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
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Hello, adventurers! This post will be short and hopefully sweet this Sunday evening. The wolf moon took a back seat in US news as Winter Storm Jonas buried the East Coast in ice and powder over the past few days. Native American names for full moons fascinate me as this was part of their method… Read More Wolf moon
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The first snow of winter here in central Vermont has now fallen. It came late this year, late by several months, according to the TV weather watchers. I’m glad it took so long; it gave us a few more weeks to work in the yard, to putter in the garage,…
Travelers are a tough breed to shop for sometimes. They’re always on the go, and you want to give them something practical or something beautiful but not bulky. I hope this list helps you find just the thing for your favorite soul suffering from wanderlust (or for yourself!). 1. A National Parks Passport Book is the perfect… Read More Gift ideas for your favorite traveler
It’s a frigid day here in Indiana, and I’m happy to be off from work in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Since I refuse to spend much time in 17-degrees-Fahrenheit weather, I dedicated the day to cleaning. And now I’m taking a break. 🙂 As I was cleaning out the refrigerator and the cabinets,… Read More Memory of a rose window on a cold afternoon
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….
As a child, I remember the Harvest Time cassette filling the brown, boxy Oldsmobile with lively dulcimer music as my family traversed serpentine roads to Brown County , Indiana, during our annual leaf-peeping trip. Brown County is located in South Central Indiana and claims communities with offbeat names such as Gnaw Bone and Beanblossom. The star of the county… Read More Little Nashville
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
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?