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June 18, 2006


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Syd Webb

Well hurrah! Sounds like some delightful father-son bonding going on over there.

Becky will be eight later this month. This has been the year of silent reading alone, although reading with parents is still fun. I'm scouring the libraries for Horrible Histories for her as well as Emily Rhodda fantasy novels, or 'chapter books' as we call them.

A large number of Becky's invisible friends come from games of Wizardry VIII and recently, Civilization IV that we've been playing together. But that is a story for another day.


Not to sound plain stupid, but what does Eucatastrophe mean?

I can't find it in my dictionary.

Doug M.

From the Greek "eu", good or superior, and "catastrophe", meaning pretty much what it says. Eucatastrophe everything is going wrong, but then unexpectedly things work out right. Like a deus ex machina, but without the deus.

In theology, it's sometimes used to refer to the Incarnation or the Resurrection of Christ. In literature, it's an unexpected good turn for the protagonist.

I've seen it credited to J.R.R. Tolkein, and it does sound like the sort of thing he'd come up with.

Doug M.


As promised, I thought I'd pop in to say 1) Hi! and 2) Blog more! :-D

OK, so I've hit a rough patch myself, but all the more motivation for both of us to write more. I was also enjoying a Fistful of Euros, but I can't easily tell which Doug M you are of the two there, so here's where I get to scratch initials on what I hope is the correct cave wall. ;-) Also, I was hoping to exchange a mutual blogroll, if you're up for it?

Hope you and your family are enjoying Armenia's dryness. ;-) I was (not) enjoying Virginia's drought-ness until the rains finally showed up in force this weekend...


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