A Year In England – January

January is not my favorite month. Never has been. After the holiday lights and decorations that brighten dark December evenings are put away, the cold, gray days of January seem to stretch on forever. Yet, January also begins a new year and the hope of a fresh start. In January 1989, nearly half-way through my … Read more A Year In England – January

A Year In England – December – Lockerbie

December 1988 – The short days of winter, which have never been my favorite, made lighter by  Christmas decorations. After several years of having a four-foot tall artificial tree on my dining table, a live tree stood in the middle of the combination lounge/dining room. Decorated with borrowed lights and tinsel, some of my jewelry, … Read more A Year In England – December – Lockerbie

A Year In England – November: Beverley

A Year In England November: Beverley with images of medieval minstrel figures

November 1988 saw me more settled into the house, the village, and England. There were still plenty of new things going on. The first trip to Scotland was a visit to Edinburgh, St. Andrews and Aberdeen. Thanksgiving was the first holiday I celebrated outside the States. It was a bit surreal to realize that for … Read more A Year In England – November: Beverley

A Year In England – October

A Year In England October with tree on village green in Cranswick, East Yorkshire, England

The picture window in the lounge looked out on the village green and directly in my view was the large tree. It was one of the first things I saw each morning, whether collecting fresh milk by the front door or opening the curtains in the lounge. Daily I watched the leaves make their annual … Read more A Year In England – October

A Year In England – September

A Year In England September

September 1988 – my first full month in England A lot of new things to experience: bottles of fresh milk on my doorstep in the morning, lighting a coal fire, turning on the boiler to heat water and warm the house (and turning it off to save the oil in the tank outside, and driving … Read more A Year In England – September

List of Links August 2018

List of Links for Curious Minds August 2018

Below are links to interesting articles I found during the month of August 2018. An interesting theme appeared this month: libraries, book, and reading. There’s also a couple of spy stories and a republished cookbook that can teach you to cook like a suffragette! Enjoy. ‘Spectacular’ ancient public library discovered in Germany While excavating in … Read more List of Links August 2018

Road Map Skills: A Personal Essay

Paper road map of the United States

On a warm Sunday morning, Daddy parked our blue Buick by the back door and opened the trunk. Handing him my suitcase, he added it to the other luggage in the massive compartment. Back in the house, I picked up a couple of books, a stack of Teen and Tiger Beat magazines, and the pillow … Read more Road Map Skills: A Personal Essay