Author Archives: Alexa Adams

June birthday blessings to Harriet Smith, Robert Martin, et al.

June birthday blessings to Harriet Smith, Robert Martin, et al.

Gloria Lavern Collins was born June 12, 1948. Listen to the song. Lyn Collins may be an unfamiliar name to many, but chances are you’ve heard her music. It’s sampling gold. My little girl turned nine on Wednesday! I can’t believe my baby is so big! She’s becoming quite the book lover, to my immense… more goodness …

Streaming the new Pride and Prejudice musical

Streaming the new Pride and Prejudice musical

It is a time to count blessings. I am fortunate to have an abundance. The lockdown has provided my family and I with hitherto unfathomable quantities of bonding time. My husband can work almost seamlessly from home. We are not dependant on my meagre earnings, so it was an angst-free decision to not even try… more goodness …

Who Said It? Gents of Austen Crossword and FREE BOOKS!

Who Said It? Gents of Austen Crossword and FREE BOOKS!

Happy vernal equinox, everybody! It’s officially spring. The seasons plow onward even as we humans grind to a halt, reminding us that life moves forward, and that this moment will soon be behind us. But I have to admit, it doesn’t feel like it’s going to be “soon.” My daughter is out of school until… more goodness …

Jane Austen: Bibliophile

Jane Austen: Bibliophile

I dedicate this post to Saint Wiborada of Saint Gall, Switzerland’s own patron saint of libraries and librarians. More on her below. Here in the land of Helvetia, children have two weeks off from school in February to go skiing (I kid you not). My family has joined in this annual pilgrimage since moving here,… more goodness …

Räbeliechtli, Jane Austen Style

Räbeliechtli, Jane Austen Style

While the last hurrahs of Halloween echo through the weekend, my family and I will be participating in a much older autumnal tradition, one more akin to the harvest festivals of millennia ago than the community-wide, candy-fueled masquerade we indulge in today. Tomorrow evening, all the school children will gather at the top of the… more goodness …

Zen Austen

Zen Austen

I am writing this oh so last minute. Life has been rather wild lately, for it’s own reasons, but at the heart of the chaos lies my 21 month-old little man. He is so charming, so clever, and so completely distracting. Very little other than motherhood is getting accomplished these days. I struggle to find… more goodness …

“It was a delightful visit;—perfect, in being much too short.” – Emma, Chapter Thirteen

“It was a delightful visit;—perfect, in being much too short.” – Emma, Chapter Thirteen

I’ve long loved travel. It’s a passion my parents sort of had to force on me, but once it took hold, I was hooked. Journeys, even short ones, have a remarkable ability to change your perceptions, even of those things most familiar and dear. I had a startling reminder of this while traveling with my… more goodness …