Career, Family, Quote of the Day

“Historia Calamitatum”

Well, it's NCAA basketball time again.  I know this only because I turned on the TV the other night, and there it was.  I watch very few current programs, so I am always somewhat peeved when the event I've planned my evening around disappears, especially when it is replaced by something so absurd as a… Continue reading “Historia Calamitatum”

Ave Atque Vale, Family, Family Matters

My Lily of Laguna–My Lily and My Rose

It's always a risk to go sailing down rabbit holes, because you never know what you might turn up when you hit bottom. Thus, after a recent conversation with a family member about the previous paternal generation of Rights, and its love of the early 20th century music-hall oeuvre. My father and his siblings were… Continue reading My Lily of Laguna–My Lily and My Rose

Family, Family Matters, History, War

For Jenny Alice May Mapson (Auntie Betty): 2023

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 For Jenny Alice May Mapson (Auntie Betty): 2023

Beauty, Family, Plain Speaking, Womanly Feminism

Growing Up Ginger, 2023

January 12, 2023 is this year's "Kiss a Ginger Day!"  No sense letting Prince Harry have all the fun, so I think I'll throw my hat into the ring with a post originally published on the member feed on Ricochet, six years ago today, on January 12, 2017.  Tempus fugit, as they say....(If you're a… Continue reading Growing Up Ginger, 2023

Family, Family Matters, Farming, History, Literature, Plain Speaking, Religion

In Praise of Proverbs 31: 2022 Edition, For Andrew Tate

This is the third publication of my Proverbs:31 post on this site.  The last was almost two-and-a-half years ago. While I do occasionally republish posts from long ago, I try not to do it to excess.  However, recent events, particularly those concerning the arrest of social media and influential member of the "manosphere," Andrew Tate,… Continue reading In Praise of Proverbs 31: 2022 Edition, For Andrew Tate

Family, Friendship, Life

Twelve Little Words–2022

I've written, every now and then, about my New Year's practice of trying to sum up the year that's passed in just twelve words, one for each month.  I'm not much of a diarist, other than in the ways I write my life here and on Ricochet, and as a rule I try not to… Continue reading Twelve Little Words–2022

Britishness, Entertainment, Family, Family Matters, Love

Music Hall Memories

Cross-posted from Ricochet: Oh, “dear, dear, dear.” I tried out that phrase, beloved of my father when dealing with a screaming infant, on my 18-month-old niece a few days ago.  She immediately picked it up and responded, “deoo, deoo, deoo,” thus instituting the first two-way conversation we’ve ever had, even if only over the phone. I’m… Continue reading Music Hall Memories

Ave Atque Vale, Family, Family Matters, Loss, Love

Ave Atque Vale: Goodbye, Miss Chips

My head kept telling me she wouldn’t live forever, but my heart simply would not believe it: Patricia Helen Mead Muffett, July 13, 1923–December 10, 2022, Rest in Peace.  It’s the first time for a little more than one-hundred fifteen years, that neither my Dad, nor at least one of his siblings, has walked the… Continue reading Ave Atque Vale: Goodbye, Miss Chips

Family, History, Military, Truth, War

In Memory, Thomas Herbert Mapson

Thomas Herbert Mapson was my Auntie Betty’s father.  (Strictly speaking, she wasn’t my auntie–being my great-grandmother’s niece–and her given name wasn’t Betty–they were Jenny Alice May–but “close enough for gubmint work,” as they say. He was born and baptized in Bilston, Staffordshire in the UK, on July 4, 1878.  Given what I’ve found out about my… Continue reading In Memory, Thomas Herbert Mapson