• Urban in Scotland Series

      I was surprised and delighted to experience this small country. If you asked me only a few years ago if I’d ever visit, I’d scoff and say “No! What’s there?” Sometimes what you don’t know can keep you from experiencing so much! Say what you will but Outlander on Starz inspired me to visit

  • Urban in Scotland: Day 1 Glasgow & the West End

    When I arrive in Glasgow on a late Wednesday morning, the weather is fine. Hey I didn’t come here for the sun (there is none)! Although on my first day, it’s none of that Scottish “dreich” (Scots word for the wet, cold, gloomy weather) that I hear so much about. Yes it was cloudy but

  • Jumping Over the Moon: “The Making of Outlander” Book

    When I heard that a book was coming out about the making of the first two seasons of Starz’s Outlander, I was over the moon. No I really jumped over the moon that’s how excited I was!   Tara Bennett’s book, “The Making of Outlander”, hits my sweet spots: Production + Outlander = How my

  • There is No Conspiracy. Just Real People Making A Show.

    Photo courtesy of outlander-online.com Following post inspired by “The Making of Outlander” book by Tara Bennett. You can read a review of it here.   In light of appreciation for the hard work that goes into making this show, I really need to give my two cents about some other hot-button Outlander things that I

  • How Jen Had A Conversation With Tobias Menzies

    More like, “How I’m About to Have a Conversation with Jen about Tobias Menzies and How He Continues to Slay Us”   “But Tobias. Oh, Tobias. Here’s the thing about Tobias…the sincerity that cuts through your soul, is present in this performance. Almost like the role was created for him… and it’s a wonderful journey

  • An Outlandish Hat Chat with Ellen Christine Couture

      Ellen Christine is a very cool lady. She’s a milliner and for those of us who are not familiar with that term (I for one!), it basically means that she makes hats for women. Nestled in a corner of the West Village in New York City, her atelier is a wonderland of fabrics, ribbons,

  • Exchoes & Speculation – Season 2 Episode 1

    Looking back at Season 2’s Episode 1 “Through A Glass, Darkly”, what are the echoes from Season 1? Fireplaces, Black Jack Randall, and Ghosts! Also, some speculation for Season 2 from a Dragon Fly in Amber Virgin! The Ring, Little Roger Wakefield, pregnancies, and that pesky time travel. (Oh and Tobias Menzies needs an Emmy.)

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  • Were there any people of color in Scotland?

    There’s a lot of talk recently about racial diversity in the media landscape. Whether it’s the Oscar Race with #Oscarssowhite or depicting historical ethnic accuracies in our favorite film and shows. It got me thinkin: How racially diverse was Scotland and (tip of the hat to Season 2) France in the 18th century? Really, I

  • Cold in NYC but HOT in deleted Wedding scene

    There’s a blizzard a blowin here in the city so I’m warming up with my favorite deleted scenes from Season 1’s The Wedding episode (and a few others)! Hands down that this episode is my favorite (The Reckoning a close second). To me, it’s perfect in terms of structure, narration, and character development. Much to

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