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Troubled by the Troubles: On Adrian McKinty, Northern Ireland and Spring … Maybe

It’s early April and spring is trying very hard to make an appearance, not altogether successfully. There’s a cold rain falling today; the snow outside my window is dirty and receding to show wet, brown grass and muck. I’m off …

travel

Our Excellent Hemingway Adventure…in Key West

First,  you have to know that I am a huge Hemingway fan. In the 70’s when I was a teenager I thought he was an overweight, misogynist bore. Then in the 80’s I was converted by a gentle, erudite woman …

fashion

A Passion for Deconstructing Fashion… Photos

I have a passion for fashion photography. I love the fashion shoots in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, especially the ones that tell a story. Or when the photo shoot references art or literature or film. Like this story from the …

travel

Georgia on My Mind or How To Cure March Madness

Okay… everyone thinks that March Madness is supposed to look like this photo from ibtimes.com No offense meant to those Americans and Canadians (including my husband) who are glued to their televisions watching basketball. And yes, Andrew Wiggins IS a …

life

Words… They’re Just Words… Aren’t They?

source I have to admit that I can be preoccupied, maybe even bordering on obsessive, about many things… my hair, of course, good tea, bad style… to name a few. And let’s not forget words …especially certain overused words or …

life

A Hair Story

Is it just me or does everyone obsess over their hair?    Natalie Goldberg said in her book Writing Down the Bones that when all else fails…and you can’t come up with anything else to write about… “write a hair …

books

Five Canadian Authors Who Are Gone, But Not Forgotten

Mavis Gallant died in February. For those of you who have never heard of her, she was a renowned Canadian writer of superb short stories. I listened to a discussion of her life and interviews with friends and acquaintances on …

fashion

What King Lear Taught Me About Shopping

I really need a new spring coat. Well, maybe ‘really need’ is a bit strong. And… well, need is not necessarily true either. But I really want a new spring coat. I have two very “serviceable” (as my mother used to say) …

life

Bogie and Hepburn Reprised

Amid the snow and freezing temperatures of a Canadian winter, we are planning our summer. Well, our summer camping trips, at least. My husband and I go on one or two camping trips together most summers. Hubby, the inveterate canoeist …

fashion

Orange is the New Black… or Pink …or Whatever

Why, oh why are we so sick of winter so early this year? We have three more weeks left in February…and all of March and probably most of April to wait before we can even begin to think about hauling …

life

The Joys of being Sick

I’ve been sick with a bad cold for the last few days. You know: sinus headache, sneezing, sore throat, no energy,  really, really red nose. And I just keep thinking what a joy… well, maybe ‘joy’ is a bit strong… …

fashion

Lost in Downton…One More Time With Feeling

  I don’t know if any of you caught the miniseries Lost in Austen that was on TV a few years ago. I watched it, loved it, bought the DVD for my mum (a fellow Austen devotee)..and then watched it …

books

Eirinn go Brach : On Irish Books and Ireland

I’m a binge reader. If I  find an author I like or become interested in an era or a place, I will read everything I can get my hands on written by or about my new interest…fiction, memoir, biography…anything. One …

life

Growing Pains…Or Start-Up Stressors

So… on Wednesday January 15, 2014 I published my first ever post to my first ever blog. Yep..I just pressed “Publish” and miraculously my words and pictures were transported into cyber land. This is a whole lot different than posting …

life

Thirty years On … 1984 to 2014 … and Onwards

1984 was a big year for me. I quit a very stressful job that I loathed. I packed up all my furniture and belongings and put them in storage while I scuttled back to the family farm in Eastern Canada …