Medieval Carpenters — A Writer’s Perspective

Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn Exterior We’re back with medieval crafts and trades this week, looking at carpenters. There have always been carpenters. Two thousand years ago, Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, was a carpenter and there were carpenters two thousand years before him. Their craft remained unchanged for centuries. We know that carpentry […]Continue reading “Medieval Carpenters — A Writer’s Perspective”

The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings

Here’s something I don’t think I’ve mentioned about myself before: I love animation. I have ever since I was a child, watching Saturday-morning cartoons on network television, and going to see Disney’s Bambi and Dumbo at the movies with my mother. So I’m a huge fan of Netflix’s Castlevania, and I’m eagerly looking forward toContinue reading “The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings”

“Just Enough Light: Some Thoughts on Fantasy and Literature,” the 2021 Tolkien Lecture by Guy Gavriel Kay — A Pilgrim in Narnia

I was pleased last week to watch the 8th annual J.R.R Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature, an annual lecture on fantasy literature held at Pembroke College, Oxford, this year broadcast online. The Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature was established in 2013 at Pembroke College, Oxford, where J.R.R. Tolkien worked for twenty years as a professor […]Continue reading ““Just Enough Light: Some Thoughts on Fantasy and Literature,” the 2021 Tolkien Lecture by Guy Gavriel Kay — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

Tolkien Week

Every September 22nd, fans of J. R. R. Tolkien celebrate Hobbit Day, because that was the calendar day given by the author for the celebration of both Bilbo’s and Frodo’s birthdays, and also because The Hobbit was published the day before on September 21st. The week that contains Hobbit Day is known as Tolkien Week,Continue reading “Tolkien Week”

50th Birthday Plans

Tomorrow marks half a century that I have been upon this Middle Earth, and as I often do I’ve decided to make it a Hobbit-themed birthday. What makes it even more special this year, however, is that Bilbo Baggins was also fifty years old when he set out on his unexpected journey, as was hisContinue reading “50th Birthday Plans”

Narrative Telephone: Tales of a Quarantined Nein Ring Circus

If you haven’t watched all of Critical Role‘s pandemic-defying tour de force of ridiculous entertainment known as Narrative Telephone then you are missing out, sweet summer crash panda of the 2020 apocalypse. There are two whole seasons of these shenanigans, appropriately dubbed “Round One” and “Round Two”, and they get more and more extra asContinue reading “Narrative Telephone: Tales of a Quarantined Nein Ring Circus”

Summer Solstice will return to Stonehenge this year. The celebration is due to take place on the evening of June 20th into the morning of June 21st. — Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information

We all need a little positivity in our lives, so we are pleased to announce the 2021 Summer Solstice celebrations will return this year – if the lockdown restrictions are lifted as planned. The celebration is due to take place on the evening of June 20 into the morning of June 21 – the same […]Continue reading “Summer Solstice will return to Stonehenge this year. The celebration is due to take place on the evening of June 20th into the morning of June 21st. — Stonehenge Stone Circle News and Information”

Homemade Rice-A-Roni Recipe

Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco Treat, was invented in 1958 by Vince DeDomenico, the son of an Italian American businessman. It was inspired by a pilaf recipe given to his sister-in-law by an Armenian immigrant. A boxed convenience food consisting of vermicelli combined with long grain rice sautéed in butter and then simmered in water mixedContinue reading “Homemade Rice-A-Roni Recipe”

My Mind Castle is Constantly Besieged

If you’re a fan of, or at least somewhat familiar with, the BBC’s Sherlock you’re probably acquainted with the concept of the Mind Palace. Well, mine is a Mind Castle of the motte and bailey variety. When I think of palaces I think of the fancy dwellings of Disney Princes and Princesses, or of MadContinue reading “My Mind Castle is Constantly Besieged”

MLK Day in 2021 — I’ll Call It Like I See It

“As I began doing the research for this email and was reading the speeches of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I had no idea that the events – the breach of our national Capitol building on January 6th  would occur.  As the news broke on January 6th I was shaken and I was horrified.  There are […]Continue reading “MLK Day in 2021 — I’ll Call It Like I See It”