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How did King Ludwig II Die?

Post contains affiliate links. You’ve probably heard of “mad” King Ludwig here and there — he’s the 19th century Bavarian king who built Neuschwanstein, arguably the world’s most famous castle. You may even know that his death was surrounded in mystery. When did he die? June 13, 1886: 131 years ago today. How did King […]

Menu Plan Monday 6/12/17

Happy summery menu plan Monday! It was a good week here. Our extended family enjoyed a day at Holiday World theme park in southern Indiana — more on that later in the week. If you’ve never been there, it’s worth a visit if you’re ever nearby. It’s a really clean park with some fun extras […]

A Tale of Two Covers

Post contains affiliate links. Almost five years ago, I wrote my Ludwig II book, the book that would sell far more copies than anything else I’ve ever written. It’s a biography of Bavarian King Ludwig II, called Not So Happily Ever After: The Tale of King Ludwig II. My Ludwig II Book When I wrote […]

The House We Grew Up In: Review

Drama. You know how some people just seem to breed it? Well, the Bird family in The House We Grew Up In is nothing if not dramatic. We meet mom Lorelai, an over-the-top sentimental hoarder who is just too much: “‘Imagine,’ she said, her face turning serious for a moment, ‘imagine if something happened to […]

Menu Plan Monday 6/5/2017

Happy Menu Plan Monday! I’m happy to say that my middle daughter graduated from high school on Saturday, and that we celebrated this milestone that afternoon. The photo above is from the ceremony. It was great to see many friends and relatives there. I’d like to show you a photo of the spread, but things […]

Childhood Memories Friday: SRA and RFU

Close your eyes. Travel back to fourth grade, give or take a year. You’ve finished the daily set of language worksheets that the teacher handed out for you to complete while she met with reading groups in the back of the room. What do you do now? When I was in school (yes, I’m resisting […]

Grief Cottage: Review

Gail Godwin is one of my favorite authors. I think Father Melancholy’s Daughter was her first book that I read, and I was hooked from there. I’d probably enjoy reading a grocery list she wrote — she’s just that good. She develops characters really well, creates a mood wonderfully, and is a great storyteller. A […]

The House of Mirth: Review

Since I absolutely loved Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, I decided to read another book of hers, The House of Mirth. It’s set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, a time of excess. Another book of hers, The Age of Innocence, has a similar setting. Interestingly enough, Wharton was mentioned […]

Menu Plan Monday 5/29/17

Happy Menu Plan Monday! And, happy summer. It may not be summer officially, but it feels like it here since school ended for the younger two Friday. We always head to a local ice cream place to celebrate. This will be an unusual week here. No school, no piano lessons — but we will be […]