Good morning! The sun is…

Good morning! The sun is streaming through the family room window as I type, but it is cold enough to snow today…after an 80 degree Friday…

I was walking to my office building, distracted, irritated, and feeling woefully overworked this Wednesday, when I looked up to see that each of the fragile new trees held at least one bluebird. They were chirpy and boisterous and beautiful. My mood immediately lifted. So my post this week is about the birds with whom we share our worlds…

I hope you have a wonderful week. Happy blogging, my friends!


Week 32 of the “Macro…

Week 32 of the “Macro Moments” Challenge has launched. Everyone who loves shooting macro, as I do, and those who enjoy photography as art, is invited to visit and participate! Here is the link for viewing the challenge with instructions for participating

Is it quiet here, or…

Is it quiet here, or what? 😦

Authors who made history – any takers?

Calling for volunteers for the #authorstory posts during March, if anyone’s interested? Available dates are:
Wednesdays (tick the box or please leave comment):

  • 1st March
  • 8th March
  • 15th March
  • 22nd March
  • 29th March

I wasn’t sure if anyone might pop along with something for today and as I posted last week, I decided to leave that space here. I finally got around to tidying up one of my posts from January, in continuation of my intended series to practise introducing and exploring contemporary writers. This post, at my blog, is a brief introduction to John Berger ; he’s perhaps best-known for his book, ‘Ways of Seeing’ and for its inclusion as compulsory reading on almost all art and design study reading lists in the UK.

Week 31 of the “Macro…

Week 31 of the “Macro Moments” Challenge begins today. Everyone who loves shooting macro, as I do, and those who enjoy photography as art, is invited to visit and participate! Here is the link for viewing the challenge with instructions for participating–
Macro Moments Challenge: Week 31

Authors Who Made History: Sax Rohmer

Today marks the birth anniversary of the writer known as Sax Rohmer. You might be familiar with the characters he created in his Dr. Fu Manchu stories. These have inspired comic book stories, radio, film and television works. He was born Arthur Henry Ward in Birmingham, England on 15th February 1883, of a working-class family of Irish immigrant descendency. He died during an outbreak of ‘Asian flu’ on 1st June 1959. He and his wife moved to New York after the ending of what some call ‘World War 2’ and didn’t return to London until shortly before his death. He is reported to have died in New York.

As often the apparent case, the wikipedia article for this writer contains some potentially derogarorising slants that may or may not be true. Formalist academia tends to perpetuate a propoganda wheel, perhaps unintentionally, effectively undermining a writer’s work by defamating remark / character assassination. These include criticisms of ‘racism’, though as I have not yet read any of his writing so I can neither confirm nor repudiate such assessment. It is also remarked that his name was added to the Nazi regimes list of banned authors in 1933. (It appears not to be found on the wikipedia link to that article).

Arthur Henry Ward had worked for a time as a civil servant prior to his career as a popular novelist. His legend divulges roots in the music hall tradition, comedy and poetry. He was first published by the magazine ‘Pearson’s Weekly’ in 1903 with his short story ‘The Mysterious Mummy’. He is said to have published anonymously in 1910 a novel titled ‘Pause!’ and the Goodreads website lists him as also having used the pseudonym of ‘Michael Furey’ alrhough that appears to be dubious and I haven’t time for fact-checking.

I’m sharing with you a brief introduction to this writer while I explore him for the first time – one of the things I’ve enjoyed most taking part in these #authorstory posts is setting out on a learning journey of discovery and exploration.

You can find out more online or maybe have something to share from your own knowledge or experiences of Sax Rohmer’s work. A full list of his writings for further discovery can be found at:

The Gutenberg Project has several files of Sax Rohmer’s novels available to read online. I’m hoping to read ‘Bat Wing’ (published by Cassell, London in 1921) from where I bring you this short extract :

Paul Harley occupied a unique place in the maelstrom of vice and ambition which is sometimes called London life. Whilst at present he held no official post, some of the most momentous problems of British policy during the past five years, problems imperilling inter-state relationships and not infrequently threatening a renewal of the world war, had owed their solution to the peculiar genius of this man.

Source: (for online reading the web version, ebook 6382)

I’m Not Mainstream…!

So I slapped down a post on my blog the other day, a post that was quick and easy, because I was actually engaged in writing a post that I considered far more interesting but which demanded time, right? 🙂

I knew in my bones that the post I wrote in five minutes was going to do far better than the post that I spent weeks researching and polishing and thinking about.

Today I’ve got the proof! 🙂


Night at the Museum
Salamis (According to Herodotus)

I like both though (but I’m so much more proud of the unpopular one).

Guess which one is the unpopular one?