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”

The Professor

As in years past, January 3rd is a special evening. Tonight, I will join other J.R.R. Tolkien fans from around the world in raising a glass to toast the birthday of this much loved author at precisely 21:00 (9:00pm) local time. I have chosen a special combination of cranberry juice and soda for the occasion.Continue reading “The Professor”

Milestones: Happy Birthday Jane Austen

Jane Austen would be pleased to know that her letters will be preserved for all to see. This morning, I read the most exciting news on The Literary Hub. Walker Caplan wrote that The Honresfield Library’s rare collection, that dates back to the 1800’s, came up for auction this May. Up until then, this collectionContinue reading “Milestones: Happy Birthday Jane Austen”

The Poetry of Rupert Brooke

On this day in 1887, English poet Rupert Brooke, described by W.B. Yeats as “the handsomest young man in England,” is born. Rupert Chawner Brooke is known for his idealist war sonnets written at the beginning of WWI. While his poem,“The Soldier,” also known as “Nineteen-Fourteen: The Soldier” was immediately popular, looking back there isContinue reading “The Poetry of Rupert Brooke”

Dave Astor’s ‘Twas the Write Before Christmas

The week between Christmas and News Years is a time of reflection and anticipation. The days are mellow, with the festive glow gently prompting us to look back to where we have been even as we look forward to where we are heading next. Poignancy and anticipation invite us to invest in the present moment.Continue reading “Dave Astor’s ‘Twas the Write Before Christmas”

Read A Book Day

Sunday, September 6, 2020 is Read a Book Day, which came into being somewhere at the end of the decade that ushered in the 21st century. I read that the Read a Book Day may have been first recommended by a librarian thinking to interest children to read. And as librarians are known for brilliantContinue reading “Read A Book Day”

Let It Be Forgotten

It was in late February, early March when I recited Sara Teasdale’s poem, “Let It Be Forgotten” on the Vancouver Seawall. It was only a few weeks before the world changed and we entered a time of solitude. This is a favourite poem of mine for it reminds me that time is a kind friendContinue reading “Let It Be Forgotten”