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Happy Birthday, Monsieur Montaigne

Posted by Sherry on 2/28/2015 in --February, Around the World, Birthdays, France |

Michel de Montaigne, b. 1533. Advice for bloggers from Montaigne: Don’t discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved. When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and […]

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Happy Birthday, HWL

Posted by Sherry on 2/27/2015 in --February, Birthdays, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

“The student has his Rome, his Florence, his whole glowing Italy, within the four walls of his library. He has in his books the ruins of an antique world and the glories of a modern one.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, b. 1807. It Is Not Always May: “Maiden, that read’st this simple rhyme, […]

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Grimm

Posted by Sherry on 2/24/2015 in --February, Birthdays, Fantasy Fiction, Folktales, General |

Wilhelm Carl Grimm, b. 1786. While he and his brother Jacob were in law school, they began to collect folk tales. They collected, after many years, over 200 folk tales, including such famous ones as Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, The Bremen Town Musicians, and Rumpelstiltskin. Both Wilhelm and Jacob were librarians. […]

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens

Posted by Sherry on 2/7/2015 in --February, Birthdays, General |

Born on this date in 1812, Mr. Dickens has been delighting readers for over 150 years. Dickens Novels I’ve Read: David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Pickwick Papers, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend Dickens Novels I Have Yet to Enjoy: Hard Times, Dombey and Son, Bleak House, […]

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Days I’m Planning to Celebrate or Observe in February

Posted by Sherry on 1/31/2013 in --February, Birthdays, Celebrations, General |

All of February: Letter-Writing Month. The challenge is to “mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch.” I want to do this with my girls. Such an encouragement to the people who receive […]

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Love Twelve Miles Long by Glenda Armand

Posted by Sherry on 2/8/2012 in --February, 2011, Children's Fiction, General, US History Project |

How long is a mother’s love for her son? Twelve miles long. Frederick’s mama must walk twelve long miles to visit her son who lives in slavery in the master’s Big House while his mother toils far way in the fields. Mama measures her journey in twelve miles of forgetting, remembering, listening, looking up, praying, […]

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Happy 200th Birthday to the Inimitable Boz

Posted by Sherry on 2/7/2012 in --February, Adult Fiction, Birthdays, General |

Happy Birthday, Mr. Dickens! Born on this date in 1812, Mr. Dickens has been delighting readers for over 150 years. Dickens Novels I’ve Read: David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Pickwick Papers, Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend DIckens Novels I Have Yet to Enjoy: Hard Times, Dombey […]

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Many Happy Returns: February 27th

Posted by Sherry on 2/27/2010 in --February, Birthdays, General, Poets and poetry |

The student has his Rome, his Florence, his whole glowing Italy, within the four walls of his library. He has in his books the ruins of an antique world and the glories of a modern one.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, b. 1807 (only five years after Victor Hugo). It Is Not Always May: […]

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Many Happy Returns: February 16th

Posted by Sherry on 2/16/2010 in --February, Birthdays, General, Television |

Henry Adams, b. 1838. He was the grandson of one president and the great-grandson of another. Numbered among his many friends were Lincoln’s private secretary John Hay, Henry Cabot Lodge, Theodore Roosevelt, geologist Clarence King, Senators Lucius Lamar and James Cameron, artist John La Farge, and writer Edith Wharton. His most famous work was an […]

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Many Happy Returns: February 13th

Posted by Sherry on 2/13/2010 in --February, Birthdays, General |

Eleanor Farjeon, b. 1881. Click on her name to read a little more about her life and her poetry. Grant Wood, b. 1892. American artist born near Anamosa, Iowa. Georges Simenon,, b. 1903. He was a Belgian-born author of detective fiction. Many of his books feature the Parisian detective, Inspector Maigret. Has anyone read these […]

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