Castle Laudun

It would appear that the [family home is for sale][]. With 8 bedrooms, 1 full bath, and 2 partial baths packed into 12,000 square feet — and currently listed at $5 million — it’s safe to say they don’t build them like they did in 1650.

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Laudun Cosmetics

One of the things most overlooked in discussions about search and searching is the fact that adjacency, also known as happy accidents, plays such an important role in some forms of thinking, and living. Yes, being able to drill down into results is something I want to be able to do, but I cannot enumerate now how often my own intellectual development was forwarded by a book that I found that wasn’t the book for which I was looking but the one next to it, or one shelf up, or one bay over, or one aisle over, or … “what’s this corner of the library full of” over.

Sometimes the web delivers similar results, and this is one of them:


Now I know what I am getting for birthday presents for family this next year. [Laudun Cosmetics: Passion is what drives us](

Verna’s Wisdom

I have a trio of quotations from my grandmother, Verna Lauden. The first is from 1987. The next is undated. The third is from 1992, two years before her death on 1 April 1994.

On my first birthday in Syracuse, New York, in response to my wistful remark that I thought, at the ripe age of 23, I would feel grown up at some point, she noted:

“Oh, cher, I felt like I was fifteen until I was forty-five.”

“What happened then?” I asked.

“I just didn’t feel fifteen no more.”

At some point in response to my complaining that I had had a run of bad luck. “Oh, that’s Laudun luck. If it weren’t for bad luck, we wouldn’t have any luck at all.”

And, just now, I came across a note from a journal I was keeping at the time dated 25 April 1992. I don’t know anything more what we were talking about than what the entry provides:

> In conversation Grandma Laudun noted about the future:
>> “It’s always coming. It never gets further, only closer.”

Laudun Name


1 Celtic place name “fort of Lugus”

This is the basis of the present-day place names in Continental Europe, via the Latin form Lugudunum / Lugdunum:

(1) Lyons (south-eastern France)
(2) Laon
(3) Loudon
(4) Laudun
(5) Montlezun
(6) Montlauzun
(7) Leiden

In Wales there is an example with the elements reversed – Dinas Dinlleu ‘hillfort of Dinlleu’ (locally pronounced Dinas Dinlla).

Dinlleu = Celtic dun- (= fort) + Lug- (= Lugus, name of a God)