Destination: Châteaux of the Loire Valley, France (Part 1)

Bonjour! This past weekend, I decided to get out of the house and take a trip over to the Loire Valley, located just south of Paris in the Centre region of France. In particular, I was interested in visiting the châteaux de la Loire, a cluster of chateaux situated along the Loire river. I'd been meaning to … Continue reading Destination: Châteaux of the Loire Valley, France (Part 1)

I Hate April Fools’!

Least favorite holiday of the year…Happy April Fool’s all the same!

The Finicky Cynic

Hey everyone, and happy May! I mean, March…hey, whaaattt??!!!


Happy April, folks.

Yup, today marks the first day of April. Not only that, but it’s also April Fools’ Day. For those who don’t know and/or don’t celebrate it, April Fools’ is a day dedicated to playing jokes and tricks on others, whether it be friends, peers, family, or even complete strangers. From little things such as saying, “Your shoe-lace is untied” (when, in fact, it isn’t) to larger-scaled pranks like announcing a Swiss Spaghetti Harvest on television (which actually happened), nothing is taken seriously on this day of jest.

And I hate it.

Granted, I don’t mind a good joke here and there. But using the day to embarrass or victimize someone just doesn’t seem…nice. Even if the joke’s “harmless,” it enforces a sort of power dynamic between the joker and his/her victim. And I don’t…

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