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Oscar Wilde, b.October 16, 1854, d.November 30, 1900

Posted by Sherry on 10/15/2014 in --October, Adult Fiction, Birthdays, General, Literary fiction |

Facts about Oscar Wilde that you may not have known: Oscar’s father, Sir William Wilde, was an ear and eye doctor, and his mother, Lady Jane Francesca Agnes Elgee Wilde, was a writer, poet, and translator. Oscar was profoundly affected by the death of his younger sister when she was ten years old, and for […]

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Jane Austen and the Longing for Fidelity and Honor

Posted by Sherry on 12/16/2013 in --December, Adult Fiction, Birthdays, Christian Fiction, General |

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! We discussed the novels of Jane Austen recently in Sunday School class at my church (studying this book by Jerome Barrs), and we particularly focused on the reason for Austen’s burst in popularity in the past 20 years or so. Of course, movie and TV mini-series versions of Austen’s novels fueled […]

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The 8th Gift of Christmas on Prince Edward Island, c.1877

Christmas morning broke on a beautiful white world. It had been a very mild December and people had looked forward to a green Christmas; but just enough snow fell softly in the night to transfigure Avonlea. Anne peeped out from her frosted gable window with delighted eyes. The firs in the Haunted Wood were all […]

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The 2nd Gift of Christmas at Lake Truckee, California, 1846

Posted by Sherry on 12/2/2013 in --December, Birthdays, Celebrations, Christmas, Christmas gifts, General, Movies |

Margret [Reed] did her best to revive a few hours of Christmas joy for her hungry children. She’d saved a meager hoard for the occasion–a few dried apples, a few beans, a little tripe, and a small piece of bacon. The children watched as the treats simmered in the kettle, and when they sat down […]

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November 29th–A Very Good Day

Three wonderful authors, for whose work I am very thankful, were born on this date. Any of their books would make lovely Christmas presents. 1. C.S. Lewis Lewis is the best writer and the most profound thinker of the three, the one whose work will stand the test of time. I predict that Mere Christianity, […]

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Poetry Friday: David McCord

Posted by Sherry on 11/14/2013 in --December, --November, Birthdays, General, Poets and poetry |

Children’s poet David McCord was born on November 15 (or December 15 or 17), 1897 in New York City. (Most internet sources say December 15th or just 1897.) He grew up in New Jersey and Oregon, and went to school at Harvard, where he later worked as a fundraiser for the Harvard College Fund. He […]

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