Summer Flashback – Strange Visitors, Men in Skirts, and More!

It's the last weekend of summer, which means it's a sad time around here. Faces are glum, moods are down, and we're already counting down the days until it comes around again. So, what better way to hold onto summer than to have a little Summer Flashback full of the strange visitors to my garden, … Continue reading Summer Flashback – Strange Visitors, Men in Skirts, and More!

Hankering for Haggis at the Portland Highland Games

After all the book sales, reading competitions, and hunting for book bargains lately, Finn McSpool decided it was time to take a break from all that smarty pants literary stuff and head out for a round of bagpiping-haggis-muching-caber-tossing fun. Luckily, the Portland Highland Games fit the bill to a T and they just happened to be … Continue reading Hankering for Haggis at the Portland Highland Games

Finn McSpool Goes Back To Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day, also know as "The Day Everyone is Irish" or perhaps "Green Beer Day" or maybe even "Day Americans Eat Corned Beef Thinking It's An Irish Speciality." Whatever you call it, if you can't get to Ireland or even a good Irish pub today, Finn McSpool has got you covered as he … Continue reading Finn McSpool Goes Back To Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

A Monstrous Christmas at Pittock Mansion (aka ‘The Solonian Palace’)

That's right, Finn McSpool is back and he's not only ready to show off some local holiday cheer, but also the building that inspired my favorite location from my fantasy world of Osteria: Portland's Pittock Mansion (aka "the Solonian Palace"). I went hunting through my old blog posts, certain that I had covered Pittock Mansion … Continue reading A Monstrous Christmas at Pittock Mansion (aka ‘The Solonian Palace’)