Mythological "rebirth" character

Do any of you know of a mythological character/creature symbolizing rebirth or renewal, preferably originating in North America? Something like the Egyptian/Asian phoenix (although not necessarily a bird).

My story is set in a central western US city (not Phoenix, heh) in the distant future, and I need an symbolic name for the town. I've tried Googling phoenix mythology, North American rebirth/renewal myths, Mexican/Central American myths, etc., but I get sooo many pages of results waxing poetic about the phoenix that I'm not finding anything -- I'm hoping that one of you smart people just happens to know this off the top of your head.

Tension between bishop and count in 12th century + existence of "chaplains"

Hello everyone,

I'm not so much looking for answers to a question here as advice and suggestions (hope that's ok).

My situation is this :

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There that is all (sorry for the long post).

Thank you greatly to anyone who answer and make suggestions.

Internal bleeding surgery - time?

How long does surgery take for internal bleeding of the abdomen? Patient is male, 45, in pretty good shape (exercises regularly), had to stab himself in the left side of his abdomen (bellybutton level) with a butcher knife. Went in about half way. How many hours would the surgery take in general?

Search terms: combinations of "internal bleeding abdominal surgery time"

Titles of parents in Syria

I have a slightly futuristic (set in 2065) story I'm working on with a first-generation British-Syrian character in lead. The whole family is bilingual, but the character and his siblings always address their parents in Arabic and still use a lot of Syrian terminology.

I'm looking for Syrian-used monikers for his parents that are less formal than "mother" and "father" but not as childish as "mummy and daddy". Basically, the equivalent of calling them "mum" and "dad" if they are available. (And if possible, confirmation whether Tette and/or Sitto are the correct word for grandmother for that part of the world)

Various dictionaries and language sites have provided the standard formal words for both parents in Arabic, but it's also very generic and I know it can vary slightly from country to country. During my searching I've seen father as Abu/Appi/Baba and mum as Omme/Umma/Ummi/Oma across multiple countries but never a specific one for someone from Syria.

Standard search terms include: "syrian words for family members" "arabic family titles" "syrian words for mother and father" "how to address parents in syria"

Thanks in advance :)

Glasgow slang, common phrases

Hey, all! I am writing a story in which one of the main characters is from Glasgow and has been living in London for the past 12 years. She's in her late 20s, and I'm looking for some slang or phrases that I can throw in every now and again. One I'm looking for specifically is a word or phrase that means that she's playfully teasing someone, but I would love to have some other words and phrases in my back pocket for later on in the story, especially any that her Londoner girlfriend might tease her for.

And two quick questions about some phrases I've found in my research:
1. is the term "roister-doister" actually used?
2. would she greet a woman she fancies by saying "awright, darling?"

I have been looking at Scottish slang dictionaries online and watching YouTube videos of slang, but I'm worried that I will pick some that are severely out of date or uncommon. Any help would be majorly appreciated! Thanks a bunch!

[Anon Post] Polish and Russian Food during/just after WWII

[Mod Note (7/15/17): Your mod would like to offer a blanket apology for taking so long to post anonymous questions lately. I promise to be more on top of this.]

I have a couple of characters whose history is that they were twins from an Ashkenazi family who started out in Poland, fled to Russia in the war to escape the Nazi occupation, and then returned briefly to Poland postwar. Then in 1946 a combination of human nastiness and Weird Magic Shit happened and they ended up in a kind of really shitty fairyland for unaging years.

One of them is a girl and after the Weird Shit happens one of her coping mechanisms becomes cooking; specifically, cooking the way she learned herself, from her own mother. Food and memory go hand in hand so much; cooking the things she remembers is a way of keeping hold of her humanity and her memories of having a family. What I need to know is what kind of food that would be. I've looked at Wikipedia's articles on Polish and Ashkenazi cuisine but those are both about modern food; I need to know what kind of things would have been available in the scarcer times of the war and its aftermath. The twins were fifteen in 1946, born in 1931, so the things my character would have learned to cook would have been heavily shaped by the lean times she lived in.

This is my first time here, so I hope that I have not made any goofs!

Criminally insane psych patients - how much outside contact is allowed?

Time/Place: A large American city on the west coast, in the mid-1990s
Search terms used: "mental health facility security", "criminally insane security measures", "psychiatric patient contact", "psychiatric patient letters", "can insanity defense patients send letters"

I'm currently working on a fanfiction story, set in a universe that is fairly comicbook-y. However, I want to keep the little details realistic where I can, since suspension of disbelief can only go so far.

Character A is a recently-arrested domestic terrorist who has been placed under high security in a psychiatric facility, on the grounds that he's both mentally unfit to stand trial and very physically dangerous (but intelligent and capable of being calm when he wants to). However, he has an accomplice, Character B, who the authorities don't know about and is still on the outside.

I'm trying to figure out a way for Character B to reach out to Character A while he's confined and help him plan his eventual escape, while still concealing B's identity from the police (Character A has usually been a solo operator and voluntarily cut off from society, so the police don't have reason to immediately think someone would help him). I had the idea of them possibly exchanging coded letters that use a popular science journal as a cipher (B could send A new issues periodically), but I don't know if that's something the facility staff would tolerate, or how closely they'd scrutinize any mail that came in or out.

Most of my online searching has turned up rules for ordinary mental health patients, or else just general discussion about the rights of the criminally insane. Since this isn't set in our exact United States, it doesn't need to follow exact rules or laws, but a solid outline of what kind of outside contact and correspondence is usually allowed for known-to-be-dangerous mental health patients would be helpful.

Edit: I should have clarified: the authorities do know B's identity, just not that she's helping A. She was present when he was captured (and briefly injured and hospitalized), but they let her go because they thought she was a bystander caught in the crossfire. If she continued to have open contact with him, though, especially visiting him in person, they'd probably get suspicious.

Police officer from Los Angeles working in Pasadena?

As part of a long fanfic series I've written over several years I want an LAPD officer to visit the home of someone who I've previously said lives in Pasedena. This isn't a search or anything, I just need her to visit the house and notice something.

What I've come up with as the reason for the visit is that there's been a jury-tampering case in Pasadena and the character's name has been mysteriously removed from a couple of lists of eligible jurors (There's an explanation for this - someone else rigging the system to keep the character from getting tied up in long trials, not related to the other jury-tampering - but it isn't important).

What I need is a plausible reason for an LAPD officer to be working in Pasadena and assigned to this case. I don't want the police officer to transfer to the Pasadena police department permanently - it isn't incredibly important, but it would be against the canon of this particular character. My original explanation for this was that the Pasadena PD wanted the jury-tampering investigated by outsiders who were not involved in any of the relevant trials, but that feels a bit weak. Another possibility is that the police officer is assigned to a task force investigating similar jury tampering in Los Angeles, Pasedena, and other cities in the area, but it feels like that would be the US Department of Justice, not local police departments.

Can anyone suggest a better reason?

Searches I've tried so far:

pasadena police officer working for LAPD
lateral officer pasadena
LAPD and Pasadena PD cooperation


later - it looks like this one isn't going to work - I think I'll have them meet on neutral ground instead. Thanks to everyone who commented.

Self-inflicted vs accidental stab wound

I have a relatively healthy 45 year old male in pretty good physical shape who stabs himself in the lower left abdomen with a butcher knife. He's not trying to kill himself, but the reason he does this is related to the supernatural. Therefore, no one can really tell the truth about why he did it since no one will believe them. His friend concocts a story that he was coming down the stairs and stumbled and fell on the knife. My question is would the medical personnel involved in patching him up be able to tell they (the guy and his friends) were lying?

Research terms: self inflicted stab wound, accidental vs self inflicted wound/injury

Everything that came up in my search was self-inflicted vs assault-inflicted stab wound. I couldn't find anything that detailed the characteristics of accidental stab wounds vs self-inflicted, except that someone who stabs himself in the gut usually moves his shirt aside before he does it. This guy will not be doing that; he stabs right through his shirt.

A couple of things that could muddy the waters: One of the friends who is there when this all goes down will have some red irritation marks on his wrists because he has spent the last 2-3 days handcuffed to a piece of furniture. Also, this is a Real Person Fic; the 45 year old had a heroin problem in the late '90s and overdosed in 2001. As far as anyone knows, he hasn't touched heroin since then, but because he's famous, the medical personnel would be able to find out this happened with a few simple Google searches. Would these factors make the doctors and nurses suspicious that something hinky went on here?

Basically, I want to know if there's something about accidental vs self-inflicted stab wounds that would give away their lie.
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hiding places in/around american hospitals

When: Modern day, realistic
Where: Non-specified major American city

Characters A and B are nurses in a large hospital. Character A has to hide a small, physical object (a jump drive about the size of a lipstick) quickly in or around the hospital where they work, and she decides to entrust it to Character B, but she does not have time to meet him in person for the transfer, or even to contact him to tell him to look for it. She needs to be reasonably sure that it will reach him relatively quickly and not be intercepted by someone else (staff, patient, police, etc.). I need him to get/find it days to weeks after she hides/sends it, and while there can exist the possibility that someone else would have come across it before he gets to it, I need her to be sure that what she's doing is safe. I thought about some sort of internal mail system, but (a) that's not going to cause the delay I need, and (b) I think she would consider that too risky re: interception. I thought about her hiding it in some sort of machine/monitor in a patient's room, but I think (a) that does not seem very safe, and she has to think it's safe, and (b) there's only a small chance that he'll come across it quickly.

I went through the usa: health care and hospitals tag in this community, and did Internet searches on variations of hospital hiding places, hospital internal mail, hospital internal mailboxes, hospital nurse communication, hiding something in a hospital, etc., and there's nothing even close to what I'm looking for. (Most of the results are about either email or person-to-person verbal communication.)

I very much appreciate your help.