Eric Marcarelli

Software Developer, Writer, Painter

The Fort

August 08, 2010 by Eric Marcarelli in Nature, Poems, Writing 0 comments
Deep in the dense army of green, Beyond the swift and twisting stream, Well hidden this place too few have seen: Composed of twisted branches, bushes, and beam. Through long summer days well spent, Through heat and rain it never bent. This place in time now lost, But never forgotten.

The Robbery

August 08, 2010 by Eric Marcarelli in Short Stories, Writing 0 comments
This is a short play rather than a story, but being my only one, it doesn’t warrant a new category. Late at night in a darkened kitchen. Sam enters and moves towards the fridge. Sam: What do I want? ENTER CHUCK THE ROBBER Chuck: Oh dear, an inhabitant ahead. Sam: Who are you? Chuck: Never mind, continue your conversation with the fridge. Sam: What? Chuck: You know, I’m quite thirsty. Are you going to get something or are you just trying to cool the room?

The Mouse

August 08, 2010 by Eric Marcarelli in Short Stories 0 comments
It was cold and the wind rattled the windows. I was very pleased with the house, and the owner answered all my queries openly, even enthusiastically. “Anything else?” his smile rounded his cheeks. “I noticed a hole in the wall,” I said. His voice lowered. “We have a small rodent problem,” he said. “But it’s nothing a few traps won’t fix,” he said more firmly. I smiled. I wasn’t worried. Would you be?

The Medieval Understanding of the Black Plague

August 08, 2010 by Eric Marcarelli in History, Writing 0 comments
This is an essay I wrote for my class on the history of medicine. It provides a window on the fascinating world of medieval thought. While it has a strongly academic flavor, I think it avoids being dense. If you’re doing undergraduate world on the Plague you may find it useful for its use of many of the available primary sources. The numbers in brackets refer to the notes below the text. The most devastating outbreak of the Black Plague struck Europe from 1347 to 1350 and is estimated to have killed between thirty and fifty percent of the population.[1] Modern science reveals that the plague was caused primarily by bubonic plague spread through fleas carried on rats. A pneumonic form of the plague that could be spread between humans also existed, and some historians believe that other diseases such as anthrax may have operated in conjunction with bubonic plague.[2] Lacking this scientific understanding, medieval Europeans turned to religion, astrological and humoral theories, and allegations of conspiracy to explain the devastation that consumed their world. While largely ineffective in preventing or treating the plague, these ideas probably did provide some comfort and even some sense of control by attempting to […]

Nature, Humanity, Myth, and Experience on the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail

August 08, 2010 by Eric Marcarelli in Nature, Writing 0 comments
Mornings begin cold and dark for in the late fall. I often go out walking before the sun rises and wander the sides of roads past rows of houses lit by the moon and an occasional street light. On days when I am fortunate enough to walk at dawn I almost invariably choose the same destination: the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail at Lakeside Park. This trail, which passes by a lake and through a forest, provides a continual source of experiences with nature. I come to nature with a firmly scientific view of life’s origins in evolution, and believe nature can be used as an inspiration to help humans construct meaning and purpose in their lives. Strictly speaking, humans are as much a part of nature as any other animals, but for the sake of avoiding unwieldy language I will use this term as a shorthand for describing places and creatures that have been left free, or mostly free, of human development. It is easy sometimes to be swept up by the conveniences of modern life and become disconnected from the natural world. Certainly, the progress of technology and the myriad benefits humanity can gain by exploiting natural resources contribute […]