In which we need scones

on March 31, 2015

Which of course leads to the question, do we really NEED scones? Of course we do. This one has been trotted out before, but it’s been ages and they are too good to be left sulking in the archive. It may still be soup weather, but I promise these scones would go equally well with…

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In which reminders are useful things

on March 26, 2015

I found this piece in an earlier blog entry, and I quite appreciated the reminder: A day is not a long time. And yet it can change everything. Things that were going horribly awry can correct themselves, gently, without interference. Imminent disaster can be averted. Ships can be steered away from the rocks, and what…

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In which I’m talking neighbors

on March 24, 2015

Neighbors make me nervous. We’ve had some lovely ones over the years and some not-so-lovely ones. Our current neighbors are delightful. We never hear from them, and even though I am highly suspicious about the new compost bed (come ON, that thing is 30×40 feet and bordered by 6-foot tall stockade fencing–it is not so…

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In which I am on Twitter

on March 19, 2015

Six years ago this month, I posted this on the blog: I confess, I am tempted to Twitter. I haven’t succumbed yet, but I know it’s just a matter of time. I haven’t even gone to the site yet because I am certain it is a sucking vortex and just by clicking into it, I…

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In which I propose compliments

on March 17, 2015

This piece originally ran on the Blog A Go-Go in 2007, but it  makes me so happy to think about this day. I wonder how many of my old classmates remember it? One of my favorite high school memories is an appreciation exercise that an English teacher made us complete. (The only two things I…

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In which I commit murder

on March 12, 2015

Okay, not really. But I LOVE this blog entry from 2007 discussing methods of murder. (Yes, this is exactly what mystery writers think about when we go quiet.) Last week I attended a middle school choir concert, and as usual, I amused myself by composing a list of methods of murder. (Don’t judge–you weren’t there.)…

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In which I may be in kindergarten

on March 10, 2015

At least it feels that way…I’m attempting to learn French. Not fluent French, mind you. I’m not after reading Baudelaire in his native tongue. But we’re heading to London and Paris this summer, and I’d dearly love to at least be able to order food and hail a taxi and buy a lipstick. (“Rouge, s’il…

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In which we’re talking Victorians

on March 5, 2015

It’s been a challenging few weeks at Casa Raybourn, and I’m ready for some sunshine and some FUN. Here’s a little Victorian/Edwardian frivolity in case you’ve missed these! 23 Charming Photos That Prove The Victorian Era Had The Best Clothes 21 Victorian Slang Terms It’s High Time We Revived 14 Victorian Insults To Unleash In…

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In which I am in Indonesia

on March 3, 2015

Okay, not me. But my book is! I heard a rumor months ago that they were translating the Lady Julia books for sale in Indonesia, and lo, and behold, here we are. I’m always intrigued to see the variations in covers–they change QUITE a bit from country to country. Each foreign office repackages the book…

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