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”

Milestones: John Bunyan, Mark Twain, & Toni Morrison

On this day in history, we are marking three remarkable events. Without question, February 18th was a stellar day for readers. February 18, 1678 , John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress” was published in Holborn, London, by Nathaniel Ponder, known to be a bookseller and publisher of nonconformist works. The Pilgrim’s Progress was written during John Bunyan’sContinue reading “Milestones: John Bunyan, Mark Twain, & Toni Morrison”

Milestones: Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense

On January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine published the pamphlet “Common Sense” advocating American independence. “When I was teaching children I began every day writing this on the blackboard: “Do to others what you would like them to do to you”, telling them how much better the world would be if everybody lived by this rule.”Continue reading “Milestones: Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense”

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”

Milestones: Dalton Trumbo

“The only kind of love worth having is the kind that goes on living and laughing and fighting and loving.” Dalton Trumbo On December 9, 1905 James Dalton Trumbo was born. For those who are unfamiliar with this name, you would know Dalton Trumbo’s work and know of the pivotal time in history in whichContinue reading “Milestones: Dalton Trumbo”