England FI

Fortnum and Mason Candlemakers

How does a used-candle seller establish one of the most successful and prestigious businesses in British history? Well, if your name is William Fortnum and the candles in question belonged to the royal family, you are well on your way to


Diss the Dress ~ Emmy Fashion 2014

On Monday night the stars aligned in Los Angeles for the 2014 Emmy Awards. I didn’t watch the telecast, but sure had fun checking out the fashion walking down the red carpet! So much fun that rather than write a

State Author FI

State of the Author Address

I know it is WAY past time for an update on what is happening with me and, more importantly, the status of Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Future. All of your queries on Facebook, my website, and via email

Fashion FI

Fashion for the Regency Lady ~ Cover up!

When it comes to Regency fashion it is difficult to know where to start. Arbitrarily starting on the outside, let’s talk about the garments worn by the ladies of the day for warmth.   With the fashion of the time favoring

CoolFact FI

Letter of the Law

Every country has a history of bizarre laws enacted at one time or another. Some were perhaps initiated for a semi-logical reason at the time, at least according to someone’s point of view. Most, however, were stupid from the get-go! And

Did You Know FI

Beer, Ale, and Oast Houses

Ale has been brewed in England since Roman times if not earlier, and for more than a millennia after every house would have brewed its own ale as a matter of course. Inns brewed their own distinctive beverage, a signature drink

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Wonders of the Ancient World, part 2

Last week I gave a short history for three of the seven listed Wonders of the Ancient World. You can read that post here: Wonders of the Ancient World, part 1. Time to highlight the remaining four. 4. Temple of Artemis

Fascinating FI

Self-Rising Flour

Ah, the basic ingredients we take for granted! Flour for cakes and breads that did not depend on adding yeast, today on every grocery store shelf, was once unheard of. Here’s the scoop– Prior to 1845 the only raising agent used

Movies FI

Trivia Time: Star Wars

I am an avowed, proud Star Wars geek. Yes, I was one of those who stood in line on opening night, gasped in shock at “I am your father!”, and was blindsided by the Luke and Leia sibling reveal. I