A Year In The Life Of Downton Abbey Book Review

Most successful television shows have some sort of cultural impact. Some may initiate a haircut of the moment such as the Rachel  during mid 1990’s or a well known catchphrase  such as “Did I do that?” from Family Matters.

Few shows have had the cultural impact that Downton Abbey have had. Even fewer have a line of merchandise.  There is the tea (several of which I personally recommend), the Christmas ornaments, the t-shirts, etc. Ahead of the season 5 premiere in January, author Jessica Fellows (niece of the show creator, Julian Fellows), has published her third Downton Abbey related book.

A Year In The Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations Traditions and Recipes is different format than Ms. Fellows two previous books.

While the previous books, like this book, contained interviews with the cast and crew, this book is is in calender form. Starting in January and ending in December, the book details the lives of the characters during each month of the year. Added to this book is recipes, a feature which is a nice addition.

I recommend this book.


Michael Brown

On August 9th, 2014, 18 year Michael Brown, an African-American teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer.

On Monday, the grand jury did not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting. The result was the looting and burning of business district in Ferguson, Missouri.

This is a tragedy, no matter how the story is told. There is no getting around that an 18 year old boy is dead.

Just after the verdict was released to the public, the victim’s family called for peaceful protest.  Their request fell on deaf ears.

I am not in the shoes of the Mr. Brown’s family and Office Wilson. This is strictly my opinion.

While the reaction from the protestors is a natural one,  I personally do not see how looting and burning helps this community and nation to move forward.

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. proved that change can happen without resorting to violence.  We can use laws and education to improve this country for the better.

My heart goes out to Mr. Brown’s family and the business owners (and by extension, their employees) whose livelihoods were destroyed. Instead one tragedy, we have two.

Happy Thanksgiving.




Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. When I sit down to dinner tomorrow night, these are the things that I am and will continue to be thankful for.

I am thankful for the roof over my head.

I am thankful for the food on my plate.

I am thankful, despite my present professional situation, for the opportunities I’ve had, even if the outcome was not the desired one.

I am thankful for the family and friends who are part of my  life.

I am thankful for my good health.

I am thankful that my heavenly creator has given me another day of life.

I am thankful that I have the gift of words.

Most of all, I am thankful to you, my readers who continually read and support my blog.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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