About

Mary Ellen Foley grew up in Kentucky, spent many years on the San Francisco Peninsula, and now lives in a rural village in Surrey in England.  She has more degrees than she has any use for, conferred by Transylvania University (Kentucky) and Stanford University (California).

Having earned a couple of these degrees in chemistry, she of course had a career in software engineering that inevitably led to her return to Stanford for a Master of Liberal Arts with a focus on literature.  She now edits other writers’ manuscripts, writes a few of her own, and is on the editorial staff of the Virginia Woolf Bulletin.

She and  her husband, Ernest Adams, recently became dual nationals.  As long as the UK and the USA don’t descend into open warfare, that should work out.

27 responses to “About

  1. You’re getting off to a good start!

  2. Christopher Harris

    Mary Ellen, I just wanted you to know that I have included a link your very interesting blog on mine too. The story about the bomb was amazing. I had a similar experience visiting Berlin in 1990. I think Europe, unfortunately, is littered with unexploded ordinance.

    Your entry about dialects, i.e., ‘writing’ v. ‘riding’ was hysterical!

    Take care, my friend, and do stay in touch! See you on Shelfari in ‘AA’ too. ;-) Cheers! Chris (‘Sir Roddy’)

    • Belatedly, it occurred to me that people might read that as Alcoholics Anonymous, so for the sake of anyone who might be confused thusly, I’ll add that this ‘AA’ stands for Anglophiles Anonymous, a book discussion group at http://www.shelfari.com, for fans of British literature.

      On Anglophiles Anonymous we all have pseudonyms. Chris, as he mentioned, is Sir Roddy aka Captain Sir Roderick Prichard Williams, CAC, R.N. (Ret). (That’s Royal Navy, not Registered Nurse, by the by.)

      I am simply Miss Adeline Gatwick-Heathrow.

  3. Annie (Crutcher) Cunningham

    Greetings to you!
    With a recent donation to the scholarship fund, I am now receiving the Transylvania Magazine. Scanning the “News and Notes” for class mates remembered – I now read your blog. Ah the memories of a next door neighbor whom I could always rely on for a weekly article to print in The Rambler
    I am green about your life abroad. My husband and I talk of how such a life could work for us, but never take action.
    I look forward to reading more – so Write on! or Right-on!

    Annie Crutcher, Transy ’79
    (next door/single at the end of the hall)

  4. Marc & Janet Chambers

    Hi Mary Ellen and Ernest!
    Rember us? Cathy Villa told me about your blog. Congrats to you and Ernest. Sounds like a wonderful life. Janet and I have been living in Bend Or. for the past 20 years. Our son Alex, who was born when we lived in your old house graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville NC and has a baby boy of his own. Our other son, Patrick is in his freshman year at Oregon State. Also a wonderful life. Take care
    Marc & Janet

  5. JESSI

    Great blog! Thanks for stopping by our blog (www.bouched.com) and leaving the link to a news article! Very funny. Hope life is going well across the pond!

  6. Jan Spoor

    Mary Ellen,

    I like your blog! I’ll post a link to it in my LiveJournal, which has a fair proportion of British and American readers who I think will enjoy your take on the transAtlantic relationship.

    You’re the second person I’ve met who went to Transylvania–the other was a young woman who worked at the bookshop I managed in Boston back before the dawn of time. She came from the euphoniously named Horse Cave, KY, and she was smart as a whip. I lost track of her when I left Boston, but I imagine she’s running a university (or a small country) now; if not it will only be because she found something more interesting to do.

    cheers,

    Jan

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  8. Peter Reynolds

    Tell you what, don’t joke about the UK/US open warfare! Not until tonight’s over!

    Whereabouts in Surrey? I used to live Godalming, Albury, Chiddingfold…

    What sort of manuscripts? I’m half way throuigh my second novel and looking for better agent than the last one.

    See”About Me” on my blog for more details.

  9. Mary Ellen, I came to your blog by way of your comment on my guest post at Jane Austen’s World. I can’t wait until I have time later in the week to come back and enjoy it. It looks marvelous!

  10. tobybeech

    Since your a dual national, how do you spell colour? colour or “color”?

    Just kidding, thanks for your comment on my blog.

  11. Danielle Charles

    Hi Mary Ellen,

    Love your blog. I’m one of those American English wannabes, making mince pies at Christmas and raspberry trifle in summer, and pronouncing tomatoes as tomahhhtoes to the dismay of friends and family :) My husband and I have been on the verge of moving to England for several years, if only we can find a way to make it work. Are you and your husband both Americans? How did you come to live in England? I’d love to hear about your transition over seas, if you feel like sharing. My email is teacupandco@gmail.com

    Anyway, thanks for your witty anglo-american banter!

    A fellow anglophile,
    Danielle

    • I’m glad you like it here! As for how we made the move, there’s a little bit of explanation here, though it doesn’t go into specifics. Maybe I’ll post about that sometime–

      Thanks for the comment!

  12. GEne Jackson

    Hi. You are very knowledgable about UK customs and food. Years ago I spent a few days with a friend in Bangor, Wales. It was just after Whitsunday, and she shared a marvelous little Whitsunday cake with me, heavy, full of fruits and nuts, she said to make it stay together so peasants could walk long distances with it to visit their families. I’ve looked for 30 years – have you heard of this cake? Would you happen to have a recipe for it? If so, I would greatly appreciate your emailing it to me at genenws@windstream.net, since I probably wouldn’t be able to rlocate your great blog. Thanks. Gene in Texas.

    • My first guess is that it’s probably a simnel cake, but Wales, with it’s own language and culture, has its own traditions, and I have a hard enough time keeping up with what my English neighbors are doing. Simnel cakes are associated with Easter now, but started out having something to do with Mother’s Day, I believe (which comes much earlier in the UK than it does in the US). Did the cake you remember have marzipan balls on top? A simnel cake should have not only a layer of marzipan, but balls of marzipan on top.

      If I can find out more, I’ll try to get back to you (and I will send this by email as well as posting it in case others are interested), but if you are interested in this sort of thing, may I invite you to subscribe? Then you won’t have to find my blog again; you’ll get a notice by email when a new story goes up.

      I haven’t made a simnel cake myself, and can’t give you a precise recipe, but if you search the internet for “simnel cake” you should find plenty to choose from.

  13. Hello darling! It occurred to me that although I frequently check in on your blog, I never “followed” you… until now. Also, I don’t know that I ever mentioned having one of my own to you, although you would have seen the updates on facebook. So, I am here commenting on how lovely I find everything, as usual, and shall now bid you adieu! – A.K.

  14. elle donlon

    Hi, Im an artist working on a piece that was initially going to be a collection of stills from american cinema featuring the usage of British currency. while doing my research I stumbled across your blog, and Ive spent the last 45 minutes nosing through! Its made me decide to be a little looser with my search, and look more for general imagery of typical englishness in american surroundings. would you have any guidance or do you perhaps have anything in mind?

  15. I enjoy your blog and would like to contact you to see if you would consider writing for The Guildford Dragon NEWS.

  16. Love your initials and last name! : )

  17. Benedicte

    I’m new to your blog, but I love it. I’ve recently received the Lovely Blog Award, and had an opportunity to pass it on. I’m thrilled to nominate you! http://simpletangles.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/moved-to-tears-ive-been-awarded/

    • That’s extremely kind of you, and it’s really gratifying to hear that you love the blog! I wasn’t aware of this type of award, but it seems like a useful way for bloggers to showcase the work they like and find sites they might not otherwise find; I’ve visited your blog, and the pages of some of your other nominees. Looking forward to reading more — and thanks again!

      • Benedicte

        It was my first experience of any kind of award, but I love the fact that a whole new world of blogging has exploded in my life, a little like a firework!

      • I’ll get around to paying it forward when I can–it’s a really busy time for me now–but thanks once more, and good luck.

  18. Hi. Thanks very much for visiting my blog and liking my post. Lovely to read some of your posts about iconic authors / songs that make me think differently about them.

  19. I am an Anglo American and am considering the dualistic [sic.] option. I am one of the Camden Foleys, late of Sussex and soon to come back to St Pancras Old Church for a visit. I am of course around the other way.
    Nice blogging…

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