Meli: An Obituary

Readers of both this blog and my books will be familiar with our dog of 13 years and beloved family member, Meli. Sadly, Meli has now passed away. On Wednesday we woke up at 2.30 in the morning by what we thought was the wee one whinging. As she is at an age when she...

Help Me Write The Kind Of Posts You Enjoy Reading

With the coming of the new year, I realized I am now entering my fourth year of blogging. In this time, I have published some 800 posts. Some were more successful than others, of course, during my experiments with various formats and topics. As I was looking back and...

Happy Thanksgiving

This has been a wonderful year in many respects, with the new arrival in our life stealing our hearts, even though we barely have the time to enjoy a nice cup of tea anymore. Apart from Mary Natalie, one of my top reasons to be grateful are you – my amazing community...

9 Ways to Find What You’re Looking For on Google

I’ve been using Google since the early 90s, when it was first conceived, and have been using it daily since. And yet, even I didn’t know some the shortcuts found below, brought to us by brightside.me. 1. Either this or that Sometimes we’re not sure of,...

How (not) to Get your Baby to Eat

As some of you may remember, today is our anniversary, and I thought I’d share a special post. Some of you (yes, Debby, I’m looking at you) have been complaining it’s been a while since you saw our baby girl, so I’m happy to report that...

A Fantasy Tip from Russian History

Six-year-old Onfim stifled a yawn. His teacher was droning on and on about Old Russian alphabet, but Onfim had had enough scrawling letters onto his birchbark notebook. His mind wandered to the really exciting things that Novgorod in 1220 AD had to offer: brave...

Medieval Tweets and Post-its

Photo: Leiden, Bibliotheca Thysiana, Inv. nr. 2200 H. Photography Giulio Menna (@sexycodicology), courtesy of Erik Kwakkel May 31st, 1486 turned out to be an unseasonably hot day on the Rhine. Count Philip was holding court. A duke was droning on and on, and the Count...