100 Romantic Movies

100 Romantic Movies

In January Time Out London, an online magazine, listed the 100 Best Romantic Movies. I’m not sure what their deciding factors were, and of course such lists are common especially as Valentine’s Day approaches. They seemed to cover to wide gamut of release years, several foreign films, some movies I’ve never heard of, and a… Continue Reading

Anne Seymour Damer

Anne Seymour Damer

Born the only daughter of Field-Marshall Henry Seymour Conway and Lady Caroline Campbell daughter of the 4th Duke of Argyll, Anne Conway spent much of her childhood at Park Place, Remenham near Henley-on-Thames. Her parents being abroad for much of the time, her cousin Horace Walpole assumed some responsibility for her care as guardian. Walpole was very… Continue Reading

How Gullible are you?

How Gullible are you?

Last year to honor April Fool’s Day I wrote an essay on the history of this “holiday” for pranksters. Check that out here: The Origin of April Fool’s Day… Maybe. I also shared a few of my favorite hoaxes from the past in this post:  April Fool’s Day hoaxes in history The best place to… Continue Reading

Easter Week 2015

Easter Week 2015

Last year at this time (or rather, the second week of April) as the week marking Easter celebrations and remembrances commenced, I posted a series of blogs on the topic. Some were informational, some were for fun, but all were awesome! Instead of re-posting each one, I am providing easy links.   Easter Movies – With… Continue Reading

Underappreciated Poets

Underappreciated Poets

John Clare 1793–1864 John Clare was born into a peasant family in Helpston, England. Although he was the son of illiterate parents, Clare received some formal schooling, but it ended when he was eleven years old. This child of the ‘unwearying eye’ had a thirst for knowledge and became a model example of the self-taught… Continue Reading