Author Archives: Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com

D – A Downton Abbey Tea

Welcome to letter D and to this year’s Theme:                                              The Glories of Tea With Stepheny A hotel with … Continue reading

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C – Collecting China -Tea Cups, Tea Pots and Service Pieces

Welcome to letter C and to this year’s Theme:  The Glories of Tea With Stepheny Few Americans take time for afternoon tea, but collecting teacups is a passion for many. Finding room and displaying our collections can be a quandary. … Continue reading

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B – Bone China

Welcome to letter B and to this year’s Theme:  The Glories of Tea With Stepheny   The main difference between porcelain and fine bone china is the inclusion of up to 50 percent bone ash in the porcelain mixture that … Continue reading

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A – Afternoon Tea

                                  Welcome to letter A and to this year’s Theme:                             … Continue reading

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2020 A to Z Blog #Challenge – Theme Reveal

The Glories of Tea With Stepheny My first cup of pretend tea was from a child-size tin teacup that included a teapot, creamer, and sugar, and three more cups and saucers. It was the right number to serve tea to … Continue reading

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Mary Poppins: Then and Again

The movie, Mary Poppins came into the lives of children in 1964. It was the first movie I took my son, Bo, to see when he was deemed old enough to sit through and enjoy the magic of the story. We … Continue reading

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Where Have You Been Billy Boy, Billy Boy?

Oh, where have you been, charming Billy? I have not been idle only absent from posting on this blog while writing regularly on  Mainstreetrockymount.com,  about architecture and preservation, the revitalization of Rocky Mount, NC. that includes the Saving of Main … Continue reading

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Giving Books for Christmas – Don’t Forget You!

There are a lot of cold nights ahead. A good book and hot chocolate sound right to me. I can suggest two books to give for Christmas or add to your own pile of books to read this winter. I … Continue reading

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Let Me Tell You a Story about Senator Mitch McConnell – Part 2

Maybe it was because I knew some of the people and places Senator McConnell writes of in the early pages of his autobiography, The Long Game, or that to this day I am a political junkie, but I found the book … Continue reading

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Let Me Tell You A Story About Senator Mitch McConnell – A Proponent of the Long Game – Part 1

Kentucky Senior Senator, John Sherman Cooper was a statesman, a quiet, unassuming southern gentleman, and a leader of his day in our American political system. He was a member of the United States Senate, a deliberating body in those days, respectful … Continue reading

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Death of a Busybody – George Bellairs – WHO?

“There really must be a murder or at least a major felony — otherwise, what’s the point? Who’s ripping off the hand towels at the Dorchester Hotel is hardly the business of a mystery novel.” HOWARD HAYCRAFT I  didn’t begin … Continue reading

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Hallmark TV Movies – How Life is Supposed to Be!

Forget the violence, the long car chase scenes, the F-word, blowing up people and things  -Turn immediately to either of the two Hallmark TV channels. (One is a mystery channel.) I say this knowing that the men that follow this … Continue reading

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