By Suzanne McMinn
"It used to be a chilly overdue autumn day while I introduced my teenagers to reside in rural West Virginia. The farmhouse used to be 100 years outdated, there has been already snow at the flooring, and the warmth used to be sparse--as was once the insulation. The flooring weren't even, both. My then-twelve-year-old son walked within the door and stated, 'You've introduced us to this slanted little condo to die.'"
Thus starts former romance author Suzanne McMinn's wild experience into self-sustainable residing midway up a hill on some of the most distant dust roads in West Virginia, with a forged together with her youngsters, an enigmatic accomplice, the "rural neighborhood" of quirky characters, and an entire slew of ridiculous and uncooperative cattle. An not likely adventurer, the suburban-born-and-bred writer tackles one daunting problem after one other on her new forty-acre farm, from hatching chickens and milking a cow to herding sheep and making her personal cheese. even if she's attempting to persuade a goat to simply accept its child or simply get her ornery neighbor to maneuver over and allow her cross at the highway, each web page of her experience is fraught with laughter, ardour, drama, and the chance of wasting all of it ahead of she figures out why she's doing it within the first position. And whilst she does lose all of it, she discovers a triumph she by no means expected--along with the reality for which she'd been looking all alongside.
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The unresolved ambiguity in the sources and the topography are discussed by P. M. Fraser, Ptolemaic Alexandria (1972)1: 24–25, 2: 67–71, notes 154–62. 30. -Y. Empereur, Alexandria Rediscovered (1998): 111–22. 31. I thank the Egyptian Department, especially Diana Craig Patch, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for permission to examine the bronze crabs. For the inscriptions, see Augustus C. Merrian, The Greek and Latin Inscriptions on the Obelisk-Crab in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (1883). Replicas of the crabs were made for the obelisk in its present position.
Replicas of the crabs were made for the obelisk in its present position. 20 Cleopatra in Egypt, Europe, and New York 32. Gorringe (1882): 75–76 (citing the research of Gaston L. Feuardent); Zanker (1990): 48–53. 33. Quoted in D’Alton (1993): 11. 34. Photographs of the advertisements and cards in D’Alton (1993): 46. 35. See the essay by Maria Wyke and Dominic Monserrat in this volume. 36. For example, the academic controversies surrounding Martin Bernal’s Black Athena: The Afrocentric Roots of Classical Civilization 1 (1987), 2 (1981); criticism in Mary R.
P. Wiseman (2003): 257–74. I thank the author and the University of Exeter Press for permission to republish the essay here. 42. The poem was originally published in Arion 14(2006): 29–34. I thank the author and Herb Golder, editor of Arion, for permission to include the poem here. 1 Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt Sally-Ann Ashton The legendary Cleopatra the public knows—the passionate, infinitely various woman of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and the stylized beauty of the 1930s and 1960s films—has little to do with the historical Cleopatra, and we can gain a sense of the historical woman by considering her alongside her predecessors, the earlier Ptolemaic queens.
Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor by Suzanne McMinn