Celebration! Happy Independence Day!

Posted by Sherry on 7/4/2013 in --July, Birthdays, Celebrations, General, Summer reading |

I’m re-posting this list of 55 ways to celebrate the 4th of July–or to celebrate the USA any day. 1. Read the Declaration of Independence. Take a Declaration of Independence quiz. Learn more about American Independence Day at Independence Day on the Net. 2. Sing or learn about The Battle Hymn of the Republic 3. […]


Saturday Review of Books: July 28, 2012

Posted by Sherry on 7/27/2012 in --July, Birthdays, Booklists, Saturday Reviews |

“That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive – all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.” ~Mary […]



Posted by Sherry on 7/28/2011 in --July, Birthdays, Celebrations, General |

54 is a wonderful number, not quite as interesting as 52, but still a lovely number and a good place to be. On October 13th in the year 54, the Roman emperor Claudius died, possibly after being poisoned by Agrippina, his wife and niece. He was succeeded by Nero. O.K. that’s not a very beautiful […]


In Which I Am Born

In 1957, the year I was born, Ed Sullivan had Elvis on his show for the third time, showed him only from the waist up, and said: “This is a real decent, fine boy. We’ve never had a pleasanter experience on our show with a big name than we’ve had with you. You’re thoroughly all […]


52 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

Posted by Sherry on 7/1/2010 in --July, Booklists, Celebrations, General, History |

1. O Beautiful for spacious skies . . . Sing a patriotic song. 2. The Battle Hymn of the Republic 3. Some picture books for July 4th: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Paul Revere’s Ride.Illustrated by Ted Rand. Dutton, 1990. Dalgliesh, Alice.The 4th of July Story. Alladin, 1995. (reprint edition) Spier, Peter. The Star-Spangled Banner. Dragonfly Books, […]



Posted by Sherry on 7/28/2009 in --July, Birthdays, General, Projects |

Having as of today, July 28, 2009, spent fifty-two years on this planet, mostly in Texas, I could be expected to say something profound upon the anniversary of my birth. However, all I can think of are lists: 52 Books That Made Me Who I Am, 52 People Who Taught Me All I Know, 52 […]


Hymn #58: Alas and Did My Saviour Bleed

Posted by Sherry on 7/18/2009 in --July, Birthdays, Projects, Top 100 Hymn Project |

Lyrics: Isaac Watts, 1707. (b.1674. Yesterday, July 17th, was Isaac Watts’s birthday.) Music: MARTYRDOM attributed to Hugh Wilson, 1827. Also sung as “At the Cross” with a chorus and tune (HUDSON) by Ralph E. Hudson. Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed – Sovereign Grace Music Theme: “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One […]


Saturday Review of Books: July 11, 2009

Posted by Sherry on 7/10/2009 in --July, Birthdays, Saturday Reviews |

“I got hold of the book first. I sat in a corner with that novel and could not do anything but wash and dress mechnically, eat what was put in my hand, sleep reluctantly, and read, for two weeks. Next, my sister seized the book and she was tended, as I had been, and relieved […]


Author Celebration: Alexandre Dumas, pere

Posted by Sherry on 7/24/2008 in --July, Birthdays, General |

I missed last week’s celebration on the July 17th, the birthday of Isaac Watts, because of my blog issues. (Nasty old spammers!) However, I am just barely here in time to celebrate with you all the birthday today, July 24th, of Alexandre Dumas, French playwright and novelist who was born in 1802 and died December […]


Happy Birthday to John Calvin

Posted by Sherry on 7/10/2008 in --July, Birthdays, General |

On this date in 1509, John Calvin, or Jean Chauvin, was born in Noyon, Picardie, France. His father was a lawyer who sent young John to the University of Paris at the age of fourteen to study theology. He later changed his area of study to law. Sometime during his university studies, Calvin was exposed […]

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