the castle and the cliffs…

January 1193. Take away the buildings, the highways, the power lines and imagine how Dover might have appeared to Sir Henry and Sir Stephan as they sailed into the harbor. Their first sighting of England would have been the magnificent White Cliffs. The keep of Dover Castle would have been prominent atop the Cliffs… Construction…

soaking in England…

No, no…I don’t mean getting rained on. I’m talking about reveling in the sights of England. I’ve just come back from 16 days in the homeland of my crusader knights. In 1189, before they’d met, Henry & Stephan were in London, which has little resemblance to 2013 London. Though kings and queens have been crowned…

Happy 4th of July!

Greetings!  No fireworks for me tonight. They don’t celebrate the 4th of July in England where I’ve been the last week. I’m having a blast! Have seen friends from Norwich and Glasgow – we did a tour of the Globe Theatre, which didn’t exist back in the 1190s.  My week, thus far: 2 day conference…

Vacation planning & blog highlights

It’s a great time to be thinking about summer. July, vacation, beaches. Doesn’t that sound grand? Forget about the 3 feet of snow in the northeast. Ignore the winds blowing on this cool winter day in Kansas. I’m returning to one of my favorite places: St. Ives, Cornwall. And I get to explore it with…

Rest and Be Thankful

No, this isn’t a post about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday… There are some places on this Earth where you just sit in awe. Rest and Be Thankful, a pass on the A83 in the Highlands of Scotland, is one of those places. I took this photo on a glorious April day in 2010. I’m ready…

Castles rock

Castle bagging. My friend in Scotland taught me that phrase last year. Sounds much more intriguing than castle visiting, doesn’t it? I have always been fascinated by castles. And now, I can call myself a castle bagger. Woo-hoo! I visited America’s largest ‘castle’ when I was kid. It’s not really a castle so I suppose…

With friends like these…

FANDOM FUN I’ve been blessed with, not one, but two cool groups of fandom friends. My Star Wars group goes back to AOL chat rooms in 1994. I’m missing 2 of their gatherings this year: one was at Origins in May, the other at Celebration VI in Orlando in August. (I love you guys, but…