Happy Autumn! If you live in a part of the world that isn’t about to erupt into dozens of various shades of reds, yellows, and oranges, this is a taste of what we’ll have here in Ontario soon. Here is this week’s list of links from my favourite corners of the web.
Herbs and Gardens – 17th Century Home Remedies in New England via pk_adams. There are a lot of reasons why I think it’s important for fiction writers to study the past. This is one of them. I appreciate it when I read a story set hundreds of years ago (or in a time and place where modern medicine is unavailable) that acknowledges the limits of traditional remedies for diseases. Were some of them effective? Absolutely, but many others either did nothing or made people even sicker. Finding the balance between showing what average people can and can’t treat under those circumstances based on the plants nearby is one of those things I’d love to see more of in the wide world of fiction.
Doctors Told Her She Was Just Fat. She Actually Had Cancer. I wonder how often this happens? If anyone who has experience with doctors not listening to them is willing to share their story, I’d be quite interesting in hearing it.
Inside the Slimy Underground Hunt for Humanity’s Antibiotic Saviour. As rare as they are right now, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are one of the things that scare me. The thought of scientists working this hard to find other antibiotics in such a remote place is reassuring to say the least.
Where Can You Find Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Images via audendj. This is an incredibly useful post for bloggers, writers, Youtubers, and anyone else who needs free stock photos.
A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon. Ooh, this was good.