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Hereditary Magic

Halloween, 2017

Thirty-three years ago today, my maternal grandmother, Pearl Ethel Taylor Rhodes, crossed from this world into the next.

Five months earlier, she had told me that she intended to die on Halloween.  1,407 more words


In July of this year we went to Scotland for our summer holiday.  We started in Edinburgh, then visited the Isle of Mull for a week (with a stop in the Trossachs on the way) and ended with a tour of the famous locations Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Loch Ness, Inverness and Stirling. 71 more words


Catalan secessionists mull snap election as Madrid hangs tough

MADRID (Reuters) – Secessionist leaders in Catalonia may call a snap election in an attempt to break the deadlock with Madrid over independence, a senior local politician said on Tuesday, but Spanish authorities made clear that would not be enough.

To Avoid Plagiarism

I’ve had writers tell me that they are writing stories about a boy or a girl who turns into a dragon; or stories of a dragon trying to conquer evil. 533 more words


Tobermory: Ledaig 18

Scent of the Sea

Tobermory is a name that conjures many thoughts in my head.  I’m of an age young enough to recall the famous multi-coloured seafront as the eponymous town in the children’s television series Balamory.   367 more words


World shares mixed as markets mull latest Fed statement

HONG KONG/September 21, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — World stocks shares were mixed Thursday as investors digested the latest statements from the Fed, which plans to raise rates again this year, and the Bank of Japan, which signaled it won’t tighten anyti…