Jane Austen had a sister – Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, England

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” That?  That tiny little table? That is where she penned those most famous of novelic opening lines?  A true writer, I suppose, just needs three things – pen and paper and a flat surface… Read More Jane Austen had a sister – Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, England

The World of James Herriot – Thirsk, Yorkshire, England

I have distinct memories of my dad chuckling while silently reading weathered copies of James Herriot’s writings.  As an adult, on a one years stint back in Mozambique, I picked up those same copies of Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small series and I read, for the first time, literature I could truly call exquisitely written and heartwarming.  Literally.… Read More The World of James Herriot – Thirsk, Yorkshire, England

A Demolition, and other forms of unplanned entertainment in Europe

It was a dinosaur.  There’s no other way to describe the gnashing, crushing jaws, and the swaying neck that toppled the wall into rubble and sent the roof collapsing.  In minutes, smiling faces were buried under piles of Lisbon ceramic roof tiles, twisted rebar and mangled air conditioners.  We were fascinated, pausing longer than intended… Read More A Demolition, and other forms of unplanned entertainment in Europe

Commitment, Europe’s Bridges and How to Finally Free Your Toddler from the Curse of the Pacifier/Binkie/Dummy

In Europe, bridges don’t look like they used to.  Over the course of years, many famous bridges have become weighed down with excess metal in the form of padlocks.  Tradition, hearsay and plain nonsense suggests that two lovers who fix a padlock to a bridge and throw the key in the river will seal their… Read More Commitment, Europe’s Bridges and How to Finally Free Your Toddler from the Curse of the Pacifier/Binkie/Dummy