Map of the spread of the plague, Google.
I have always been fascinated by the plague, it's spread, and the economic changes in the aftermath of a devastating wave of death. David Herlihy's book "The Black Death" explores this subject in terrifying detail, and even compares it to the AIDS epidemic, although I'm a bit surprised he did not mention Ebola or Lassa fever. If you are morbidly interested as well, you might want to check it out from the library, although I purchased a copy for a pittance (less than $5) from Amazon.
In other, less terrifying news, I was saddened (but not surprised) that my anthropology professor announced that he intends to retire at the end of next year. I really don't have a fixed age for him, but I do know that he is less than 80, but by how much I've no idea. He is truly a dedicated educator. His wife is termially ill with stage 4 cancer, and has been going through chemo every 2 (or 3?) months, and he mentioned that she is one of the longest survivors of this particular form of treatment. They want some time to do some traveling and other things "before something happens". Which I find very interesting, since many of the people I know ~ that are near my age ~ worked only until they figured they could retire, apparently because they disliked what they were doing. This man loves what he does. I plan to take classes with him as long as I can. I think he feels a bit out of the loop with his contemporaries, thinking that his ideas are passé, but as a fan, I must say I think his ideas are refreshing and down to earth, logical.
Me Mum, who recently had a partitial hip replacement, had to go back for more surgery, as her incision became infected and opened up (all the way to the bone, shudder). So, now we are waiting to see how well the healing progresses. If all goes well, she'll be discharged for further physical therapy in a week to 10 days. ****I love her, she is quite unique, but like so many of her generation, excersize is not a high priority. Her situation would not exist if she had stuck to a routine of some sort.....such as the original excersize, walking. She had lost so much of her strength, the fall was catostrophic.
Well, that is all for now....enjoy your week!