Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Contemplating Winter

Winter Contemplation
by Mauverneen

Snowy Lonesome
 

There is quiet beauty in the starkness of a winter landscape

Just the basics; the bones, as it were - like the bareness of an open soul

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

POSITIVELY (AUTO) SHOW TIME

by Mauverneen

Welcome to the Auto Show
 Americans and their cars! The annual Auto Show is big news when it comes to Chicago but, truth be told, until this year, I had never been to it. It is one huge, glitzy showroom!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

POSITIVELY... A Good Week

by Mauverneen

What are YOU celebrating this week? The Year of the Snake? Mardi Gras? Ash Wednesday? Valentine’s Day? (which is, coincidentally, international condom day). Pick one or pick them all. If you pick them all you’re going to be pretty tired by the end of the week but at least the menu won’t get boring.

Sunday – sweet and sour something, fried rice, fortune cookies;
Tuesday – jambalaya, gumbo, bread pudding and hurricanes;
Wednesday – fish;
Thursday – a quiet, romantic dinner of prime rib, steak or maybe some upscale Italian or other fine dining experience with a glass or two of wine;
Friday – more fish.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

So Many Castles, So Little Time

by Mauverneen


Americans are fascinated by castles. Probably because we don’t have any. While there may be a few structures that might qualify, for the most part castles are not an American thing.

View of Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Driving through Europe it seems there are castles, or the ruins of castles, every few miles. For someone like me, who wants to stop at every bend in the road and take pictures, it makes it hard to get anywhere. Although I can't begin to name all the castles and all the countries that have these treasures, Germany has it's Nekar Valley and it's Burgenstra├če (castle road), which starts in Mannheim and goes all the way to Prague, in the Czech Republic. France  has the Loire Valley. Of course the UK has it's share, with tiny Wales having more castles per square mile than any other country.