I Step Out of the Ordinary

I can feel my soul ascending

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A history moment.

So in 1553, while signing the absent Earl of Shrewsbury’s comission warrants, Mary I of England spoke to his Lady, Grace Shakerley, the Countess of Shrewsbury.

Following that meeting, the Countess wrote that “her hyghnes were so moche my good ladye that comaundid me whatsoever I laked [lacked] I should be bold to come to her grace, for she wold be my husbande unto your Lord retorne agen.”*

There’s no suggestion in any other surviving documents that Mary and Grace had any kind of sexual or romantic relationship. It was well-known societally that Grace and the Earl had made a love-match, for one, and there really isn’t any evidence that I’m aware of to support the notion of Mary I being queer. (If anything, I’d say the bulk of the evidence might support her as a heteroromantic asexual, but that’s neither here nor there.) 

HOWEVER. 

AUs have been constructed over a whole lot less. 

I’m just sayin’. 

* Grace, Countess of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Shrewsbury, September 3, 1553, Lambeth Palace Library, MS 3206, P, f. 223.

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The Israeli genocide in Gaza

This is the only thing I will post on the matter.

Do not believe the propaganda mills. Do not reblog blindly. The history of the region is thick and desperately sad, but like all historical events, the current attacks can only be understood in context. 

Read the information, not the emotions. Make yourself fully informed. Only then, make your choices.

I stand with Israel. 

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arcanelibrarian asked: I've lived in New Hampshire, and then New York before that, all my life, and I've always been taught to remove my shoes when I go into someone's house just to keep things clean. Same with Boy, We leave them by the door, and generally only put them on when we're about to go out.

Okay, cool! I’ve gotten into online tussles with Americans about the shoe thing before, but I wasn’t sure if it was a regional issue.

(Their arguments being basically ‘but why would you make your guests feel uncomfortable and naked by taking off shoes / why do you value your floors more than people / what about parties and nice shoes; you’d look awful in fancy clothes and socks.)

ETA: oh, and one memorable comment from a friend in Florida about not giving scorpions a chance to get in your shoes??

Eesh.

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toraberushimeri asked: For the shoes thingy, my family always take off our shoes when we get home. Idk if it's because we have "expensive" (according to darling Mother dearest) hardwood floors, plus who wants to clean out dirt and other shit you walked in when you were outside from carpets? Honestly, I think it just depends on who it is.

Whew, okay. So Billy “eat your breakfast to pass your SATs, young man” Kaplan could just have been trained from birth not to track crap into the house?  I feel SO WEIRD having characters leave their shoes on, because it’s a major thing up here. You Just Don’t. I can excuse Tommy, because he was basically raised in a barn. XD 

(Joke, people. Joke.) 

Thank you! 

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A question for New Yorkers/East Coasters!

Do you guys really keep your shoes on inside the house all the time? Is it really obvious that I’m a Canadian when I have American characters kicking their shoes off at the door? 

If so, when do you put your shoes on? Immediately after you put your socks on in the morning, whenever you come across wherever you took them off the night before, or do you bring them back to the door at night and put them on there in the morning? 

Shoes-in-house logistics, I do not understand you. 

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