Psychopomps and other things








psycho def


pump def


psychopomp def

“In various systems of religious belief, a being, such as a god or a person acting as a shaman, who guides the spirits of the dead to the afterlife or the otherworld.”



Writing, they* say, is just another word for collecting: as the philatelist collects philates (presumably), the writer collects word definitions (like philatelist and humbuggery–you get the idea).

* I’m quite sure nobody has said this, but this is my blog and I can be suzerain if I choose to be.

Drabble Prospero Dae

Then there’s Bliss…

Poespero Dae drabble

Garcinia humulis

mangosteen family Garcinia humulis

Having gone to the hardware store and having seen a packet of seeds emblazoned with the name Garcinia humulis, achingly displayed next to Detroit beets and plentiful packets of Nantes Scarlet Carrots, I say to myself confidentially–why not?

Purchase in hand, I fetch the mules and ride back to the farm, place the tiny seeds in a dirt patch (tiny is a relative term–most seeds are tiny when compared to the┬ámegalomaniacal coconut), cover with volcanic ash, wait impatiently for rain, heavy dew, or tears from a grief-stricken angel, and, several headaches later, there is a tree in the mangosteen family to boast about.

Mangosteen family Garcinia humulis

Ceropegia stapeliiformis var. serpentina


Some people grow petunias, others cultivate Ceropegias.
Some people read E. L. James, others read William Faulkner.

Love Story

Sprague Dawley

Prospero Dae