My wife and daughter went to Iceland last week, so of course they bought me a book! Looking forward to diving into this one, but I think I am going to save it until October to give myself something new to enjoy the Halloween season. I have not read much in the way of Icelandic folklore so it should be interesting.

Icelandic ghost stories derive their inspiration from the unforgiving climate and remote villages of the country, playing up the eerie ambiance. They can be found in sagas, folklore, and the oral traditions of various regions.

A noteworthy aspect that my wife learned on her trip is that Icelanders possess a distinct perspective on these supernatural entities, with many embracing their existence as genuine. While a few may approach these stories skeptically, they remain an indispensable part of Icelandic cultural heritage, shared with equal enthusiasm by both locals and visitors.


Splendor Solis


Splendor Solis is a noteworthy alchemical manuscript dating back to the 16th century. It showcases a series of illustrations accompanied by text, delving into the realms of alchemy and spiritual wisdom. 

The text offers insights into alchemical principles and the interconnected nature of the universe.  The artwork within the manuscript is intricately detailed and visually appealing. However, while some may find the symbolism and imagery captivating, others may find it less accessible.

Dark Sun, from Splendor Solis – Product – The Public Domain Review

For example the above image, Dark Sun, symbolizes the initial stage of putrefaction, where the old, impure elements are broken down and transformed into their essential components. This stage is often associated with darkness and the decomposition of matter before it can be purified into the "Philosopher's Stone" or the ultimate goal of alchemy, which is the transmutation of base substances into a higher, perfected state.

Overall, Splendor Solis remains a significant contribution to the field of alchemical literature, albeit with varying levels of appeal depending on individual interests. Personally, I found it educational, but at times a difficult read. 


New ebay find. Classic edition of Plotinus' Enneads.


Kids are gone. Grades are in. Room is packed. Officially time for summer. (Image)


Time stamp: Summer Solstice 2023. “Salomon Trismosin, Splendor solis"1582 (Image)


Car show downtown today. Of all the amazing automobiles, it’s the trucks that get me. (Image)


“The Holy Grail descends on Sir Galahad” - stained glass window by Veronica Whall, in King Arthur’s Great Halls in Tintagel, Cornwall, England ca.1930 (Image)


Monday’s after work album: Synchronocity, by The Police.


January 23rd 2023. First snow day of the year.


Deep in the woods after a light snow = my happy place. ❄️


Last night we went to a one-man-performace of A Christmas Carol at the Mathra Mary Chapel in Sudbury. And as someone who does not count this story as a favortie I really enjoyed it.


Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village in the first snow storm of the year.


Reward for today’s mountain miles.


Back to the lab again-



Happy Thanksgiving from the summit.


27-degrees at the trail head this morning. 🥶


First trail run in sub freezing temps. Not many people on the mountain this week. Too bad, they don’t know what they are missing in the cold and the quiet.


Veterans Day trail run. Made it to the top of Gibbs Mountain, which is more of a big hill, but my legs were still burning.


Usually not much color left at this point. Rail trail looking great though.


With politics really ramping up right now, here’s a palate cleanser from yesterday’s trail run.



Becoming a big fan of the Old Fashioned with a cherry garnish.


Went to see Josh Gates at The Hanover in Worcester tonight and had a blast. Great story teller.