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”

Celebrating Shakespeare’s Globe

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.” William Shakespeare, As You Like It A few short weeks ago, a message that appeared on the website of Shakespeare’s GlobeContinue reading “Celebrating Shakespeare’s Globe”

Celebrating William Shakespeare

For many, William Shakespeare is the greatest writer in the English language. He is called England’s national poet or the “Bard on Avon” or “The Bard.” William Shakespeare continues to entertain, long after his passing, reminding me that once words are written, they take on a life of their own. In the year that weContinue reading “Celebrating William Shakespeare”

Sigh No More, Ladies

He may have died 400 years ago, today on April 23, 1616, but his advice remains fresh and relevant.  One of my favourite passages is Sigh No More Ladies from “Much Ado About Nothing” which reminds us that our lives are not meant for melancholy, but for living with joyous abandonment.    William Shakespeare’s notion thatContinue reading “Sigh No More, Ladies”

Shakespeare on Goodreads

There is a lot that has been said about William Shakespeare.  Everyone has an opinion on who he was, who he was not, what he wrote etc.   The debate goes on, even after 400 years of his passing in 1616.  Therein lies the true brilliance of literature – the compelling force to continue the conversation.Continue reading “Shakespeare on Goodreads”

Song of the Witches & The Great Pumpkin

It is  Halloween, the night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’s Day.   Some scholars believe that Halloween has Christian roots which have been influenced by the Celtic harvest festival.  Some others believe that there is a connection to the Gaelic festival, Samhain.  Whatever the case may be, I am reminded of twoContinue reading “Song of the Witches & The Great Pumpkin”

A Day for Shakespeare – April 23, 2014

  “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”  William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night Today is National Shakespeare Day.  There is a great deal being said about his brilliance, his writing style and theatrical beginnings.  Some include a timeline from birth to his death, which incidentallyContinue reading “A Day for Shakespeare – April 23, 2014”

Countdown to Halloween

Halloween is coming and all of the little ghosts and goblins are in countdown mode. Unlike the scholars that debate on the origins of this auspicious day, children, of all ages, focus on the important “stuff” – the parties, candy and costumes that come every October 31st.    As we head into the final weekContinue reading “Countdown to Halloween”

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday.  The Bard of Avon, whose words expressed the joys and tragedies of humanity, our gratitude… “As an unperfect actor upon the stage Who with much fear is put besides his part Or some fierce thing, replete with too much rage Whose strengths abundance weakens his own heart So I, forContinue reading “Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!”