robin maderich

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I live on a country road. I once prepared a photo essay about this road for submission to a magazine because, to me, it represents a great deal of the beauty to be found in Lehigh County, all on one and a half miles of narrow, curving asphalt. One can find woods and farm land […]

John Williams is my favorite modern composer. I just had to share this wonderful interview from CBS Sunday Morning (YouTube). Sit back, listen, and remember where his music has brought you over the years : )

This worn-out cliché has come to be known by all as a reference to being quick to judge people, places and things by outward appearance, without giving them a real chance. As readers we take this adage to heart, sometimes without meaning to—it can’t be helped. We are drawn to what attracts us through our […]

Despite best-laid plans, my garden has now suffered from a couple years’ neglect. All of the gardens have. I read the below article this morning and yes, found myself longing for a certain garden “look” the way it used to be, or better. Although the article referred to freshening up one’s garden as the seasons […]

When I wrote my blog titled Ah, that Dickens some time ago, I planned to expound upon it. Time has passed, and I have finally gotten around to it in this blog post about self-publishing and episodic releases. I hope you find it informative. Inspired by Dickens in so many ways… Charles Dickens has always […]

Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about? Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. [moves toward the center of the stage] Lights, please. “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, […]

If you’re in need of something uplifting this season, close your eyes and listen to this compilation of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Ode to Joy) and Joy to the World. Absolutely gorgeous and, well, joyful!

It’s cloudy here, a bit of snow predicted. I have been looking forward to seeing the “Christmas Star” and the meteor showers, but I’m going to have to content myself with photographs (like that’s going to make up for something that won’t happen for another how-many centuries). Still, the Winter Solstice is a meaningful time […]

These are my ten favorite quotes relative to Christmas, whether from movies or television shows, books or, yes, the internet. Again, as with the movie list, they are listed as they pop into my head and not by any preference. I thought I might try to make this a little fun and see if any […]

It’s been one heck of a year. Christmas is going to be tough—which, really, should make this time even more precious than usual. I’ve listed a few suggestions for getting into the Christmas spirit. Hopefully they will help, and if you have any others please feel free to drop them into the comments! First of […]