Sheep, Spelt & a Medieval Church

On Tuesday we traveled to Dartmoor National Park where the sheep roam free, the roads are narrow, the turns are blind and the speed limit is 60 kph. I've never been on a moor and very much felt like Jane Eyre trekking in the rain. Does it always rain on the moors? Seems to in…

Adventures in Torquay

I'm back in the UK and have been sharing pictures of my adventure(s) via twitter. As it's raining today, I thought I'd take the time to share several more. My traveling companions and I arrived in Torquay on Friday and checked into this converted Victorian house for the duration of our stay in England. Torquay…

A Discovery of Witches Begins

"It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.” – Deborah Harkness If you are not yet a fan of the All Souls Trilogy, now is the time to get onboard. Bad Wolf Productions, the company producing the television adaptation, and Deborah Harkness, author of…

Cartwheels & Eclipses

So, how did you celebrate the most amazing cosmic event in 2017 – at least in our infinitesimal part of the solar system? If you're outside the United States, it probably wasn't very exciting. If you were outside the zone of totality, it may have been almost as 'unexciting.' I reside in the 75% eclipse…

Where there are trees, there is hope

Here's a story to help relieve your fear and/or anger – if you should have any. The short documentary below is about Jadav Payeng, a local of Majuli Island. Majuli Island is part of India and lies in the Brahmaputra River. According to wikipedia, the island's size started out at 483 sq. miles but has been…

Charles Dickens says …

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it…

Winter is Here … Then the Fall

My three favorite shows (of all time) begin their 7th, 3rd and 8th seasons this year. As I wait for the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones to begin, I can't help but compare it to Outlander (premiering its 3rd season on September 10th) and The Walking Dead (most likely premiering sometime in October on…

Pardon my French, but …. Oh la vache!

Politics. Politics. Politics. Everyone in the United States hasn't been as passionate about politics since probably around 1776 (I'm sad and sorry to say). It's both a good and a bad thing. But I don't want to talk about the geopolitical ramifications of the G7 Summit taking place in Italy. I want to talk about something much more…

Shakespeare Saves Lives

"Shakespeare has the power to educate convicted killers and help them examine the choices they made that landed them here – and how to avoid making those choices again." No one would be more surprised than William Shakespeare to learn his words could mean so much to a group of inmates 400 years after his…

Now or Later?

I woke up this morning and started my day – took Biscuit for a walk, cleaned the cat box, prepared Biscuit's breakfast then my own. Animals first. Always first. My cat Susie eats at odd times throughout the day, but Biscuit won't eat unless I'm in the room. If I put his bowl down and go…

Four Books Walk Into A Bar

Four books walk into a bar. (Tell me if you've heard this one.) A Rom-Com, a Chick-Lit, a Vic-Lit and a YA. The Rom-Com has been telling jokes since they all packed into an Uber. Harback YA cracked a few, but they went over Rom-Com and Chick-Lit's heads. Vic-Lit had simply smiled and shaken her head at all three…

And Now This Message

I posted these words on Facebook earlier today. I encourage anyone not interested in climate change to stop reading and continue about your day . . . for as many days as you have left. (Yes, that's a joke.) Cool. If you are still reading, thanks. I especially want to thank my international blog followers. Though you…