Friendship, Literature, Quote of the Day

Kindred Spirits

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”–Anne Shirley When I was a child, and like many young girls, I loved Lucy Maud Montgomery’s* stories of Anne (with an “e”) Shirley and her guardians, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, and… Continue reading Kindred Spirits

Book Review, Guest Post, War

Book Review By Seawriter: On Reading the Enemy’s Email

I'm grateful for the opportunity to post, with permission, my Ricochet friend Seawriter's book reviews here.  This one is particularly interesting, involving a book I haven't read yet, but which encompasses a subject dear to my heart, whether it be via a familial obligation, professional expertise, or simply a heartfelt interest. One of the most… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: On Reading the Enemy’s Email

Family, Family Matters, History, War

Jenny Alice May Mapson, R.I.P.

She was born in Birmingham on January 23, 1912, into an England that was rending itself apart. Suffragettes demanding a woman’s right to vote were chaining themselves to Parliament’s railings, smashing storefront windows in Oxford Street, and living-room windows in Downing Street. Newly-empowered Socialist labor unions were flexing their muscle, threatening strikes in coal mining,… Continue reading Jenny Alice May Mapson, R.I.P.

Animals, Farming, Pets and Livestock, Rural Living

Entertaining Angels: Life Comes Full Circle Edition

I had a peripatetic childhood, and by the time I finished high school I’d attended well over a dozen schools on three different continents, with time off for good behavior during a glorious year (in about third grade) where there wasn’t a school anywhere in sight. My mother, who was largely disinterested in her parenting… Continue reading Entertaining Angels: Life Comes Full Circle Edition

Book Review, Guest Post

Book Review by Seawriter: Kataklusmós, The Conclusion of an Epic Fantasy Trilogy

The first book of the trilogy, Toward the Gleam, appeared in 2011. A fantasy, the book’s premise was that J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth legendaria were based on actual events. Author T. M. Doran bases a central character on Tolkien--John Hill, who finds a prehistoric manuscript preserved over thousands of years. Set in the… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: Kataklusmós, The Conclusion of an Epic Fantasy Trilogy

History, Literature, Quote of the Day, Religion

“Lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon”

Happy January 21!  The sun has come up, the earth is still turning, and life goes on in these United States. Today is, according to legend, the 1717th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Agnes of Rome, patron saint of young girls and defender of the chaste.  Brutally murdered in AD 304 at the order… Continue reading “Lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon”

Literature, Quote of the Day

“You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!”

One of my favorite authors, Rudyard Kipling, died 85 years ago today. Eighty-five years. Lord, not all that long ago. I’m within two decades of that lived milestone myself. (I’m 66, for those of you who are keeping track, or who’d like to weigh in on what an irrelevant old hag I am.) On that… Continue reading “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!”

Book Review, Culture, Guest Post, War

Book Review by Seawriter: Why Men Fight

Why do men fight, and why are they willing to continue to fight to the last man, preferring death to surrender? T. E. Lawrence said men go to war “because the women were watching.” According to Michael Walsh, in his new book, Lawrence’s answer holds more truth than irony. Men fight for their families. Last… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: Why Men Fight