Category Archives: real life tales

Ever Been on a “Cook’s Tour”?

Most of you are likely to think a “cook’s tour” has something to do with a chef’s culinary excellence, but the phrase actually has its roots in the world’s oldest and largest travel organization.   Thomas Cook was a 32-year old … Continue reading

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Happy January Birthdays to Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors

January brings us a “New Year” and another batch of Austen-inspired actors celebrating birthdays.             January 1 – Nicholas Farrell, who portrayed Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park 1983   January 1 – Doran Godwin, who portrayed … Continue reading

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Happy 241st Birthday, Jane Austen – 16 December 1775 – What I Learned from Jane Austen

(This post was originally published on December 16, 2010. However, I could not permit Austen’s birthday to pass without notice.) It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen remains an inspiration to throngs of readers more than two centuries … Continue reading

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An Old-Fashioned Holiday Season? Perhaps Not!! Be Careful For What You Wish

An Old-Fashioned Holiday Season…Or, Perhaps Not!! Be Careful For What You Wish. Have we lost the meaning of the holidays? As many are conserving their energies for Black Friday shopping tomorrow, others are wondering how we lost the true meaning … Continue reading

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“And the Best Supporting Role” Blog Hop Continues!

Please follow a fab blog hop that celebrates the favorite supporting characters of some authors you love already and some of have yet to meet. Personally, I am on Friday, December 9, but I encourage you to visit the authors’ posts … Continue reading

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Happy December Birthday to Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors

We wish to say a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to these actors who brought some of our favorite Austen characters to life.            December 1 – Jeremy Northam, who portrayed Mr. Knightley in the 1996 film version … Continue reading

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William Paca, Rabble Rouser and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

William Paca was born in Abington, Maryland, on October 30, 1740, at his family’s home in what is now Harford County, north of Baltimore. He was the second son of John and Elizabeth Smith Paca and the fourth generation of Pacas … Continue reading

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