Beauty, History, Literature, Love, Relationships

Wisdom From My Granny

I had my last conversation with Granny (my mother’s mother) not too long before she died. She was in her mid-eighties at the time, almost bedridden from the arthritis that had plagued her for decades, and mentally, she was getting a little bit woolly. The past, though, was still clear in her mind, and she… Continue reading Wisdom From My Granny

Culture, Family, History

Occasional Quote of the Day: “O day and night but this is wondrous strange!”

My father was a remarkable man. Over the course of his long life, he met very few men whose will was stronger than his own. Here’s the story of one of them: Shortly after World War II, Dad was ordered to the ancient Northern Nigerian city of Sokoto to serve as the Assistant District Officer (that… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “O day and night but this is wondrous strange!”

Education, Entertainment, History, War

Movie Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

I just ordered the blu-ray edition of what I think may be Peter Jackson's greatest movie, They Shall Not Grow Old.  I say this as a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies to the extent that I binge-watch the three of them every year between Christmas and New Year's Day.  I did this… Continue reading Movie Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

Culture, Family, History

The King’s Shilling: One Colonial Officer’s Experience with West-African Slavery

The events recounted below are true, and took place in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, in the Summer of 1947. The author was a young, newly arrived, civil servant in the British Colonial Service, recently separated from active duty in Italy and North Africa as a Major in the British Army. The gentleman in the photo to… Continue reading The King’s Shilling: One Colonial Officer’s Experience with West-African Slavery

Career, History, Knitting

Occasional Quote of the Day–Lawrence of Clouds Hill

“You wonder what I am doing? Well, so do I, in truth. Days seem to dawn, suns to shine, evenings to follow, and then I sleep. What I have done, what I am doing, what I am going to do, puzzle and bewilder me. Have you ever been a leaf and fallen from your tree… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day–Lawrence of Clouds Hill

History

Occasional Quote of the Day: Noblesse Oblige–“My Lord, I had quite forgott the fart.”

A little over 460 years ago, on January 15, 1559, Elizabeth, the “bastard” (some believed) daughter of Henry VIII was crowned Queen of England. As did many of her subjects, I admire and even love “Good Queen Bess,” who brought stability and prosperity to her island nation after the 50 years of chaos and upheaval… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Noblesse Oblige–“My Lord, I had quite forgott the fart.”

Family, Family Matters, Farming, History, Literature, Religion

In Praise of Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31, the last chapter of the Old Testament Book of Proverbs, has two parts. The first is a recounting, by King Lemuel, of the wisdom imparted to him by his mother. There’s a subtext here, and it’s that men, even future kings, should always listen to Mom and heed her advice, because Mother almost… Continue reading In Praise of Proverbs 31

History, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: Thomas Bulfinch

“Our work is not for the learned, nor for the theologian, nor for the philosopher, but for the reader of English literature, of either sex, who wishes to comprehend the allusions so frequently made by public speakers, lecturers, essayists, and poets, and those which occur in polite conversation.”–Thomas Bulfinch Ah. Polite conversation. Remember when people… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Thomas Bulfinch

Food and Drink, History, Military

For the Gift I Have Received, I Am Truly Thankful–Memorial Day 2020

This post was originally published on Ricochet in May of 2019.  This year, in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, the commemoration of Memorial Day will be different, but no less heartfelt. Today is the nation’s officially designated Memorial Day. My mother-in-law never called it anything but Decoration Day, and never commemorated it on any day… Continue reading For the Gift I Have Received, I Am Truly Thankful–Memorial Day 2020