So, I kinda feel like I cheated because I read a book entitled Some Aspects of the Geography of Finland by Ragnar Numelin. It was printed, I think, by the Finnish government in 1935 and is only about 42 pages long. It is nonfiction with black and white pictures, and it has a really cool map! My reading this was inspired, in part, by St. Urho's Day which is celebrated on March 16th - when St. Urho hollered at the crickets, grasshoppers, frogs, or snakes, saving the vineyards of Finland. Interesting. Some say that the Finns were in a friendly competition with the Irish who had St. Patrick's Day. Regardless of the origins, there is a St. Urho statue located in Menahga, MN. One of the things I learned from the book was that in 1935, 85% of the total area of Finland was either forest(73%) or lakes(12%)! I also came across a couple words I've never heard before, like "tarn". I will probably also finish reading The Greatest Lies in History by Alexander Canduci in honor of "Smoke and Mirrors" day!
"...I'd discuss the holy books with the learned man...and that would be the sweetest thing of all...would it foil some vast, eternal plan..." Hamick Fiddler on the Roof
La Belle Dame Sans Mercy, Merci, Maria - Chartier, Keats, Hamik?