Beauty, Family, Plain Speaking, Womanly Feminism

Growing Up Ginger, Redux

Some recent, and to my mind, quite moronic comments about female ugliness, elsewhere on the web, got me reminiscing about one of my mother's favorite sayings: "A woman of 40 gets the face she deserves." I went looking for its source some days ago, and found it attributed to a 1957 Los Angeles Times interview… Continue reading Growing Up Ginger, Redux

Book Review, Guest Post, Mystery

Book Review By Seawriter: A British Police Procedural Updated for the Present Time

The British police procedural is one of the most popular forms of detective fiction. The twentieth century brought Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse and P. D. James’s Adam Dagliesh. There are many others, including some set in the nineteenth century. Queen of Swords, by Robert Mills, brings the genre into the twenty-first century. Senior nurse Jenny… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: A British Police Procedural Updated for the Present Time

Plain Speaking

Crimenutely

Telegraph exclusive: Harry and Meghan rejected Earl of Dumbarton title for Archie for containing word 'dumb.' In case you fall victim to the Telegraph paywall, further information as follows: Sources reveal they declined to use the title as they feared their son would be bullied or attract unfortunate nicknames These are the same people who… Continue reading Crimenutely

Education, History, Politics, Quote of the Day

Regarding Stories

"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” — Rudyard Kipling In the days before it was fashionable for entire generations of people to believe that the world came into being on the day that they were born, and ended on the day that they died, and that it… Continue reading Regarding Stories

Culture, Music

As the Miller Told His Tale: From Chaucer to Procol Harum

The author of the song has denied the connection.  I'm not sure I believe him. https://youtu.be/St6jyEFe5WM (A performance from PH as geezers, which points up the classical references in the song, one of the seminal influences of rock music on my youth.  A youth in which rock music wasn't much of a seminal influence, but… Continue reading As the Miller Told His Tale: From Chaucer to Procol Harum

Family Matters, Quote of the Day

Summer Daze

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery Eventually, quite boring, I expect.  But I do understand the sentiment.  Even though we’re sweltering here in the mid-90s at the moment, with humidity almost as high, and I’ve assumed my English “summer privilege,” which… Continue reading Summer Daze

Culture, Plain Speaking, Travel

Photos, Or it Didn’t Happen: Part Two

I wrote recently about my visit to Thailand in 2018, and of a visit to Chiang Rai's spectacular White Temple. Competing for the role of "most famous Chiang Rai tourist attraction" (unless you're a golfer, in which case it's probably the Santiburi Country Club, which is also quite lovely--and the food is very good too--even… Continue reading Photos, Or it Didn’t Happen: Part Two

Culture, History, Medieval, Quote of the Day

Chivalry as “Art” Rather Than “Nature”

The medieval ideal brought together two things which have no natural tendency to gravitate towards one another.  It brought them together for that very reason.  It taught humility and forbearance to the great warrior because everyone knew by experience how much he usually needed that lesson.  It demanded valour of the urbane and modest man… Continue reading Chivalry as “Art” Rather Than “Nature”

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Book Review by Seawriter: A Famous German Scientist and His British Fans

Albert Einstein was one of the twentieth century’s great men, vying with Winston Churchill for the title of “Man of the Century.” In addition to his scientific theories, he was an accomplished musician and a noted pacifist. He was an Anglophile. He was also an assassin’s target in the 1930s. Einstein on the Run: How… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A Famous German Scientist and His British Fans