For the Love of It

For the Love of It

Perhaps ironically, shortly after our move to England I wrote about two kinds of happiness; the happiness you find where you are, and the happiness you chase. I think it’s important to find happiness every day, to enjoy as many moments as you can. Ultimately, life is short, too short to waste on discontent. Some …

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Through the Wormhole

Through the Wormhole

I’ve written a lot about my favourite sci-fi shows and the lessons they’ve taught me. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Stargate SG1. I loved all ten seasons of the show, and I’m still a bit sour over the way the Sci-fi channel dropped it just before they decided it was a good idea …

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The Viking Experience

The Viking Experience

On our way to Edinburgh for the first time, we stopped for an afternoon in York. There were lots of things we wanted to see, but our time was limited. We settled on one thing; the Jorvik Viking Centre, which my husband was eager to visit. The Jorvik Centre is built over top the remains …

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Grace Under Pressure

Grace Under Pressure

One of the most interesting stories from our time in England begins with our inability to find a plunger. Stay with me. It seems that toilet plungers aren’t a big thing in England. We couldn’t find a store that sold one. And when your toilet’s clogged, ordering online isn’t really helpful. After trying three places, …

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Dry At Last

Dry At Last

Originally built in 1510 in Portsmouth, the Mary Rose was a carrack-type warship of the English Tudor navy built for King Henry VIII. Carrak-style ships featured high “castles” in the bow and stern with a low waist of open decking in the middle. The ship was substantially rebuilt in 1536, and it is on this …

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Geek Girl Rant #42

Geek Girl Rant #42

I sometimes rant about pointless things (this is not new). Today’s target? The pointless Disney memes circulating the internet decrying all Disney movies for depicting women who transform themselves for men. I’ll grant that Disney movies are far from perfect, especially the older ones. How many of their movies are guilty of the tired old …

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A.W.A.R.E.

A.W.A.R.E.

I’ve talked a lot in recent weeks about stress and how to manage it. As a high-anxiety person, I’ve spent a lot of time wrestling with myself. There always seems to be something to worry about. And sometimes I get the strange feeling things will go worse if I don’t devote enough time to the …

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The Warrior and Victory

The Warrior and Victory

The next stop on our giant England vacation was Portsmouth, where we hoped to introduce our friends from opposite sides of the ocean. Meanwhile, we visited the historic docks to tour the ships we’d previously seen from afar. Our first stop was the HMS Warrior, the Royal Navy’s first ironclad ocean-going armoured battleship. As I …

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Happily Ever After Fails

Happily Ever After Fails

Hollywood has played a cruel trick on us; it’s spent the past few years trying to convince us that every story deserves a happy ending. A few weeks ago I wrote about the reasons our favourite characters suffer, and why writers shouldn’t take the blame. The long and short of it is that we identify …

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