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Susanna Kearsley
Writer. Dreamer. Traveller. Mom.
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Photo by Stephan Zabel for iStockphoto, used by permission Susanna here, with a post that I first wrote five years ago, but which seems fitting to me for the day before Valentine's Day (and I'm really in need of a hero these days, so I can't wait to see who you recommend afterwards): One of the first things I learned as a child watching Saturday matinee movies was that, in a western, the guys in the black hats were usually up to no good. There were few shades of grey in those films: If a man wore a black hat... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Karin, it sounds a lot like my own writing desk (except it's a coffee cup, still half full of cold coffee)
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I think I would have really enjoyed sitting down with Ms. Leslie for tea and a chat (although NOT in the morning--I wouldn't want to interrupt her working hours!)
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Molly, it's the little human bits of history that are the most interesting, don't you think? So much more fun than battles and boring dates.
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Thanks, Teresa. I'd never heard of her either until a few years ago, when a snippet of this book was quoted somewhere, and then of course I had to hunt down the actual book and read it. She was definitely a well-known and influential woman in her day.
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Faith, I'm glad you enjoyed it. And yes, I love knowing it's always been thus!
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Lillian, I think a lot of us have messy desks. We just make sure we clean them up before anyone takes photos of our work spaces!
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Mary, my husband is a computer programmer, and is always aghast at the state of my writing desk (and my computer desktop). Every now and then he tries to "help" me by organizing things. It never ends well :-)
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Isn't it the best? I love getting those little moments of feeling so connected to someone who lived all those years ago. I kept nodding my head and saying, Yes, it's still JUST like this!
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I LOVE the "superfluous redundancy" line! Oh, the many ways that could be used in life...I think I'll try it on the next telemarketer who tries to sell me windows. "No, thank you, we already have windows; more would be a superfluous redundancy." I'll let you know what they say :-)
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Susanna here, minding my manners and thinking of etiquette. Miss Eliza Leslie, born in Philadelphia in 1787, is best known for her cookbooks, one of which—Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches (1837)—became a runaway bestseller, with at least 150,000 copies sold. But her father, a watchmaker who counted Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson among his friends, encouraged his eldest daughter to draw and read and write creatively as well, with the result that she also became a celebrated author of fiction, writing novels with appropriately Victorian titles (Amelia; or, A Young Lady's Vicissitudes), editing an annual collection of stories... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Thank you, Margaret. And for you. We could all use a little more peace in the world, just now. Hope you have the happiest of new years.
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Karin, my husband's mother was Austrian and he still likes to open at least one present on Christmas eve! (I like to save mine for morning)
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Annette, thank you for your kind words. I'm sorry to hear of your own family loss, and hope this new year brings you peace and love and helps you on your way to healing.
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Nancy, the combination of snow, warmly-lit store windows, and church bells, has to be one of the most Christmassy things ever. What lovely memories to have.
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Teresa, it is one of the best smells, isn't it? I always forget how nice it is until our annual gingerbread house shows up. It makes the whole house feel warmer.
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Sue, I was late getting my own decorations out this year. Didn't get the tree up until Christmas eve itself, which isn't at all like me. I'll have to do better next year, too.
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Mary, he works in IT (my husband's a computer programmer), so there's a bit of the engineer's mindset in that field, as well. And I wish we could save them. I'd love to have them all on display somewhere, but between my eating the jelly beans and the inevitable decay of the gingerbread, it sadly never works out that way...
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Janice, I have to confess I'm always slow to take my Christmas decorations down each year. I love the look of them. And the mistletoe ball never does come down. I find it's Very Useful to have in the hall :-)
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Lillian, I'm sure your kids (and those of your neighbours) have many fond memories because of your generous baking!
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Suzanne, I solve the dilemma by eating the candy decorations, but leaving the gingerbread *mostly* intact. :-)
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Sonya, he starts making them ages ahead of time, and it's quite a production (according to my husband, who's been permitted to see the work in progress). He gets some help from his wife and children, but it's still a massive undertaking. And he gives miniature houses to all the kids in his children's school classes, too :-)
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I tried to make one from a kit, once. As I recall, it either fell over or got eaten before it was finished...
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Susanna here. The origins of gingerbread are difficult to trace, although it’s mentioned throughout history, including in the Fifth Act of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, when a character remarks, “An I had but one penny in the world, thou shouldst have it to buy ginger-bread.” He might have been talking to my husband’s friend who, for several years now, has been gifting our family with the most incredible gingerbread houses. He makes these every December, entirely from scratch and to his own designs, and gives them away to his friends, and they’re just the most wonderful thing to receive. They... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Merry Christmas, Lori! Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season with the kids.
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