Beauty, Family, Feminism, Love, Womanly Feminism

My “Feminist” Fever Dream

I am the grandmother of an eight-year-old girl. Technically, she is my step-granddaughter, though the distinction makes no difference, I assure you. Her mother is my stepdaughter and beloved friend. Her first few years have not been idyllic. And she’s had to learn to be a little tougher than I would like, a little earlier than I would… Continue reading My “Feminist” Fever Dream

Family, Family Matters, Friendship, Love, Quote of the Day

Family Matters: On Life’s Vicissitudes

Into each life, some rain must fall. But not into ours. Our lives are where the garbage is delivered. — Jenny Today (June 10) is Jenny's birthday.  And so I repost this, in her honor, and that of the occasion. Ever have one of those days, weeks, months, years, decades, when it seems as though… Continue reading Family Matters: On Life’s Vicissitudes

Family, Family Matters, Farming, Love

Happy Birthday, Mr. Right!

Today, May 10, 2021, would have been my husband's 83rd birthday (He always called himself "a good pre-war model.")  He died on July 3, 2020, after suffering a decade of chronic health problems, and several years of mental degeneration due to dementia.  His last months weren't made any easier by COVID lockdowns and the near… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Mr. Right!

Ave Atque Vale, Family, Family Matters, Love, Quote of the Day

“Grief is the price we pay for love”

These words were spoken by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to the family members of those who perished on September 11, 2001. And I’ve often thought she must have been channeling C.S. Lewis at the time: To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.… Continue reading “Grief is the price we pay for love”

Culture, History, Love, Quote of the Day

“Just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor”

And today, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order upon whom had been conferred the Royal… Continue reading “Just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor”

Beauty, Family, Family Matters, Gardening, Love

I’m So Excited–My New Roses Will Be Delivered Tomorrow! David Austin, PBUH (this is the US link; it's originally a UK firm) says that they've been shipped at exactly the right time for planting in my plant hardiness "zone."  (My zone number is somewhere between 6A and 6B--worst case indicating that the temperatures in the winter might go down to about -25F, or… Continue reading I’m So Excited–My New Roses Will Be Delivered Tomorrow!

Ave Atque Vale, Family, Family Matters, Love

Amazing Grace–A Lenten Post

During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world were discussing whether any one belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for… Continue reading Amazing Grace–A Lenten Post

Literature, Love, Medieval

Happy Seynt Valentyn’s Day!

. . . from Geoffrey Chaucer, who, as with so many other things, is often credited with starting it all. His dream vision poem, The Parliament of Fowls, was written about 1380 and begins with the narrator (who seems not to know how to love, has perhaps never been in love, and will very likely never… Continue reading Happy Seynt Valentyn’s Day!

Love, Movies and TV, Quote of the Day, War

“Play La Marseillaise. Play it!”

Some years ago, I enjoyed a spirited argument  with a friend about a movie. I was strongly in favor; she was apathetic, to say the least. Some of you, like my friend, may not be fans. It’s possible you are offended by the many continuity gaffes. Perhaps you can’t get past the clunky, rather claustrophobic, sets. Maybe… Continue reading “Play La Marseillaise. Play it!”

Family, Family Matters, Knitting, Love

“G” is for . . .

Yes, that’s right. I’m a proud grandmother. On top of that, I’m an avid knitter. Now, I know exactly what a few of you (you know who you are) are thinking. Something along these lines, I’ll bet: Amirite? The more charitable among you might be going more in this direction: This formidable-looking lady is actually Grace Coolidge,… Continue reading “G” is for . . .