I Aways Wanted To Be A Viking

Dedicated to Maureen. I'm honoring her challenge to write about our holiday adventures and post photos. Rhine River Cruise Join me for the next eight days as my husband and I (we left the two feral cats at home) as we take a leisurely cruise down the Rhine River aboard Viking River Cruises. The Viking… Continue reading I Aways Wanted To Be A Viking

Tartans & Kilts

A kilt ( in Scottish Gaelic: fèileadh [ˈfeːləɣ]; and in Irish: féileadh) is a type of knee-length men’s dress skirt with pleats at the back, originating in the traditional dress of Gaelic men and boys in the Scottish Highlands. It is first recorded in the 16th century as the great kilt, a full-length garment whose upper half could be worn as a cloak. The small kilt or modern kilt emerged… Continue reading Tartans & Kilts

The Beginning of the Ragland Tree

For Raglands and those researching the roots of the Ragland clan, the farthest back I've heard of is to Adam of Usk. So who the heck is he? County of Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy in Welsh) Adam of Usk was a Welsh priest, a canonist, late medieval historian, and chronicler. His writings were hostile towards King Richard II of… Continue reading The Beginning of the Ragland Tree

Ragland Castle & Tea

If you're thinking—or hoping—the Ragland Castle is now open for high tea, I'm sorry to say that isn't the case. However, you can have tea in a china cup featuring the Ragland Castle. About the Ragland Castle China The Ragland Castle was one of many castles in a china pattern made by the Johnson Brothers.… Continue reading Ragland Castle & Tea

The Writer’s Life

Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” Mark Twain The Write Stuff

A Confederate Soldier

By Sam Cook A Ragland descendant My name is Sam Cook. Based on the research and writings of my cousin, Charles J. Ragland, Jr., He wrote The Raglands: The History of a British-American Family, Volumes One & Two. The following piece comes from information found in Volume 1. The books were published in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in… Continue reading A Confederate Soldier