September 22, 2014

The Joys of Autumn

written by Rosa Morgan

The first cool breeze lifts the oppressive heat of a Texas summer.  Crisp falling leaves hearken change and holidays to come. Grey skies are so much more inviting to me than the glare of a relentless sun. It is the perfect time for introspective walks. I am in good company in my affections for the season, for Victorian poets and artists also embraced this time of year.

      George Henry Boughton

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day. -Emily Bronte

John Everett Millais

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” Henry David Thoreau

Hans Andersen Brendekilde

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." Nathaniel Hawthorne

Henry Herbert La Thangue

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” Samuel Butler

Edward Cuceal

“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." 
William Cullen Bryant

September 13, 2014

The Language of Flowers: A to Z

written by Rosa Morgan

"The interpreters of our sweetest sentiments, flowers lend their charms even to love- to that pure and chaste affection, which as Plato observes, is an inspiration from the gods."
The Sentiment of Flowers - 1840

Anemone - Expectation 

Bachelor's Button - I with the morning's love have oft made sport.
Calla Feminine Modesty

Dahlia - Forever Thine

Elder - Compassion

Fir - Time

Geranium - Envy

Heartsease - Forget Me Not

Ivy - Friendship

Jonquil - I desire a return of affection

Lady's Slipper - Capricious Beauty

Mimosa - Sensitiveness

Nettle - Slander

Orange Blossom - Your purity equals your loveliness.

Periwinkle - Pleasures of Memory

Quamoclit - Busy body

Ranunculus - I am dazzled by your charms

Snapdragon - Presumption

Thyme - Activity

Verbena - Sensibility

Woodbine - Fraternal Love

Yarrow - To Cure

Zinnia - Absence

September 2, 2014

Radio Interview for "The Herbalist's Apprentice"

I was recently interviewed on George Lee's "The Electric Theater Radio Hour " by his awesome wife, Brenda Lee. We talked about my novel, "The Herbalist's Apprentice", its inspiration and the historical material that went into its creation.

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August 16, 2014

Exercise Your Way to Good Health

written by Rosa Morgan

Ladies, do you suffer from insomnia, constipation, or hysteria? Do you wile away the hours with inactivity or faint with the slightest of exertions? Then exercise is for you! 

Human powered treadmills originated 4,000 years ago to lift buckets, and after that they were used at mills to grind grain, but now they are available to achieve good health. Just look how much fun these stylishly dressed ladies are having.

Indian clubs are a great way to enhance your coordination and build up arm muscles. Coming in various sizes and weights, these clubs are so popular they will be featured in the 1904 Olympics.

Nothing beats the Molby for straightening the spine, so why not give it a try?

Ten minutes of climbing on the bars is sure to bring rosiness to your cheeks and stimulation to the digestive system. 

Hooray for this young woman, she's showing the boys how to stay fit.

A unique substitute for horse riding with all its health giving properties. It guarantees a complete cure for obesity, hysteria, and gout.

Just strap yourself in and Dr. Gustav Zander's massaging machine will relax and rejuvenate you.  

Exercise is the true fountain of youth and now you too can reap its benefits.  But take care in your efforts, the constitution must be coaxed not strained.