Author name: ejurus

I started Lion Tail Magic as a way to help people recapture the adventurous spirit of their childhood -- exploration, curiosity about everything, and a belief that anything is possible if you want it and are willing to work towards it. I am a travel coach, professional speaker, writer and endlessly curious world traveller.

True Crime Victorian Style

It’s only forty-one days to Halloween, so it’s time to introduce a little eeriness to my blog 😉 True crime is extremely popular these days, with plenty of reality shows to watch on television, as well as fictional series that have capitalized on the trend – e.g. Only Murders in the Building, one of my …

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The colour brown: boring or eloquent?

Brown is a September colour; it always makes me think of ‘back-to-school’, of walnuts and chestnuts on the ground, the bindings of books, tree leaves changing to tan and rust and fluttering off branches to dance on the wind. I don’t think brown gets enough respect. While it’s not flashy, it carries so many qualities …

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Beware the Headless Horseman! — Sleepy Hollow Country in NY State

My childhood was shaped by an eerie scene of cattails alongside a road that were beating, in the rising wind, a tattoo like ghostly hoofbeats upon a dark and lonely road. I’ve loved Disney’s The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), an animated adaptation narrated by Bing Crosby, from the moment I first watched …

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Fall adventure: road trips

Crisp fresh air, the colours and scents of autumn, funky small towns and eateries you wouldn’t discover any other way – it’s hard to beat a fall road trip for an all-encompassing travel adventure.   Post-pandemic, there’s not much planning required for a road trip – decide the general area, throw some clothes in a …

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The 100 greatest children’s books of all time

“Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.” L. Frank Baum. The Wonderful Wizard of …

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Primeval, beautiful, dangerous water lilies

The Great Devourer, as she’s known by all, prowls towards me, leaving no tracks and casting no shadow. She stops in front of me and says, I am here for you, Nenuphar. Apep has given me until the end of the Seventh Hour to cross the sands.   I can’t absorb all her words. But …

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Liminal spaces – fascinating thresholds

Apparently “liminal spaces” are having a moment.   I’ve been aware of them for a long time after reading a lot of Celtic mythology. The ancient Celts believed that there were many liminal places, thought of as ‘thin’ spaces, where the veil between worlds was fragile and we could sometimes get in touch with those …

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Are you ‘Dark Academia’, Neo-Victorian, or even Cottagecore at heart?

These days there’s a label for everything. Our society seems unable to function unless it’s categorized a trend and given it a designation. I suspect there are people quietly living their own way without knowing that their lifestyle falls under a certain ‘aesthetic’. The poor fools 😉   What’s most interesting to me is our …

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