Monthly Archives: January 2021

There are always exceptions

If you have ever traveled in the United Kingdom, or even read a British novel, it’s likely that you have been confused about the correct pronunciation of place names. I’m chagrined to admit that I constantly got location names horribly … Continue reading

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Writer At Work ?


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Repair and Restoration

  A big h/t to Bonnie B. our first and most loyal subscriber for this post on a loving restoration project from Japan. As an antiquarian and secondhand bookseller, I’ve done some minor repairs and restorations over the years, but … Continue reading

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Under the Social Influence

By now you have probably noticed that I’m a sucker for a clever travel/tourism campaign. So it will be no surprise that I fell hard to this clever video from New Zealand urging travelers to stop repeating stereotypical photos they … Continue reading

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Making Travel Fun (again)

I was completely charmed by this new tourism ad (below) created for Travel Oregon by the folks at studio Sun Creature. Maybe I’m just primed for hitting the road again, but the short animation has me thinking about the wonders … Continue reading

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Folklore Generator

British wit Michael Reeve created a handsome folklore generator, in the form of brief footnote-like references. It was inspired by The Loremen Podcast, which explores forgotten folklore and obscure local curiosities. I may be a geek, but I love playing with this … Continue reading

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Streaming Magic

I’ve been to Iceland many times over the years, but I only managed to see the Aurora Borealis during my last visit. I was fortunate to catch the magical lights four nights in a row thanks to the owner of … Continue reading

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Calm Amid the Kelp

One of the highlights of my first trip to California many years ago was spending time around the Monterey Bay. There are almost limitless things to do in the area, but one of the most memorable attractions is the fabulous … Continue reading

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The Hill We Climb

Amanda Gorman became the youngest person to deliver a poem at a U.S. presidential inauguration, with the 22-year-old reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb” after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as president and vice president. For many viewers, the highlight of the presidential … Continue reading

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more like dreams spoken aloud

The Last Bookshop is a bittersweet short film by Richard Dadd and Dan Fryer, which imagines the story of very last bookstore in the world.

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