and space.  Nonetheless it’s still startling to me to find some very obvious, very…

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Sumerian Connections to the Bible

Cuneiform TI sign Ancient Near East portal Cuneiform TI or TÌL (Borger 2003 nr. ; U+122FE 𒋾) has the main meaning of “life” when used ideographically. The written sign developed from the drawing of an arrow, since the words meaning “arrow” and “life” were pronounced similarly in the Sumerian language. With the determinative UZU 𒍜 “flesh, meat”, UZUTI, it means “rib”. This homophony…

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