Volunteer Gardening

On a warm, sunny day a few weeks back, I did some volunteer gardening for our local historic society and a very dear friend.  We we’re at a their signature property called The Kincaid House.  It’s a classic old farm that has been built section by section, over generations of one families habitation....more

150 =1865

Just over a year ago, I published my 100th post on this blog, which I celebrated in suitably withdrawn style with this post. Today I reach my 150th post and again felt the need to mark my personal milestone. Stretching credibility to its extreme I decided to do this by pretending that this was actually the 150th anniversary of my blog starting, i.e. that I had begun this in 1865. Stick with me!...more

Story of the World, Vol. 2, Chapter 12

The Islamic invation of Spain was a fascinating chapter, especially in the light of what is going on right now in Europe with the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and the November 13 Paris attacks. As adults, we are aware of all these historic connections, but the children are not. Maybe they should stay this way for a little while longer. The world is turning into a scary place and I just don't want them to know that yet....more

Story of the World, Vol. 2, Chapter 11

The Ancient Kingdom of the Franks takes up all of chapter 11. As a Francophile, I am delighted to study about the history of France and to introduce my children to the richness of that culture. I remember studying about the Merovingian dynasty at the University of Bucharest, where I majored in French and English....more

Story of the World, Vol. 2 Ch. 11 - The Franks

The Ancient Kingdom of the Franks takes up all of chapter 11. As a Francophile, I am delighted to study about the history of France and to introduce my children to the richness of that culture. I remember studying about the Merovingian dynasty at the University of Bucharest, where I majored in French and English....more

Boston Weekend

 We just got home from a fabulous Boston weekend.  We were in town for a family event and loved cruising through the city as much as we always have, it’s such a wonderful mix of ancient American history and modern fun. It’s also a great walking city with tons to see when you take the time to look around.  The drive was absolutely beautiful too with the changing foliage – I won’t complain that it took 5 hours for a normally 3 & 1/2 hour ride. But I guess I just did, whoops!...more

once upon a silver screen...

Old photo albums are a passion of mine. Some of my favourites are those my mother kept during WWII....more

Put Down That Flag

This may be a bit of a rant, because this has been building up inside me for a while now....more

Just call me Nancy Drew

I started my first full-time job back in the 'olden days', before computers and internet, even before fax machines (yes, I am that old!). As receptionist in the Academic Department at the Toronto Board of Education, my job was fielding phone calls and greeting visitors. I answered questions about schools, enrolment, summer programs, teaching positions, and anything else the public wanted to know....more
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