The Celebration of Wassail

December 14th, 2013


Wassail! wassail! all over the town,
Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown;
Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree;
With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink to thee.

A bit of history – history that sounds very pagan – from Southern England.

In the cider-producing counties in the South West of England (primarily Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire) or South East England (Kent, Sussex, Essex and Suffolk) wassailing refers to a traditional ceremony that involves singing and drinking the health of trees in the hopes that they might better thrive. The purpose of wassailing is to awaken the cider apple trees and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn.

The ceremonies of each wassail vary from village to village but they generally all have the same core elements. A wassail King and Queen lead the song and/or a processional tune to be played/sung from one orchard to the next; the wassail Queen is then lifted into the boughs of the tree where she places toast soaked in wassail from the clayen cup as a gift to the tree spirits (and to show the fruits created the previous year). In some counties the youngest boy or “Tom Tit” will stand in for the Queen and hang the cider soaked toast in the tree. Then an incantation is usually recited.
A folktale from Somerset reflecting this custom tells of the “Apple Tree Man”, the spirit of the oldest apple tree in an orchard, and in whom the fertility of the orchard is said to reside. In the tale a man offers his last mug of mulled cider to the trees in his orchard and is rewarded by the Apple Tree Man who reveals to him the location of buried treasure.

Bismarck’s Colorful Life Inspires Fiction Book

April 24th, 2013

Here is the news release – more to come as things unwind – CH

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) April 15, 2013 - Whahaha Intl. is pleased to announce the launch of its latest book ‘Toulouse, Toujours’ – a searing and cleverly written roman à clef by Chadwick Hagan that is loosely based on the tumultuous, sometimes comical and often tragic life of Count Gottfried von Bismarck-Schönhausen.

A wonderfully decadent and graphically descriptive novel that explores humanity in a highly original and insightful manner. The reader is given – quite literally – a bird’s eye view of what happens in this strange, sometimes dark, yet undeniably intriguing world. There is also an underlying animal rights message.

‘Toulouse, Toujours’ is part one of a fast-paced trilogy brimming with exhilarating descriptive narratives that will take the reader deep into the heart of central London’s famed Belgravia district, which has long been known for its impressive residences and remains one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world.

In Toulouse, an insightful yet delightfully unexpected observer gives a colorful account of the sights and sounds of the city’s posh SW1 and SW3 districts – and of the goings on in and around the Belgravia home of the wealthy and highly eccentric character of Lord Louis

Bancroft’s lifestyle exhibits more than just a passing resemblance to von Bismarck’s. From sensual descriptions of London itself and the mansion’s impressive gardens, to animated chronicles of the often drug-fueled antics of Lord Bancroft and other local characters, ‘Toulouse, Toujours’ is a uniquely intellectual work that manages to take the reader on a wild ride through the torrid world of the über-wealthy.

“This began as a musical endeavor. I partnered with a composer for a project and was writing a playbook,” shared author Chadwick Hagan. “Then I came across the obituary of Bismarck and realized he was perfect.”

This is Chadwick Hagan‘s first book. His influences range from Ludwig Bemelmans to George Plimpton. Aside from writing, Hagan is a serial entrepreneur based in Atlanta. He travels frequently with his wife and lived in Central London as a student.

Toulouse, Toujours‘ is available now at the Kindle store and will be available in hardcover this summer. Translations will be available in German, Russian and Italian. The second installment ‘Concorde de la Concordia’ will be released this fall.

Nothing Happens Suddenly

March 28th, 2013

From Yehuda Berg….

Thursday March 28, 2013

It’s sometimes tough to accept, but nothing happens suddenly. We don’t awaken one day and find a full grown tree in our front lawn, because in the world of physicality, there is always a process.

Every action we make plants a seed in our lives that will manifest something positive or negative.

A good deed today may manifest a blessing later when it is needed most.

That’s as religious as we get here!

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New Blog & Site Redesign

January 21st, 2013

The site will be going through a reconstruction this quarter and transformed into an author specific site.
Chad has launched a new blog entitled “chaganomics” – please visit often and stay tuned for many new updates.


September 24th, 2012

Looks interesting… stay tuned for more.