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Unless you live it, you can never judge it.

I had a really interesting experience this week.

I was reading a journal article about verse in the Icelandic sagas and came across the assertion that the use of verse as dialogue in GĂ­slasaga had to be a contrivance of the original author (there is an argument that GĂ­slasaga actually has two authors, but we won't go there right now). It was argued to be a contrivance because no one really speaks in impromptu verse.

I read that part twice and thought, 'Hang on, that's not right.' I wrote 'Really?' in the margin and moved on. Then I spoke to my mother later in the week to see if I was remembering correctly... You see, I remember that both my Icelandic grandparents spoke in impromptu verse. On spec, they would create verse in response to things people said. Mum confirmed this, and also told me that many of my grandmother's siblings did the same. In Iceland - at least in previous generations - people in, did fact, speak in verse as a matter of everyday dialogu…

Seizure, Symbol, and Some fence building.

It has been three weeks since my last blog post.

It's been a busy month.

Last time I wrote, we were in the middle of the school holidays. Since then, Erik had a birthday - his 16th! I've been giggling like a school girl every time I mention 'my 16 year old'. How can I possibly have a 16 year old? For his birthday, he took some friend to the movies and then out to eat.Gosh in less than two years time he'll be an adult. I've been doing my PhD longer than that!

Thirteen days ago, I woke up to strangers in my bedroom talking at me.

Even in my hazy state I knew they were ambos. It took me about half a second to realise why they were there and to think, 'Oh shit! Not again!' I'd had a seizure.

The last (and first) time I had a seizure was 12 years earlier, almost exactly.

Back in 2003, I was put on Dilantin, and then because I was still breastfeeding my 18 month old (much to the amusement of the GP, who believed firmly that Australian babies did not need …