Touchwood by Karin KallmakerTwenty-nine-year-old Rayann Germaine, betrayed by her lover, flees in grief and rage. She meets book store owner Louisa Thatcher, a woman many years her senior, who offers shelter and work... and soon, passion, and a loving place in her life.
But Rayann encounters challenges to this new love—from friends who question its wisdom, from her mother who disapproves of this liaison with a woman her own contemporary, from Louisas son who learns for the first time his mothers true sexuality.
And there are profound differences between Rayann and Louisa themselves, two women who come from dramatically different places in the spectrum of age and life experience. Their only common ground seems to be the searing attraction that they both try to deny...
Originally published by Naiad Press 1991. Second Bella Books edition 2012.
More commonly expressed as "knock on wood. Touch wood! Hopefully, touch wood, we'll continue to avoid sickness this winter. COMMON When you are talking about a good situation, you say touch wood to mean that you hope this continues and that you will not have bad luck. She's such a healthy, happy child, touch wood. She's never even been to the doctor's. So far, knock wood, everything seems good.
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Few people know why they do it, but still today when we mention something good that we would like to see happen in the future, many of us touch or knock on wood twice to keep from jinxing the expected good fortune. Where this tradition comes from is a long debated argument, however, below we have cited a few possible theories. One explanation states that the tradition derived from the Pagans who thought that trees were the homes of fairies, spirits, dryads and many other mystical creatures. In these instances, people might knock or touch wood to request good luck, or to distract spirits with evil intentions. When in need of a favour or some good luck, one politely mentioned this wish to a tree and then touched the bark, representing the first "knock. Alternatively, some traditions have it that by knocking upon wood, you would awaken and release the benevolent wood fairies that dwelt there.
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This will not post anything on Facebook or anywhere else. In case you've ever had a thought about a remotely unfortunate event and then spent next few seconds in desperate search for wood to touch and announce, "Touch wood," for the universe's good graces to fall upon you; we have a story to tell. Here are a few interesting facts about the 'knock on wood' superstition and the origins of its influence on different cultures around the world. The origins of the superstition stem usually from western folklore but are also speculated to be part of Germanic folklore. The Germanic origins believe trees or wood to be the residence of Dryads nymphs that can be evoked for protection. In India most of us are familiar with the phrase, " Nazar na lag jaaye, " when one attempts to hope for a fortunate statement to not turn around. Synonymous with that sentiment is also the use of 'touch wood'.
Q From Mike Gast : What is the origin and true meaning of knock on wood or touch wood? The origin is unknown, though some writers have pointed to pre-Christian rituals involving the spirits of sacred trees such as the oak, ash, holly or hawthorn. Others have sought a meaning in which the wood symbolises the timber of the cross, but this may be a Christianisation of an older ritual. The phrase itself is relatively modern, as the oldest citation for the British version of the phrase, touch wood , that I can find dates only from The American equivalent knock on wood is roughly contemporary, with my first example from