Beauty, Family, Feminism, Love, Womanly Feminism

My “Feminist” Fever Dream

I am the grandmother of an eight-year-old girl. Technically, she is my step-granddaughter, though the distinction makes no difference, I assure you. Her mother is my stepdaughter and beloved friend. Her first few years have not been idyllic. And she’s had to learn to be a little tougher than I would like, a little earlier than I would… Continue reading My “Feminist” Fever Dream

Poetry, Quote of the Day

On Karma

Longfellow called it "Retribution" Though the mills of God grind slowly, Yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience he stands waiting, With exactness grinds he all. I've seen this play out more times than can could possibly be accounted for by chance. As someone else--Thomas Fuller, maybe--said: As virtue is its own reward, so… Continue reading On Karma

Book Review, Guest Post, History

Book Review By Seawriter: From The River To The Sea–A Tale of a Real Shooting Railroad War

Railroad rivalries played a significant role in nineteenth-century US history. No rivalry was as intense or bitter as the one between the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, and the Denver and Rio Grande railroads.  At times it erupted into actual gunfire. From the River to the Sea: The Untold Story of the Railroad War That… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: From The River To The Sea–A Tale of a Real Shooting Railroad War

Family, Family Matters, Friendship, Love, Quote of the Day

Family Matters: On Life’s Vicissitudes

Into each life, some rain must fall. But not into ours. Our lives are where the garbage is delivered. — Jenny Today (June 10) is Jenny's birthday.  And so I repost this, in her honor, and that of the occasion. Ever have one of those days, weeks, months, years, decades, when it seems as though… Continue reading Family Matters: On Life’s Vicissitudes

Education, Plain Speaking, Politics, Woke

There’s A Reason It’s Pronounced “Maudlin”

Telegraph breaking news: Queen becomes latest victim of cancel culture as portrait is removed from Oxford college. The Queen has become the latest victim of cancel culture after students at an Oxford College voted to remove her portrait. The Queen’s likeness hung in the middle common room (MCR) of Magdalen College, which has a long association with members of… Continue reading There’s A Reason It’s Pronounced “Maudlin”

Book Review, Guest Post, Science Fiction

Book Review by Seawriter: An Unconventional Admiral in a Critical Assignment–Governor, by Weber & Fox

Rear Admiral Terrence Murphy is the son of a famous admiral who died winning a critical battle in a decades-long war between the Terran Federation and the Terran League. Recently, Terrence Murphy won his own battle. That minor success does not erase his reputation as a clothes horse and a fop, but it is enough… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: An Unconventional Admiral in a Critical Assignment–Governor, by Weber & Fox

Family, History, War

Auntie Pat Weighs In On the 75th Anniversary of Operation Overlord–Two Years On

This post is two years old--from June 6, 2019, but the sentiments, and the gratitude, to all those who served in the Allied armed forces, and to all those who endured the "miserable slog" on the home front--never grow old.  Thank you. (Auntie Pat will be 98 years old next month; may she live forever.)… Continue reading Auntie Pat Weighs In On the 75th Anniversary of Operation Overlord–Two Years On

Cooking, Culture, Food and Drink, Travel

Kap He Chom Khrueang Khao Wan–กาพย์เห่ชมเครื่องคาวหวาน

The title of today's post, Kap He Chom Khrueang Khao Wan, means, in English, "A Procession Poem Admiring Sweet and Savory Dishes," and refers to a poem written by Siam's (now known as Thailand) Prince Itsarasunthon--later King Rama II--in 1800. The opening stanza, translated by Heather Arndt Anderson, goes like this: Massaman, a curry made… Continue reading Kap He Chom Khrueang Khao Wan–กาพย์เห่ชมเครื่องคาวหวาน