Katlyn writes about history, travel, and culture… with some snark. www.KatlynRoberts.com.

Past Is Prologue

What a princess, a knight, and an evil dragon can teach us about Covid-19

A CGI of a dragon breathing fire while flying in the air against a dark cloudy background.
Photo: Coneyl Jay/Getty Images

We have not even to risk the adventure alone for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we had thought to find an abomination we shall find God. And where…

This. Changes. Everything.

Mitri the Scribe looking fresh as ever.

Mitri the Scribe was once the highest-paid servant of Pharaoh Unas in the 24th century BC. He was the guy you went to if you wanted a temple built, or a letter written, or if you needed a funny idea for a personalized license plate. …

Check in with your audience and avoid shouting into the void

Photo by Wynand van Poortvliet on Unsplash

According to a study by Microsoft, humans now have an attention span of eight seconds. Eight seconds! Don’t ask me for details on the study, I only skimmed it. And please don’t click away to that study link, I only included it so you’d believe me.

Anyway, if you’ve made…

The inevitability (and responsibility) of getting swept up in another country’s politics.

A Catalonian Independence protest/general strike. Photo by NOTAVANDAL on Unsplash

Two years ago, I stood on my apartment balcony in Barcelona, Spain, and watched a group of 40–50 young people with dark clothes and bandanas tied around their faces as they dragged every nearby dumpster from the sidewalks to the middle of the crosswalks and set them on fire. …

OMG, they were tomb-mates.

Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, as depicted in their tomb in the necropolis at Saqqara, Egypt

I’m going to rip the bandaid off real quick here by letting all my gaybies know that there is significant (as in “much”, not “important”) debate about the nature of the relationship between Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, two royal manicurists whose shared tomb was discovered at Saqqara, Egypt in 1964. …

A celebration of science and spirit.

Interior of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Architect-Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Photo by Eleonora Albasi on Unsplash

I’ve started a little tradition for myself. I never leave La Sagrada Familia Cathedral without sitting down in a pew and meditating, specifically on what it means to live a sacred life.

I’m not a religious person, but I think a sacred life means looking up and around at your…

And why you feel like an a-hole for complaining about it now.

Martyrdom of Saint Ciricus and his mother Juliitta represented in the Romanesque antependium (frontal altar), known as the Durro antependium, dated to the mid-12th century, originally from the Sant Quirc de Durro chapel in the Vall de Boí area in Alta Ribagorça in Catalonia, Spain, now on display in the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona, ​​Catalonia, Spain. Photo courtesy of the author… who will never un-see it and now you can’t either.

Churches in Europe are on a whole other level, man. And yet I’m somehow drawn to them like I was to the Cinnabon shop back at the mall in Tucson. There’s something irresistible about an over-opulent assault on the senses mixed with guilt and bodily hostility.

I can’t believe I…

It’s great, actually. Everything’s fine. Nothing excruciating to see here.

Photo by Alina Grubnyak on Unsplash

As a previously healthy and semi-vital Long-Haul Covid sufferer, I’m asking myself several key questions these days:

  1. WTFishappening?!Whywon’tthisstop?!WhatdidIdotodeservethis?!Owowowowow!
  2. By the time experts know more about the long-term effects of this, am I going to be an irreversible pile of mush? Or worse, a dead pile of mush? …

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