Home of the Thoroughbred

Home of the Thoroughbred

Horses and Kentucky go hand-in-hand. I always heard of the endless rolling fields of “bluegrass” edged with ancient trees and stark white fences — I even saw the pictures and movies like Seabiscuit, so knew it must be true. Yet nothing prepared me for the exquisite grandeur of a real, honest to goodness horse farm…Continue Reading

Quoting Shakespeare

Quoting Shakespeare

April 23rd is generally considered to be a good day to celebrate the birth of England’s greatest poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. This is partly because there are no records of his birth—although he was baptized on April 26—and partly because he died on April 23, so there is a pleasing, almost poetic symmetry about…Continue Reading

How to Dress for Derby

How to Dress for Derby

Thanks to the knowledgeable folks at The Art of Manliness — link here — anyone of the male sex can attend the Kentucky Derby assured that he is dressed and groomed properly. This IS the South, after all, where dressing according to the rules of fashion are vital! This is the link to the main…Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby Festival begins!

Kentucky Derby Festival begins!

Saturday was the official kick off of “Derby Season” here in Kentucky, so it seemed appropriate to devote myself to what is, without argument, the biggest yearly event to Kentuckians (and to horse enthusiasts everywhere in the USA). Today happened to be my scheduled blogging date on Austen Authors, and with thoroughbred horse racing indisputably an English invention,…Continue Reading

Vocabulary Rocks! C is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! C is for…

California The Golden State’s name comes from a Spanish romance written in 1510. Las sergas de Esplandian (The Exploits of Esplandian), by Garcia Ordóñez de Montalvo, contains a reference to a fictional island called California. “…on the right hand of the Indies, there is an island called California, very near to the Terrestrial Paradise…” Since…Continue Reading