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 […]

Max 2: White House Hero

**“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”** You know I love politics, I love our great nation, and I love dogs! Did you know that a new film is out that combines all these elements? Wow! […]

Patriotic Celebrations Cheap at Dollar Tree

**I was compensated for this Dollar Tree post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Memorial Day is approaching fast, and so is the Fourth of July. These are fun holidays. I enjoy them most of all because of my gratitude […]