The first thing that greeted me upon rising from the steps of the Waverly train station was the sound of bagpipes wailing through air. The second was the sight of a homeless man, wrapped in blankets against the city’s chill, with a cap and a cardboard sign resting against his knees, dead-eye stare unfocused amongst… Continue reading Of Buses and Chapels
I was introduced to the Brontës late in life, though I regret every minute I put off reading these classic British authors. After reading Emily’s “No Coward Soul is Mine,” I felt like I was meeting an old friend, someone who had been absent in my life far too long. Jane Eyre, likewise, blew me… Continue reading Haworth in My Soul
Wednesday was a gap day for non-Potterheads, such as myself and classmate Ruth, so we decided to ride the rails down to London for the day. For Americans unused to a system of high-speed, efficient rail, we were duly impressed, both with the train and the beautiful, rolling landscape that stretches out between Grantham and… Continue reading Riding the Rails to the Palace
Wordsworth would be proud. Actually, perhaps I have more commiseration with Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey than the Poet Laureate’s planned excursions. I didn’t wake up this morning ready to go on an adventure. I barely dragged myself out of bed in time for breakfast, then sat through the meal contemplating my day. Should I stay… Continue reading An Unexpected Journey
Yesterday, we visited the town of Lincoln as a class, where we toured the Tennyson Archives (yes, I touched autographs from Tennyson, Whitman, Lewis Carroll, and Queen Victoria!), and the Lincoln Castle and Cathedral. While at the Castle, we were able to view the Magna Carta and the Domesday Book. I can’t tell you how… Continue reading Freedom and Fidelity
Well, I made it! Home to the mother country. Generations after my ancestors left the shores of this country in ships shaped from hand-cut timber to face weeks of perilous overseas travel, I made the reverse trip in less than twenty-four hours of highspeed airflight. In house movies complimentary. Not that the journey was without… Continue reading Touch Down!
Earlier this year, the residents of Yuba, Sutter, and Butte Counties in California were forced to think about what to pack in a hurry as they evacuated in the face of an impending flood. People grabbed clothes, photos, pets and fled the area without looking back. After securing my animals, I grabbed a pair of… Continue reading Packing: Where to Start and Where to End?!