Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Between ingenuity and the analytic ability there exists a difference far greater, indeed, than that between the fancy and the imagination, but of a character very strictly analogous. It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic. Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in theContinue reading “Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe”

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with William Butler Yeats

Happy St Patrick’s Day! This day in 432 is the traditional date when Saint Patrick, aged about 16 is captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland. He escaped after six years and returned to Britain, where he studied Christianity and was ordained a priest. HeContinue reading “Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with William Butler Yeats”

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Any story that begins with “it was a dark and stormy night” promises to be a page-turner! Today on November 29, 1918, Madeleine L’Engle was born. I first met her the day I picked up her book, “A Wrinkle in Time.” I was eight years old. This book changed the way I viewed our planetContinue reading “A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle”

Milestones: Alfred, Lord Tennyson & Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A Gathering of Friends September 27, 1855, Alfred Tennyson read from his new book Maud and Other Poems at a social gathering in the home of Robert and Elizabeth Browning in London. Dante Gabriel Rossetti was one of the guests. As Alfred Tennyson read from his collection, Dante Rossetti was inspired to make a sketchContinue reading “Milestones: Alfred, Lord Tennyson & Dante Gabriel Rossetti”

Milestones: Emily Dickinson

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.” Emily Dickinson On August 10, 1847, Emily Dickinson graduated from Amherst Academy, where she studied English and classical literature, Latin, botany, geology, history, “mental philosophy,” and arithmetic. The study of “mentalContinue reading “Milestones: Emily Dickinson”

Milestones: In Flanders Fields

May 3, 1915, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, soldier, surgeon, artist, and poet, writes “In Flanders Fields.” This poem is read on Remembrance Day November 11th. Join me in reciting “In Flanders Fields.” In Flanders Fields By John McCraeIn Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in theContinue reading “Milestones: In Flanders Fields”

Milestones: Macbeth

Round about the cauldron go;In the poison’d entrails throw.Toad, that under cold stoneDays and nights has thirty-oneSwelter’d venom sleeping got,Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot. Double, double toil and trouble;Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. William Shakespeare, MacBeth According to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Lit Hub Daily, today in 1611, the first knownContinue reading “Milestones: Macbeth”

Milestones: Canadian Confederation

March 29, 1867 was a pivotal for Canada! On this day in Canadian history, the Dominion of Canada was created. With the British North America Act, the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada were united as the Dominion of Canada, and the province of Canada was separated into Quebec and Ontario. The British North America Act conferredContinue reading “Milestones: Canadian Confederation”

Milestones: Happy Birthday Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Barrett Browning I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bringContinue reading “Milestones: Happy Birthday Elizabeth Barrett Browning”