Category Archives: Books

Emily’s Own Story

     Born in 1818, Emily Jane Brontë, next to the last of six children born and of four whom survived childhood, was considered reclusive and was harbored this way by her literary family. Her parents, Patrick and Maria (nee … Continue reading

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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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