German Christmas Markets

Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt Thanksgiving is over—again. I’d rather not think about how many Thanksgiving Days I’ve been through, though each has been a blessing. Gratefulness is a gift we do not want to shun as it is the very joy of life. We delighted in family, food, and fun, as we realized family and friends are … Continue reading German Christmas Markets

Of Writers, Shakers, & Black Barns

Barn at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Tonight I am resting comfortably in Chillicothe, Ohio. No, I am not ill, only a bit tired. It has been a busy and wonderful last several days that began with the Ozarks Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. There I listened to two exciting keynote speakers, attended workshops, and … Continue reading Of Writers, Shakers, & Black Barns

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

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

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

The Shambles, York Minster, & Worried Sheep

Continuing our UK adventure and drifting at times down memory lane, I and my fellow travelers spent some of the 22nd, all of the 23rd, and a bit of the 24th in York. We traipsed along its ancient, cobbled streets on Friday (22nd) eventually finding our way to The Shambles, a street directly out of … Continue reading The Shambles, York Minster, & Worried Sheep

MINDING THE GAP in London

Growing up, I remember an awful lot of ministers admonishing us Christian congregates to ”stand in the gap” for others, but I fear that idea could confound a considerable number of Londoners who, as patrons of the Underground, are daily reminded by a fatherly voice “to mind the gap.” If they did, indeed, stand in … Continue reading MINDING THE GAP in London

The Brontes of Haworth, West Yorkshire

Parsonage home of the Bronte sisters and their curate father in West Yorkshire, England. "No coward soul is mine No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere..." wrote Emily Bronte in 1848. It was a remarkable time for herself, her elder sister Charlotte, and younger sister Anne. Each of the young women had recently published poetry … Continue reading The Brontes of Haworth, West Yorkshire