It’s like in the old stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered . . . Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had […]

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It’s May 8! It’s Victory In Europe Day! On this day 72 years ago, World War II ended in the Western Hemisphere. V-J Day (Victory Over Japan) and the ultimate conclusion of the war would come a few months later, but May 8 was (and is) still a day of celebration and thanksgiving. I love these photographs. Look at […]

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Eva Joy tagged me in this fun bookish tag! Thank you, friend! 1. What book has been on your shelf the longest? I just moved all my Dear America and Royal Diaries off my bookshelf and into a “common bookshelf” upstairs. I’d had them in my room for…gosh…fifteen years, at least? I’ve definitely outgrown them at this point, but I’m keeping […]

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  I found this little comic on Tumblr this morning and, I confess, I shed tears over it. There’s nothing more terrifying or paralyzing than betrayal, especially after people you trusted have already taken a few chainsaws to your heart. You just don’t want to share any intimate part of yourself with anybody ever again…because what’s the point of being […]

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[This post was written for the 3rd Annual Favorite TV Show Episode Blogathon, hosted by A Shroud of Thoughts.] My family and I enjoy classic TV shows, from I Love Lucy and The Big Valley to Magnum P.I. and Murder, She Wrote–and, of course, Star Trek. Reviewing an episode that had to be older than 1992 for the Favorite TV […]

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Enjoying: Spring! We’ve had a very mild winter. In the past that would’ve irritated me, since I normally prefer distinct seasons (not to mention a chance to wear my cozy sweaters)…but after that one weekend not too long after Christmas, when the temperature hovered around freezing during the day and we, like a bunch o’ crazies, […]

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Guyyyyyyys, I turned 25 on Friday. I’m a quarter of a century old! And oddly enough, it doesn’t give me an “ewww” feeling anymore. 25 is a very nice number. It has a very…grown-up ring to it. I had an absolutely lovely birthday, too. My parents took me and my little sister Lillie out for a special day […]

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Evangeline has once again been a dear and nominated me via Twitter DM for the Sunshine Blogger Tag! Thank you, friend! What’s the furthest you’ve ever been on holiday? (Okay first of all: I love this phrasing because it’s not the American “vacation,” but the British/Australian “holiday.” Sometimes we Americans are so dull.) England is the […]

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I don’t even quite remember how we got on the subject or why my dad suggested that we start watching it (and it’s a fourth or fifth re-watch for him and my mom)…but somehow about a week or so ago, I started watching Band of Brothers.  GUYS. This show. I haven’t fallen this deep into a fandom since […]

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Valentine’s Day is never easy for a Single, Unattached Person. I was in a relationship for half of 2016 that ended under extremely abrupt and traumatizing circumstances, and while I’m confident now that things turned out for the best in the end, it’s still easy (occasionally, anyway) to feel sorry for myself and wish I […]

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Many thanks to my blogger-Twitter-Instagram friend Evangeline for sending this tag my way! I haven’t done one of these in a while! But first, a little clarification about what “period drama” means. “Historical Period Drama,” according to Wikipedia, “refers to a work set in an earlier time period, usually used in the context of film and television…A period […]

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There are four historical films I really want to see this year: Sully, which actually came out last autumn;  Hidden Figures, released on Friday; Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan and due for release this summer; and Jackie, released in December. I have a long-time interest in and admiration for Jacqueline Kennedy. When I was little–9 or 10 years old–my mom let me pick […]

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Happy New Year, everybody!!! I hope everybody had a great weekend of (safe) celebrations and merrymaking. As for us, our annual New Years’ Eve Bonfire/Fireworks Bonanza got rained out, so I spent New Years’ Eve watching Newhart with my mom and dad. It was very cozy and quiet and…hobbity 😉 Lord willing, we’ll have the bonfire […]

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On Friday evening I logged onto Twitter to find two of my favorite guys on there, William Shatner and Mark Hamill, expressing frantic concern over Carrie Fisher’s well-being. Neither of them said in detail what had happened, but I remember whispering, “Oh no no no no please no” as I tried to find out what was […]

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Time for my annual “year’s end” tag! FYI, I’ve deleted some of the original questions; they just dug up too many painful things, so I decided to forego them altogether and focus on the good things that happened this year. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? I was a bridesmaid! I volunteered […]

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Ta-da!!! What do y’all think? Formidable Courage has received a major and much-needed makeover, just in time for 2017. Something this drastic begs an explanation, of course… In my last post I alluded to 2016 being an exceptionally difficult year. So many things have happened that I didn’t feel comfortable talking about here…which is why I’ve neglected this […]

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2016 has been the roughest year my family and I have endured in a LONG time. It’s been a year of heartbreak and frustration. And it’s not just our family who’s suffered, either. Everywhere you turn, there’s someone who’s been battered and bruised, too. Think about it. There have been shootings in North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, devastating earthquakes in […]

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A recent trip to the library yielded some amazing movie finds, starring my three favorite modern-day actors! I’ll try to keep these blurbs short and sweet, but cookies and hot chocolate for anyone who sticks with me through the end, haha. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. IMDB summary: In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) […]

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Hi, peeps! Time for a Currently Post because “I’m running out of time I’m running out of time and my time’s UP, rise UP, eyes UP!” And no, that reference does NOT mean I’m about to duel Aaron Burr–but time seems to be slipping out of my fingers these days and a “Currently Post” is all […]

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“Captain’s log: Stardate 1513.1. Our position: orbiting Planet M-113. On board the Enterprise, Mr. Spock, temporarily in command. On the planet: the ruins of an ancient and long-dead civilization. Ship’s surgeon McCoy and myself are now beaming down to the planet’s surface…” And thus began, on this day 50 years ago, the first episode of the […]

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