Culture, Friendship, Humor, Literature, Plain Speaking

Please Consider This Book–Perhaps As a Christmas Present

I was lucky enough to view the pre-publication chapters of this book, and to be able to weigh in, in a very small way, on its final content. It's a very pleasing work of escapist fiction, written, in its entirety, by a friend (click image for link, and to order). Enjoy! And please keep an… Continue reading Please Consider This Book–Perhaps As a Christmas Present

Culture, Family, Friendship

Giving Thanks: I Will Not Be Moved

Well, here we go. A post in which I fully expect to be excoriated as a “Pollyanna.” As a person who refuses to acknowledge the Truth. A disbeliever in the “science” of what we (Conservatives) face at this particular crossroads. A deluded fool. And some sort of wrong-headed political animal who has no right to… Continue reading Giving Thanks: I Will Not Be Moved

Culture, Plain Speaking, Psychology, Quote of the Day

The Girl On Your Back

Once upon a time, two Buddhist monks, one young and one old, traveled from their temple in the mountains down to the nearest little town in the foothills of the Himalayas, to beg for alms. As they entered the peaceful valley with rice fields all around, they came to a wide river, by the side… Continue reading The Girl On Your Back

Animals, Culture, Entertainment, Movies and TV

Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark

Following upon the heels of Netflix’s much panned Anne of Green Gables: Sturm und Drang (Not the title of the film, but you get the idea), in which her mean adoptive father dies of a heart attack after beating Anne senseless, a creepy man with suggestions of molester or pedophile almost kidnaps her before she is… Continue reading Desperately Seeking Peter Rabbit: Sony Pictures Misses the Mark

Culture, Family Matters, Friendship, History, Nature

The Yankee Gale

“The Third of October, 1851, brought perhaps the greatest marine disaster in [Prince Edward Island] history. The afternoon was warm and still…the sky heavily clouded. The north and north west had a lurid, glassy appearance about sunset. It was a Friday, perhaps the best remembered Friday in P.E.I. history. A violent gale and wind arose… Continue reading The Yankee Gale

Culture, Family, History

Occasional Quote of the Day: On Late Bloomers

The costume of women should be suited to her wants and necessities. It should conduce at once to her health, comfort, and usefulness; and, while it should not fail also to conduce to her personal adornment, it should make that end of secondary importance. The author of these words was born Amelia Jenks, on May… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: On Late Bloomers

Culture, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: The Pithiest Book Review Ever

Few American writers of the twentieth century so embody the quotably pungent and pithy in their prose as does Dorothy Rothschild Parker. Google her name, and her often caustic, witty, gems just tumble out at you: “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”–“If you want to know what God thinks… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: The Pithiest Book Review Ever