Category Archives: Video

Before We Begin

Before We Begin

Prereading is a vital skill to learn. It helps us readers begin to make the connections between what we know and what we are going to learn. It prepares our brains for the new information that is about to be taken in.  It can consist of various activities including, but not limited to, skimming, looking… more goodness …

Delightful Companions

Delightful Companions

Here’s an exciting development in the publishing world. Audiobook popularity is growing at a phenomenal pace. It’s no secret that I love audiobooks. In many instances, the availability of a companion audiobook is the determining factor in my eBook purchases, especially for non-fiction. That’s my only excuse for not moving past book three in the… more goodness …

Aspen on Austen and a Giveaway

Aspen on Austen and a Giveaway

I entered the world of Austen by fits and starts, first with film adaptations, then by reading her novels, then by reading JAFF, then by writing it. Somewhere along the line, I became aware of the Jane Austen Society of North America, or JASNA. A little poking around on the main JASNA website led me… more goodness …

Remembering our fallen Austen actors

Remembering our fallen Austen actors

It is well over a month since the world said goodbye to the fabulous Alan Rickman, but social media posts commemorating his birthday five days ago reignited my sense of loss. This was an actor who not only won my heart as Colonel Brandon in the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, but he is… more goodness …

The Country House Tour (Hughenden) and the Country House Party

The Country House Tour (Hughenden) and the Country House Party

  Deep into the heart of Buckinghamshire there is a beautiful red brick house that was once the home of Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria’s flamboyant and controversial Prime Minister. He was many things to many people. An outsider. A ladies’ man. A shrewd politician. A royal favourite. Much was said and written about him in… more goodness …

LABOR DAY! Relax, picnic, watch a movie, read a book… and give thanks to hard working men & women everywhere!

LABOR DAY! Relax, picnic, watch a movie, read a book… and give thanks to hard working men & women everywhere!

Labor Day, the American holiday observed on the first Monday in September, has evolved into a day marking the end of summer, typically celebrated with parties, parades, and various athletic events. Nothing wrong with a three-day weekend, or getting together with family and friends for some wholesome fun! Still, like many holidays here in the US… more goodness …

Clueless is 20 Years Old.  I’m Totally Buggin’ !!

Clueless is 20 Years Old. I’m Totally Buggin’ !!

Twenty years ago writer-director Amy Heckerling began developing a story that would focus on the popular kids at a California high school. Above all, Heckerling’s desire was to have a central female character who was relentlessly optimistic. I remember reading Emma, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Those characters: what I gravitated to was how positive they… more goodness …

Spring in Derbyshire

Spring in Derbyshire

“So what shall we do for the Easter hols?” I asked my husband a few weeks ago. “How about camping?” he said, and before I could ask if he was kidding or something, he also said the magic words: camping in Derbyshire. I do like camping, don’t get me wrong, but camping in April is not… more goodness …