This Month 100 Years Ago…

In October 2017, two of my grandparents weren't born yet. The others were children. My great-grandparents were still very young...at least four of them were still in high school. So much was happening in the world. World War I was raging, and America had only entered it about six months earlier. My Grandpa Great fought … Continue reading This Month 100 Years Ago…

Young at Heart: Ethel Barrymore and Frank Sinatra

One of my favorite all-time movies, Young at Heart (1954, produced by Gordon Douglas), revolves around the Tuttle sisters, Fran, Laurie, and Amy, in their search for love. The three girls do find love, but in three very different ways in this remake of an earlier movie and based off of a book by Fannie Hurst. … Continue reading Young at Heart: Ethel Barrymore and Frank Sinatra

Coming Soon: Third Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon and Other Posts

I will be taking part in a blogathon found at:  In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood as I review Young at Heart starring the brilliant Ethel Barrymore, a young Doris Day, and Frank Sinatra. Even in movies, I am drawn to the Byronic hero, and love the way the Frank Sinatra character is portrayed. Enough … Continue reading Coming Soon: Third Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon and Other Posts

Birds, Naturalists, and Writers

While working outside the other evening, I heard the unmistakable sound of a Bob White. Bob-Bob-White he called over and over. The sound transported me to my childhood in Iowa, where I would answer the bird-call and exult in his calling back to me again and again. Americans have had an obsession with birds since Audubon … Continue reading Birds, Naturalists, and Writers

Popular Baby Names in Classic Literature

According to the most recent data from the Social Security Administration, new parents are choosing names once prominent from the 18th through the early 20th centuries. Here are some well-known female characters and writers from literature and their name rankings from the current decade (2010-2019 so far): Emma (ranked #2) -This name is popular in … Continue reading Popular Baby Names in Classic Literature

Kate Greenaway and Vintage Illustrations

One of my favorite things about gutenberg.org and archive.org (both sites that offer books in the free domain) are the original illustrations found in copies of works from the 19th century and early 20th century. Kate Greenaway first caught my attention with her illustrations of Elizabeth von Arnim's April baby, May baby, and June baby. … Continue reading Kate Greenaway and Vintage Illustrations

Laura, Catherine, Louisa, and Me

Recently, a poll on Twitter asked which book first inspired in you a love for reading. I thought immediately of Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This and other childhood books were my friends, their words my teachers, and their settings my travels. Even today, I see the connections between these books and my … Continue reading Laura, Catherine, Louisa, and Me