An American in France, in an American Crematory technically in France…

When it comes to WWII, America doesn’t celebrate VE Day. This tidbit might surprise Europeans because we always remind people that we won WWII. We don’t celebrate VE day because the war wasn’t over for us. We declared war on Japan a day after the attack at Pearl Harbor, so on December 8, 1941, theContinue reading “An American in France, in an American Crematory technically in France…”

Do I like Monet because he painted water lilies, or do I like water lilies because Monet painted them?

I watched a live-action non-Disney version of Cinderella many years ago, all I remember was the song Prince Charming sang. Do I love you because you’re beautiful or are you beautiful because I love you? Hence the title is about my love for Water Lillies and Monet, and yes I’ve been to his house inContinue reading “Do I like Monet because he painted water lilies, or do I like water lilies because Monet painted them?”

What’s Up With This Photo?!

The below photo is of a knarled bush; this was in a rest area off the interstate in Utah. The interstate (motorway, highway ) has rest areas at different intervals for those who don’t live in the US. Some are just public toilets, vending machines, and a grassy area for dogs. To me, this bushContinue reading “What’s Up With This Photo?!”

Don’t Touch My Tomatoes

If you are allergic, don’t like, or shouldn’t eat tomatoes, and miss that yummy spaghetti sauce, don’t worry I have good news for you. Buy some fire-roasted bell peppers, or make them if you have the time, put them in the blender and viola spaghetti sauce. Just add spices and garlic and you don’t noticeContinue reading “Don’t Touch My Tomatoes”

The Great Dismal Swamp

It’s not that bad. I took a trip to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, USA. In winter, it’s a lovely weekend trip, but I wouldn’t risk it in summer; the mosquitos must be horrendous. Along the gravel car trail, there is a small trail to the 800-year-old tree, and as IContinue reading “The Great Dismal Swamp”

Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary

I have purchased an abridged version of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary, and below are some of my favorite entries enjoy. To be clear this is not the first English Dictionary, but it was the first to use quotes and was widely used, and some of it is catty, odd, and hilarious which is why it’s stillContinue reading “Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary”

The Real Signs of Aging

People say hearing or memory is the first thing to go, but it’s not; we start aging a long time before then. Below are the real signs that you aren’t getting any younger. You wake up in the middle of the night to pee. In your teens and twenties, you could drink a 2-liter bottleContinue reading “The Real Signs of Aging”