KATHERINE NEVILLE’SCherry Blossom NewsletterMarch 20, 2020 Early Cherry Blossoms In the opening scene of my novel, The Eight, the cherry blossoms bloom early: “Some said it was a good omen that they had bloomed so soon, a symbol o
KATHERINE NEVILLE’S Sagittarius Newsletter December 2, 2019 The Centaur of Volos Project In the early 1990s, due to my historic research into world mythology, (or perhaps due to my swashbuckling adventure novels) I was invited by prof
KATHERINE NEVILLE’S Toussaint Newsletter November 1, 2019 Toussaint-Samhain My favorite holiday is the three-day period called Samhain in the Celtic calendar: October 31, November 1-2 — combining Hallowe’en (All Hallows Eve
KATHERINE NEVILLE’SAssumption Day NewsletterAugust 15, 2019 Here I am in Brittany, where they celebrate today’s date with great festivities, as the ‘Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven.’ Mary: The Lady In Blue The ‘Lady in
KATHERINE NEVILLE’S Japonisme Newsletter June 21, 2019 Exposition Universelle Paris, 1867 Japan under the Shoguns was isolated from the world for over 250 years, from the early 1600s — and then emerged into the world at just the right
KATHERINE NEVILLE’S Merry May Day Newsletter May 1, 2019 From Maia to Mary Today is the date that lies between spring equinox and summer solstice, one of the eight Celtic Fire Festivals since early times.
KATHERINE NEVILLE’S Cherry Blossom Equinox Newsletter March 21, 2019 Cherry Blossom Time! In 1912, the Japanese government gave 3000 cherry trees to our nation’s capital, which were planted around the Tidal Basin on the National
KATHERINE NEVILLE’S Saturnalia Newsletter December 17, 2018 Saturnalia, the festival of the Roman god Saturn, and based upon a more ancient Greek and Egyptian traditions for this dark time of year, is still celebrated throughout Europ