Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Posted by Sherry on 6/2/2016 in 1912, Adult Fiction, Historical fiction, Romance, Scotland |

I will admit that it’s really difficult to write a realistic, compelling, and heart-warming story about an adulterous affair. Tolstoy (Anna Karenina), Flaubert (Madame Bovary), and other greats nailed the first two adjectives, realistic and compelling, but no book that I can recall has managed to make adultery “heart-warming”. Ms. Brockmole tries in Letters from […]


Christmas in Kobe, Japan, 1912

Lottie Moon was born into a comfortable life on an antebellum plantation in Virginia. She died on Christmas Eve, 1912, on board a ship off the coast of Japan, some say of sickness due to malnutrition, after a life of ministering to and suffering with the Chinese people she loved. Between her birth and death, […]


Reading About the Titanic

On April 15, 1912 the luxury liner Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. 1595 passengers and crew died. Only 745 people were saved. For some reason, more than almost any other tragedy or shipwreck, the sinking of the Titanic has inspired dozens, maybe even hundreds, of books, movies, poems, and other media. Here’s a list […]


1912: Books and Literature

Posted by Sherry on 9/12/2011 in 1912, 20th Century History Project, Adult Fiction, General, History |

Gerhart Hauptmann, a German playwright, won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His most famous play was called The Weavers about workers struggling for their rights. I read the play a long time ago for a class in college, and thought it was forgettable. However, it is significant in that the play has no hero or […]


1912: Events and Inventions

Posted by Sherry on 9/11/2011 in 1912, 20th Century History Project, General |

January 1, 1912. The Republic of China is officially established. Emperor Pu Yi abdicates the throne. March 27, 1912. The first of the famous cherry trees that beautify Washington D.C. were planted on this date in 1912 by First Lady Helen Taft and the Japanese ambassador’s wife, Viscountess Chinda. April 15, 1912. RMS Titanic,a passenger […]


Soundtrack for Carney’s House Party by Maud Hart Lovelace

I’ve just been reading the newly published edition of Maud Hart Lovlace’s Deep Valley, Minnesota novel, Carney’s House Party in which a group of college girlfriends, old and new, come together in the midwestern epitome of style and fashion for a house party, a month long sleepover with lots of picnics and teas and parties […]


Hymn #24: In the Garden

Lyrics: C. Austin Miles, 1912. Music: C. Austin Miles, 1912. Theme: When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, […]


Favorite Poets: Walter de la Mare

“A poet dares to be just so clear and no clearer; he approaches lucid ground warily, like a mariner who is determined not to scrape bottom on anything solid. A poet’s pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify it by mystification. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove […]


Unsinkable Courage

Thursday 18 April 1912 (A poem said to have been written on board the RMS Olympic, April 18, 1912, following the disaster to her sister ship) He slams his door in the face of the world If he thinks the world too bold: He will even curse; but he opens his purse To the poor, […]

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