Monthly Archives: December 2015

What High-Style Dress Would You Wear To The Hofburg Silvesterball?

As 2015 gets washed, cut and styled out of my hair on New Year’s Eve, I’ll be thinking about what would transform this holiday from dreaded to dreamy. Someday, I’d like to attend the Hofburg Silvesterball, the New Year’s Eve ball … Continue reading

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Have You Been To The Art Palace of the West?

Look at this circa-1975 photo of my mother and me and you’ll see three of my favorite things: a handmade Holly Hobbie doll; a wrap skirt that had seagulls painted on it; and a beautiful fountain that symbolizes Cincinnati. Around … Continue reading

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Coloring a Candy Box Is An Early Vision for a Relaxing Holiday

“I’m amazed at how much stamina and energy you have for all these adventures,” a friend wrote me recently. “You work, knit, write blogs and don’t seem to be keeling over in exhaustion.” True, but one thing’s for sure: Had … Continue reading

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Fellow Countrymen, Read Future Ohio Governor Charles Anderson’s Lost Gettysburg Address

Consider your audience. Keep your message simple. Make a connection with your audience. Appeal to their emotions. Leave them wanting more. If you’ve received instruction in public speaking, you might recall how these tips can help a presenter become a … Continue reading

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Yet Well I Love Durham Cathedral’s Mixed And Massive Piles

The Danish Vikings who came to England in the 9th century raided, pillaged, murdered and plundered Northumbria so fiercely that the monks of Lindisfarne decided that they had had enough. In 875, they packed up the Lindisfarne Gospels, the head … Continue reading

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Decorate Your Castle The Lindisfarne Way

Twice each day, for several hours at a time, the island of Lindisfarne is cut off from the English mainland by the tides of the North Sea. That was music to the ears of a group of seventh-century monks from … Continue reading

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What Color Socks Would You Wear With Carbatinas?

One of my favorite lines in the 1956 movie High Society is when Grace Kelly says to Frank Sinatra, “South Bend. It sounds like dancing, doesn’t it?” Toward the end of our two-week sojourn in northern England, we arrived at … Continue reading

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