The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

As you probably know, the English don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. O. Henry loves to tell people – it is a “purely American” holiday. In England, we celebrate Harvest Festival. Of course, we’ve given thanks for successful harvests since pagan times – the odd virgin...
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I grew up surrounded by all things Jane Austen. She died in my hometown of Winchester in the county of Hampshire in England, and is buried in Winchester Cathedral. She spent much of her life in Hampshire, and lived her last eight years in Chawton, near Winchester. The...

White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit

Posted on June 2, 2016 by Bernadette Nason I’ve been saying, “White rabbit, white rabbit, white rabbit” first thing on the first day of every month since I was tiny. According to my lovely mum, mentioning white rabbits x 3 first thing on the first day of the month...

St. Valentine’s Day in Libya, 1985

What does the average woman expect to receive on St. Valentine’s Day? Flowers, chocolates, and champagne come to mind, naughty knickers perhaps. At the very least, a card. I haven’t lived in Great Britain for ages, and haven’t been there on that...
Christmas Memories from My Mum

Christmas Memories from My Mum

Late in my mother’s life, I asked her to write down anything she remembered about our growing up years, a difficult time as Mum was a single parent, and Dad rarely sent the money required to take care of three little children. Fearing that Christmas had become a...

Halloween Treats

Posted on October 31, 2016 by Bernadette Nason I’ve just got in from my last Halloween storytelling session for this season — I calculate about 3,300 children in the past ten days have gobbled up those Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night. It’s my most heavily booked...