A Queen Elizabeth II Tea Celebrating Her Sapphire Jubilee

Last weekend, the girls and I had the pleasure — and it was definitely a pleasure — of attending Tea at a friend’s house. This wasn’t just any Tea; it was a special Tea celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Sapphire Jubilee. In case you didn’t know, earlier in the year Elizabeth became the longest-reigning British monarch ever, […]

Holiday World for Guests Over 50

Our extended family visits Holiday World theme park in southern Indiana each year. Although the park is primarily known for its roller coasters, I’ve never been a coaster rider. And while I wouldn’t call myself a senior citizen, I am over 50. You might wonder — is a theme park like Holiday World fun for […]

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 […]

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 […]

DIY Photo Magnets

Post contains affiliate links. Every spring, I hold a piano recital for the students I teach. It’s a pretty big deal: the one time of the year where family and friends are all invited to a church to hear these kids play songs they’ve worked on, on a grand piano. I like to commemorate the […]

Childhood Memories Friday: Ushering at IU

One of my fond memories from my college days is ushering for shows at the auditorium. Ushering at IU I can’t recall how I learned about ushering, but I did it from the time I was a freshman there. The details are fuzzy, but I think that we could peruse all the shows presented and […]

Karen Pence and Her Platform as Second Lady

I have to admit it: I love Karen Pence. Part of it is that she, like me, is a Hoosier. Part of it is her down-to-earth nature, and the way she just looks like a regular woman. Melania and Ivanka Trump are gorgeous, no doubt, but most of us can relate better to Karen. She’s […]

Childhood Memories Friday: Memorable College Courses

Last week’s memories post, about college majors and jobs, made me think more about my college days. Much of that time has descended into the murky mists of memory, most likely never to emerge. I wondered: which courses stood out? Was there anything that I learned that I still use, or at least think about, […]