Classical Trivia!

Did you know Virginia Woolf was a knitter?

I was sent this article by my assistant, Eva Elo, who, like Virginia Woolf, is a knitter. It comes from an online knitting magazine, Knitting Daily. I pass it along to all those who are knitters and/or fans of Virginia Woolf. It now seems natural that Woolf, who was always […]

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The lure of the red moon

The lure of the red moon

I stayed up late and went outside on the night of Decmeber 20. But the sky was overcast and the moon was no where to be seen. There was a rosy cast to the sky though. Donna Sturla, a friend from  high school now living in California did see the […]

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Happy Google Christmas

Happy Google Christmas

My friend Joe Shields just sent me this. I need to pass it along. The Digital Story of the Nativity Plus ca change….

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CLASSICAL TRIVIA! The Awful German Language

CLASSICAL TRIVIA! The Awful German Language

If you’ve ever studied German (and maybe even if you haven’t), you’re likely to find this short essay to be hilarious. Published as Appendix D from Twain’s 1880 book A Tramp Abroad, this comedic gem outlines the pitfalls one will encounter when trying to wrap one’s mind around the torturous […]

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Mummers in Newfoundland

I grew up with the Mummers. I am from Philadelphia and mummery in the US is as unique to Philadelphia as Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. The tradition of Philadelphia Mummery started in the late 17th century as a continuation of the Old World customs of ushering in the New Year. […]

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The Southern Ten Commandments – plain and simple

The Southern Ten Commandments – plain and simple

Some of my favourite people are Southerners. Several love to let me know how things are said and done down where folks really know what’s what. I received this today from Deborah Lindsay from Marietta, Georgia. Some people have trouble with all those ‘shall’s’ and ‘shall not’s’ in the Ten Commandments. Folks just […]

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CLASSICAL TRIVIA! A Random Act of Culture

I love random acts. I prefer to buy a gift for a friend when the spirit moves me and when I find something just right to the expected holiday or milestone. I treasure unexpected pleasures – catching a pair of cardinals on the branch outside my tree. What the Philadelphia Opera […]

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