Ding Dong Merrily

January 6th, 2017

On this, the last day of Christmastide, a quick note on my 2016 Christmas music standouts. 1. I gained appreciation this year for The Huron Carol, also called Gabriel’s Message or In the Moon of Wintertime. I’ve had many versions in the mix(es) for years, but its brooding character really charmed me this winter. Here’s […]

Forest of Arden? Forest of Arduous

February 25th, 2016

Moving to Edinburgh from St Andrews last fall has brought live theatre back into my life, and hence, air back to my lungs. I’ve seen more stage performances in these first 8 weeks of 2016 than in all of 2013 & 2014. But since moving to the UK, I have benefitted massively by getting to […]

“What Yankee Candle Means To Me” Episode 19: The 3 Colors of Christmas

December 14th, 2014

Ding Dong Merrily! Music Gifting

December 12th, 2014

Yeah- I know. Where’s my blog? In my brain. Not on my bulletin board. To everything a season. And though the past two years haven’t quite been a consistent blogging season, it is right now the season of CHRISSSSSSSSSTMAAAAAAAAAAAAS! I’ve got a few thematic playlists I would like to gift, but I’ll start with just […]

What Happens When Doing A PhD Dramatically Shrinks Your Social And Work Spheres…

May 19th, 2014

On May 7, something I have been looking forward to for over a year finally happened. The exciting moment came quietly, sneakily, while I was working at my desk, but the months and months of anticipation beforehand included careful monitoring, betting, wishing, and waiting. So now I celebrate: The Day That A Song Finally Surpassed […]

The Search For Hagrid’s Hut or How Seven Muggles Accidentally Stumbled Onto Hogwarts Grounds

January 18th, 2014

  I’m not sure at what point last year I decided to research where in Scotland the scenes around Hagrid’s Hut from Prisoner of Azkaban were filmed or how I went about that research, but for about a year now, I’ve had an apple sticky note on my computer desktop saying “I want to visit […]