Arthur Ransome

Vacuous Vacation or Summer Holiday?

Marrying a man born and raised in the British Empire, who speaks “authentic” English expanded my vocabulary. While some words, like queue, made it into my daily speech, others, like bonnet for the hood of the car, never did. But there is one British word that I have gladly adopted and think is much more...

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Please Read My Book, You Evil, Hate-Filled NRA Member – originally published 1/1/2009

My reading list tilts heavily to the past. I recently finished The Minister’s Wooing, a pre-Civil War Harriet Beecher Stowe novel. Leaping over decades, I then moved onto A White Bird Flying by Bess Streeter Aldrich, written in 1931. But as I listen to the radio and read current newspapers and magazines, I often jot...

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