“When your imagination suggests a proposition, consider well if it be worth doing; then, if you decide in the affirmative, bring to its achievement all the conquering energy of your will. Force the project to completion. Even when each individual cog and wheel in the domestic machinery threatens to throw up its job, don’t wobble. … More Recipe for Initiative
Thursdays at four o’clock, Emilie Loring was “at home” to receive guests for afternoon tea. If you’ve read any of her thirty novels, you know how much she loved giving teas. “If this house were to float down river in a flood your mother would manage a tea party on the roof.” As Long As I Live A tea … More Find Your Fortune in a Pleasant Cup of Tea
I think we’ve all had the feeling of being led to something, of being called by something. It’s happened while researching Emilie Loring’s life–the urge to turn down an unknown street, and there is something I’ve hoped to find; the impulse to turn just one more page or take a book off the shelf that, … More When Things Just Want to be Found
What is it about lighthouses that so captures our imaginations? I have loved them since I was a kid, and I grew up in Arizona. The first lighthouse I saw in person was at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina when I was seven, and I already loved them. That was because my sisters and I had seen … More Thrill to the Romance of Lighthouses
There is a Mary Engelbreit card that says, “We are always the same age inside.” It’s a sweet idea, and I’ve given the card to friends approaching their decade birthdays–30, 40, 50. Then my dad told me, when he was in his sixties, “I am still the exact same inside, like I was when I … More Enthusiasm is the Fountain of Youth
Emilie Loring wrote to her editor from a Maine hotel: Beautiful surroundings. Table excellent. Very well managed. Music twice daily. So far the guests appear to be of the “Proper Bostonian” type, the season guests, I mean. No social hostess. Nothing planned for the entertainment of guests like card parties or tournaments–that … More Beautiful Surroundings. Book on its Way.
Yesterday, I visited a state park where my sisters and I played as kids. It was private land then, a park created by a retired couple and shared, for free, with the public. The wife even crocheted tiny dresses onto tiny dolls and sold them for only a nickel. I still have mine. The park was given to the … More When You Share the Things You Love