Hello World!

I am a retired Army wife, English teacher, and professional librarian, as well as a mother and grandmother, living on a ranch in Central Texas with my husband and cat Brigit, named for the Celtic goddess of poetry and cows. I hold an M.A. in English/Creative Studies and an M.S. in Library Science (Beta Phi … Continue reading Hello World!

Natick, MA; Peabody Sisters; and Missing Books

Charles River in Natick A home in Natick. “What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”  ~Jane Austen Summer has come back with a vengeance here in our part of Texas after a cool, fall respite. Well, it hasn’t spread its 100+ temperatures around again—yet, but that tantalizing … Continue reading Natick, MA; Peabody Sisters; and Missing Books

Longfellow and Emerson as “Historians”

North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. Minute Man Monument dedicated in 1837 (far side). I readily admit it. I am a patriot. I do not pretend to be an historian but do enjoy American (United States) History. In particular, I relish the colonial and revolutionary periods as well as the early days of our republic. I … Continue reading Longfellow and Emerson as “Historians”

Autumn, Concord, and Transcendentalism

WALDEN POND Ah. Autumn is in the air, so, of course, I am sipping coffee and eating candy pumpkins. We’ve had rain of late and much cooler weather—no 100-degree temperatures in sight for at least a week now. When I think of autumn, I begin to think of the glories of New England where the … Continue reading Autumn, Concord, and Transcendentalism

Richmond, North Yorkshire–Summer 2022

The Town of Richmond, North Yorkshire, England as viewed from an area hill. We’ve been home from our sojourn in England and Scotland now for around a month. I planned to write more about Richmond, North Yorkshire, as soon as I got home and had more time to organize my thoughts rather than write on … Continue reading Richmond, North Yorkshire–Summer 2022

LOUISA: THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF MRS. ADAMS

Thomas, Louisa. Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams 2016. 500 pp. Penguin Press ISBN 9781594204630 In this biography of Mrs. John Quincy Adams, Louisa Thomas provides a front-seat, panoramic view of world-changing history within the scope of a woman’s personal story, a woman with hopes and dreams and, yet, a destiny, perhaps, she would … Continue reading LOUISA: THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF MRS. ADAMS

Things I Learned in a Scottish Graveyard

            One does not require “schooling” to learn. It often helps though—and with good teachers, it helps considerably. Knowledgeable people willing to share, educational places, and instructional things surround us. I have known and know now some highly educated, erudite individuals having not a single degree to their names and a few without a diploma, … Continue reading Things I Learned in a Scottish Graveyard

WRITING STORIES in North Yorkshire

Our family's recent sentimental journey to the UK, especially to Yorkshire, reminded me of the short story I wrote while living near Richmond, North Yorkshire. The story, published in Family, The Magazine for Military Wives (Military Family Communications, Inc., New York, NY, 1989) had nothing to do with North Yorkshire really, except that there were … Continue reading WRITING STORIES in North Yorkshire