Earlier Musings

Robert Burns Immortal Memory

Robert Burns Immortal Memory

Every year, Scots and those who like things Scottish gather on or about January 25th to honor Scotland’s unofficial national poet, and enjoy a fine dinner and copious drink (hopefully single-malt Scotch).? There is a common program that includes toasts … Continue reading → ...
The Tour Bus Will Wait: Across Ireland in an 8-Passenger Van

The Tour Bus Will Wait: Across Ireland in an 8-Passenger Van

This first appeared as a guest blog on Rosemary Adkins’ great website, www.ExtraordinaryIreland.com.? Since Noelle is going to Ireland this month, it seemed appropriate to re-post it here. When we booked our last trip to Ireland in 2000, our party … Continue reading → ...
Happy New Year and Hogmanay

Happy New Year and Hogmanay

American traditions surrounding New Year’s Eve and Day are limited and not from the depths of history.? Getting together with party hats and champagne while watching the glittering ball descend in Times Square on TV (recorded three hours earlier, if … Continue reading → ...

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing is a “viral blog” exposing the reader to blogs of authors who write in a varied genres.? Each of these bloggers will answer identical questions about a work he or she has in progress.? The plan … Continue reading → ...
Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas

For the last 35 years, the historic Gold Rush city of Nevada City has hosted Victorian Christmas.? It occurs on certain Wednesday and Sunday nights in December.? Being in the Sierra Nevada foothills, weather can vary from warm to snowy … Continue reading → ...
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town . . . in a Stretch Limo!

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town . . . in a Stretch Limo!

My name is R. L. Cherry and I am a Christmas junkie.? All my life I have loved Christmas. My wife never has to bug me to put up the Christmas lights, haul out the decorations or shop for the … Continue reading → ...
Halloween a.k.a. Samhain

Halloween a.k.a. Samhain

Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, has an interesting history. All Hallows’ Day is All Saints” Day (hallowed meaning holy) and is now November 1st. Why it was moved from its original May 13th date is lost in antiquity. Perhaps it … Continue reading → ...
Driving in the British Isles, especially on the Isle of Man

Driving in the British Isles, especially on the Isle of Man

When I moved to the Isle of Man (home of the famous Tourist Trophy, or TT, motorcycle races), I had to get a new driver’s license.? No big deal when you’ve already been driving for almost thirty years, right?? Wrong.? … Continue reading → ...

Two Nations Divided by a Common Language

In my last post, I said that we cannot be sure who originally said the above quote.? I like to think it was Oscar Wilde because he displayed such wit in his writing, but many sayings attributed to him he … Continue reading → ...

To Quote Or To Misquote, That Is The Question

Have you ever quoted a famous person, only to find that it was a misquote?? I must plead guilty to that literary crime.? Fortunately, it is normally a spoken rather than a written sin.? Sometimes it is merely a word … Continue reading → ...
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