—when he looked, and she
looked up at him, their looks so merged in one
the world outside grew vacant, suddenly,
and all things being seen, endured and done
were crowded into them: just she and he—

Rainer Maria Rilke, excerpt of Annunciation to Mary (tr. by N. K. Cruickshank)

Original — daß sein Blick und der,
mit dem sie aufsah, so zusammenschlugen,
als wäre draußen plötzlich alles leer,
und, was Millionen schaten, trieben, trugen,
hineingedrängt in sie: nur sie und er—


Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)

Fun Scrub Jay Facts:

  • Scrub Jays will harvest and hide acorns, keeping thousands at a time.
  • Scrub Jays are cooperative breeders, the young will stick around to help raise the next brood. 

  • Scrub Jays always have a sentry on the lookout for danger, they have a call to alert the family of aerial predators and a different call for terrestrial threats. 

Helen & Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary

Rockledge, FL

For anyone who is really enjoying Harlots and wants to know more about the sex industry in 18th century England, I highly recommend Dan Cruickshank’s The Secret History of Georgian London. It’s incredibly informative and explores all aspects of prostitution in the 18th century, as well as giving short biographies of specific sex workers like Kitty Fisher, Sally Salisbury, Moll King, and plenty more amazing women.

Try if you can
to place yourself where pillars mount to ceilings
which are in you; where you can share the feelings
of steps; where arches take great risks to span
the gulf of inward space you could not part with,
heaving it from you would have meant the fall
of your whole being: if you’d had the strength.

Rainer Maria Rilke, excerpt of The Presentation of Mary in the Temple (tr. by N. K. Cruickshank)

Original — Mußt du dich erst an eine Stelle rufen,
wo Säulen in dir wirken; wo du Stufen
nachfühlen kannst; wo Bogen voll Gefahr
den Abgrund eines Raumes überbrücken,
der in die blieb, weil er aus solchen Stücken
getürmt war, daß du sie nicht mehr aus dir
ausheben kannst: du rissest dich denn ein.


Florida Scrub Jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens) are found in upland scrub ecosystems unique to Florida ( also one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America). These area are the remnants of ancients dune when what is now Florida first appeared above sea level This ecosystem is one of the few in Florida that rarely floods, so it was the first to be developed for citrus groves and later for housing developments. Currently, habitat loss is still the main threat to Florida Scrub Jays but due to fragmented population, genetic diversity is likely to become a major issue.

Helen & Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary

Rockledge, FL