Last Nights in England

"I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything."  -- Bill Bryson Here's a snapshot (or 20) of a few final stops in England.  Winding up our weekend in the Cotswolds, we headed to Leicester, where Michael had…

Sketches of England

Well, this isn't all.   Not by a long shot!  But it's week one, for what it's worth.  Doesn't show Michael's HOURS in the library photographing 250-year-old letters, doesn't show lots of the beauty.  But for those who wonder what we've been doing all week, or those who want to plan a trip to Oxford…

Somebody at Oxford

This morning I had a nice stroll through C.S. Lewis’ garden and this afternoon I oggled Jane Austen’s handwritten stories.  Really.  I am sitting in a café next to . . . who knows?  Professors, students, travelers like me, here from the four corners of the world, perched above a street that a hundred heroes…

Ordinary Work

It's Labor Day.  Break out the cooler, splash some mud, kick back.  Summer slid by in a sticky blur -- are you ready for fall?  Today we celebrate the end of vacation, gear up for another year of vocation.  We are back to work -- ordinary, beautiful, work. Today we play, tomorrow we ply our…