Beauty, Music, Religion

A Sweet Tooth (This New Year of 2022) for Song and Music

So, reposting here--because just as it was appropriate for the Polish Pope's birthday, it's appropriate for Christmas--one which was originally posted on Ricochet, 5/2/2018.  Funnily, I see this post has been stolen elsewhere since.  It's all good.  The medium is the message.  And the message is what counts, no matter which of you decides to… Continue reading A Sweet Tooth (This New Year of 2022) for Song and Music

Life, Literature, Loss, Quote of the Day

Two from Tennyson

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier'--Alfred, Lord Tennyson Crimenutely. In my search for a suitable quote of the day for New Year's Eve, I stumbled over a little-known work (at least, I didn't know about it, which makes it little-known in my book) by Alfred, Lord… Continue reading Two from Tennyson

Farming, Friendship, Literature, Music

Ave Atque Vale, Thou Bleak Midwinter of My Discontent!

As some of you know, I’m British. And as such, I generally try to keep a pretty stiff upper lip about things. Not to whine unduly. And when I do whine, I try to whine directly at the person or people who are at the root of my dissatisfaction or unhappiness, or in the case… Continue reading Ave Atque Vale, Thou Bleak Midwinter of My Discontent!

Culture, Military, USMC, War

An Update on (Former) USMC LtCol Stuart Scheller

LtCol Stuart Scheller’s service in the United States Marine Corps came to an end on December 23, 2021 when he was separated from that service with a General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions.  Having served only seventeen of the requisite twenty years in order to qualify for a pension, he will not receive one.  In addition,… Continue reading An Update on (Former) USMC LtCol Stuart Scheller

Family, Friendship, Home, Home Improvement, Life

Bringing the Light

Merry and Blessed Christmas to all from Chateau Right!  Xena leads off with a welcome: I've been known to go a bit overboard with the Christmas decorations, but I love them so, especially the decorations on and under the tree, many of whose provenance extends back forty years to the time when Mr. Right's and… Continue reading Bringing the Light

Family Matters, History, Medieval, Religion

The Power, and the Glory, of the Word

The church of my childhood was St. Mary’s, Handsworth, just outside Birmingham, in England. Although I probably attended services there only a few dozen times, while we stayed with Granny and Grandpa during my father’s infrequent “leave” periods from the Colonial Service in Nigeria, it was a bulwark of stability in my life. Like the… Continue reading The Power, and the Glory, of the Word

Cooking, Culture, Language

Rice Bowl? Delicious Stuff!

At least, that's what I've always thought, having made, over the years, many of these delicious recipes: Easy Rice Bowl Mango Avocado Rice Bowl Chicken Rice Bowl Citrus Shrimp Rice Bowl Pork Meatball Rice Bowl Not to mention many of the Southeast Asian Rice Bowl standards such as (Indonesian) Nasi Goreng or (Thai) Khai Jiao.… Continue reading Rice Bowl? Delicious Stuff!

Family, Family Matters, Friendship, Home, Religion

Putting Up the Christmas Tree

I offer you another seasonal post, this one of which was first published on Ricochet eight Decembers ago.  In fact, it was one of my first posts on the site, after I'd worked up the nerve--having been there for a couple of years, lurking and making the occasional tentative comment--to start writing my heart out. … Continue reading Putting Up the Christmas Tree

Culture, Literature, Quote of the Day

“God bless us, every one!” (And a musical interlude)

See, this is why I like doing random research for Quote of the Day posts.  I can go out and do a bit of investigating (my family doesn’t call me the “data ferret” for nothing), and, willy-nilly, I nearly always find something that’s either appropriate for posting or which speaks to me in a personal… Continue reading “God bless us, every one!” (And a musical interlude)