The Biltmore Estate: Palatial splendor in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Serpentine roads lead to an unexpected sight nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. George Vanderbilt visited Asheville, North Carolina, as a young man and decided that it would be the perfect location to build a country home. After six years of construction, the Biltmore Estate –the largest private home in the United States–was ready to… Read More The Biltmore Estate: Palatial splendor in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Higitus Figitus….

  Remember that infectious musical spell from the Disney  film The Sword in the Stone? “Higitus Figitus migitus mum pres-ti-dig-ton-i-um!”  This song is to packing as Fantasia‘s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is to cleaning house (that is until the brooms go bad). **Cue dancing brooms.** 😉 Oh, how I wish all my furniture, books, dishes, and clothes would giddily jump into… Read More Higitus Figitus….

Guest Post: There and Back Again: A Hobbit’s Tale of Asia

Hello, adventurers! I am so excited to introduce you to a college friend of mine. Rachel Toepfer is a wonderful and talented person in so many ways, and Rachel has shared her teaching experience at the English Language Institute of China with us in her post below: I graduated from OCU in 2013 and right after… Read More Guest Post: There and Back Again: A Hobbit’s Tale of Asia

World Introvert Day: Where do I belong in this world?

Greetings, earthlings! It is January 2nd, which just happens to be World Introvert Day. I was surprised to see that this special day has existed since 2011. Of course, its existence has been kept hush-hush. I mean, it IS all about introversion after all. The second day of January is an ideal day to celebrate introversion awareness. I’m all… Read More World Introvert Day: Where do I belong in this world?