Category Archives: History

The Longest Night

“Joie to you on this Longest Night!” –A Seasonal Greeting from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart Today is the Winter Solstice, an astronomical event that inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of religious observations. Yes, including Christmas. As a follower of Nature, … Continue reading

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My Favorite Things: Halloween Edition

As you read this, I’m on my way to Los Angeles for the holiday to attend the West Hollywood Halloween party! Very excited about this! Halloween/Samhain and El Dia de los Muertos are the holidays I enjoy the most. I … Continue reading

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Dancing the Paphian Jig

Mental Floss published an article, 31 Adorable Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse From the Last 600 Years,  some months ago about old-timey names for having sex. We humans clearly love our euphemisms for anything having to do with sex. While … Continue reading

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To grow old gracefully

I believe the true function of age is memory. I’m recording as fast as I can. -Rita Mae Brown I love books, the physicality of the book. Holding a book and reading from it is one of my favorite sensual … Continue reading

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With all my love…

One of my favorite literary courtesans talked about how she loved all of her patrons, some only a little bit and others to a great depth. I would say this opinion would be held by many professional Companions in the … Continue reading

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{Kallipygian}

Greek word for “beautiful buttocks” The Romanized version of this word is spelled with a ‘c’, but the first time I came across it was in an historical text written in Greek (which lacked a ‘c’ in their alphabet) so this … Continue reading

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{Hedonist}

“Voluptuaries of all ages, of every sex, it is to you that I offer this work; nourish yourself upon its principles: they favor your passions, and these passions, whereof coldly insipid moralists put you in fear, are naught but the means … Continue reading

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