Trekking Through Hobbit Holes "You…have set my feet in a spacious place." Psalm 31:8

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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Water is pretty much omnipresent where I live. Unless we’re in a drought, “Louisiana Summertime” usually means a thunderstorm every day: dark clouds roll in from the Gulf, and once they’ve dumped their load they leave behind the sweet, heavy smell of rain and an oppressive humidity that makes your hair and clothes stick to your skin. The Gulf […]

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I just wanted to assure all my readers: yes, in spite of the horrific flooding in Louisiana, my family and I are all fine. Our house is safe. Light debris, very full ponds, and washed-out gravel in the driveways are the only indications that anything was ever out of the ordinary on our street. Drive about […]

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If you want the short version, here it is: Star Trek Beyond is the finest installment of the franchise reboot, and I absolutely loved it. Of course, short versions are always a little simplistic, so allow me to wax eloquent for a few more paragraphs 😉 Over the past year I’ve become a walking, talking Star Trek: The Original Series […]

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It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! The first full-length trailer for Star Trek Beyond is in our possession. Move outta the way, Batman v Superman and Captain America–it’s time to boldly go from now till July 22! After dissecting the trailer I have many opinions and theories, and I’m extremely pleased with what we actually know about the movie and the hints Abrams/Lin/Pegg have packed into […]

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A week ago I saw the latest and definitely the greatest Marvel installment! And hey, we actually got to see it the day after it was unleashed on the American public, so the suspense of waiting to get to the theater wasn’t bad at all. (*breathes a sigh of relief*) Very mild spoilers from here on out. 2016 […]

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