Category Archives: Books

Vita’s Tiny Masterpiece

Review of the book A Note of Explanation by Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) ISBN: 978-1-4521-6996-5      This book had no choice but to be extraordinary. It was written by an extraordinary 20th century woman with a personality, life, background and beginnings … Continue reading

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Stephen Biesty’s Castles

A Fabulous Book on Castles !   A Review of Stephen Biesty’s Castles ISBN 1-59270-031-4 If you feel that you have seen every viable book on castles and that they can’t be bested, then you must either buy or at … Continue reading

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Francis Bacon quotes…

are the best quotes on the planet and in any language. Check these out: “Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books … Continue reading

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Destination Weddings at Castles

Getting married in an authentic castle or castle hotel has become more popular and much easier than you might think. Only a small budget may stop you from having the ultimate fantasy wedding. Online services, such as, are available … Continue reading

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A Miraculous Legacy

A Book Review on The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg As far back as my teen years I remember being in awe of fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg and her likeness to my mother. She was … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Back in August of 2005 I traveled to southern Illinois as a side trip to an NFA convention which was held in Nashville that year. Luckily, flutists travel light so my other mission during that trip was to visit a … Continue reading

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My Summer Reading 2014

This summer became a bit of a blur because I wasn’t as engaged with my reading as in past summers. There were too many tasks that needed to be done and everything fell to myself because it’s only me now. … Continue reading

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Iris: Flower of the Rainbow

by Graeme Grosvenor ISBN 0 86417 771 A Book Review Although I have been a big fan of the Iris for most of my life and have never passed the flower or groups of them without getting a good and … Continue reading

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by David Macaulay A Book Review     For anyone who has read my two tutorials on medieval castles on this blog, reading Castle and seeing all David’s wonderful illustrations should do a decent job of filling you (or your children) in … Continue reading

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Grief and Love

A Book Review This is partially a book review but also a brief chronicle of what my life has been like since October 9th 2012. For those of my readers who don’t know, my mother passed away on that date … Continue reading

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