Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park

(Photo Source) All the world's a stage. And all the men and women, merely players - William Shakespeare, As You Like It In high school, I was one of the very few people who actually wanted to take Shakespeare as an English elective. Although reading the Bard's works was often confusing and hard to Continue reading

A Rose By Any Other Name…

A Rose By Any Other Name…

(Photo Source) William Shakespeare was heavilly influenced by the Elizabethan society of his time. Although you may recogize the influences of politics, family, and classism, in Shakespeare's works, you may not recognize the more subtle influences of his surroundings. For instance, gardening, ie. Continue reading

How To Perfect Your British Accent

How To Perfect Your British Accent

(Photo Source) As the proud owner of a new iPhone 4,  I'm quickly learning about the thousands of applications that are out in cloudland to download. There are apps for everything nowadays, including an app to help improve your English - the Queen's English! That's right, if you've ever dreamed of Continue reading

Dressing for the Royal Ascot

Dressing for the Royal Ascot

It's post time! That's right ladies and gents, on Saturday, we ventured to Arlington Park horse race track for my family's annual Father's Day event. In a sense, this event allows me to pay a small tribute to Royal Ascot, the famous British horse race, which takes place around this time each Continue reading

Be a Natural European Beauty

Be a Natural European Beauty

(Photo Source) Women in Europe take beauty seriously. But, you may be surprised to learn that many European women rely on very age-old, natural beauty enhancers that you can find in your own pantry. Women’s Health magazine recently featured the natural beauty products that women in 20 different Continue reading

World Cup for Novices

World Cup for Novices

(Photo Source) Barely in it’s first week, the World Cup has taken the world by storm. Everywhere I look, it’s World Cup this and World Cup that. While at my local Chicago Starbucks this morning, I even spotted a man wearing a FIFA soccer jersey. That is saying quite a lot coming from a city that Continue reading

They Came From Royalty

They Came From Royalty

Bonjour and Happy Memorial Day! This weekend I had a lovely time visiting with family in the beautiful state of Michigan. The weekend was full of eating, reminiscing, and a few surprises, including a few presents! My gifts included a lovely tea-for-one butterfly teapot and saucer - a birthday gift Continue reading

British Women: Head Over Heels For Shoes

British Women: Head Over Heels For Shoes

(Photo courtesy of Flickr) Not only are British women crazy about their handbags, but they are also head over heels for their shoes! A recent survey of 2,000 British women shows that the average British woman has at least 17 pairs of shoes. The survey also revealed some interesting tidbits on Continue reading

Viva La Food Revolution!

Viva La Food Revolution!

Obesity is major issue, not just in the United States, but in the United Kingdom. In response to this epidemic, British Chef Jamie Oliver has recently undertaken a huge initiative - to reduce obesity in the US and the UK by promoting better food in schools. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, which is Continue reading

5 Countries in 2  Hours

5 Countries in 2 Hours

Bonjour from Paris! Well, not really from Paris, but definitely from France - in Epcot! That's right, I'm back at Disney World! This time I'm here for a conference. But, I was able to sneak away for a few hours and visit 5 of European countries, including France, England, Germany, Norway, and Continue reading

Celebrate Easter With British Hot Cross Buns

Celebrate Easter With British Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns, hot cross buns. One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns. Years ago in England, children could be heard far and wide singing this song during the Easter season. Hot cross buns were traditionally eaten on Good Friday during Lent. Although they are still most popular during Easter, hot Continue reading

British Become Kings of the Kitchen, Outdoing the French

British Become Kings of the Kitchen, Outdoing the French

I never thought I'd say this, but the next time I go to Great Britain, it may be for the food. Let me explain. Britain - Go for the History, Not the Food Before I went to Britain for the first time, I was told I would probably lose weight. Not because of all the walking, but because the food was Continue reading