Winter has arrived

I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland! Good thing I decided to take a “me” day today! My poor car is not the best in this weather.


Since my mum is coming down to spend the day with me tomorrow, I needed to get a jump start on my broth we will be canning. Today is the perfect day for that!



Here’s to 2015.

I have not be present lately.
Starting today I will be more present and aware.

Today, I an sending this little beauty on her maiden voyage with 15 lbs of potatoes. The quarts should last me a few months. Gotta love when work gets and auto shipment of organic potatoes and they sell them dirt cheap!


New Year: My One Word for 2015 and Why I Can’t Leave 2014 Behind

Amazing article! Very eye-opening perspective of facing this new year. Now to just figure out my One Word!

Such Small Hands

In Korea people don’t stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year. Instead, they get up in the middle of the night and they hike a mountain. They climb through the dark, snowy pre-dawn hours and when they reach the top they stand with their faces to the sky to greet the first sunrise of the New Year.

What a contrast to how we in the West often enter the New Year – stumbling out of bed at noon, tired and quite possibly hungover. For many, January 1st is a day of recovery. We spend New Year’s Eve celebrating the ending of something and the beginning of a new thing. We bombard the internet with reflections on the previous year. Even the less introspective among us take a moment to declare the past year, “the best” or “the hardest” or “the craziest” year of their lives.

I can…

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Middle-earth turns 100

Dear to my heart… Happy birthday Middle Earth.

John Garth

Diamond in the Sky, by Dr Wendy LongoIt is 100 years since Middle-earth began. The earliest glimpse of any character or situation from his mythology was in a poem, ‘The Voyage of Éarendel the Evening Star’, which J.R.R. Tolkien dated 24 September 1914. He wrote it at the home of his aunt Jane Neave, Phoenix Farm in Gedling, Nottinghamshire.

I examine Tolkien’s 1914 creative breakthrough closely in the forthcoming Tolkien Studies 11, I give a brief account of those findings in a centenary article for the Guardian, and I star in a Tolkien Society video speaking about it all to at the annual Oxonmoot gathering. What follows here is a further insight which didn’t make it into those pieces.

A century on, it’s worth probing whether this poem really counts as the first poem of Tolkien’s legendarium. Though Humphrey Carpenter identifies ‘The Voyage of Éarendel’ as ‘the beginning of Tolkien’s own mythology’ (Biography 79)…

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