Category Archives: Books

Kate, diaries, and impressions.

There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water. Kate Chopin  In the 1960s, Kate Chopin’s grandson discovered some of the writer’s personal papers including a 1894 diary entitled “Impressions” … Continue reading

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Daisy’s Diary

Dreams are formed in the imagination and some of us have more imagination than others. Ginevra King was a rich 16 year old debutant  and  F. Scott Fitzgerald a 19 year old penniless university student when the two met and … Continue reading

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The Downfall of Lily Bart

The first book Luz reflected on was The House of Mirth. She’d read it one haze-filled summer that smelled of lavender. It was Aix-en-Provence and Luz was checked into a small room with flowered curtains and a quilted spread. She’d … Continue reading

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The Diary of Opal Whiteley

“Our imagination is the instrument of knowledge.” Opal Whiteley Opal claimed to be the daughter of Henri, Prince of Orleans but, after a tragic accident, she was taken to Oregon and adopted by Ed and Lizzie Whiteley. Her new family … Continue reading

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Making friends with a book

With so many people in the world, why should anyone ever be lonely? Ona Vitkus was a 104 year-old Lithuanian living alone in Portland, Maine. As a part of a community service project, an 11 year old scout went to … Continue reading

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Bebina Bunny and Alexander von Humboldt

“One curiosity leads to another.”  Bebina Bunny   Recently I read Matteo Farinella’s article “Alexander von Humboldt” where he makes reference to Andrea Wulf’s “The Invention of Nature”.  It was a happy read as I discovered Farinella (illustrator of “Neurocomic”), … Continue reading

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Nazim Hikmet, poet with a cause

I bought a book of his poetry at the train station in Milano just because of a phrase on the dust jacket: You are my enslavement and my freedom. Nazim Hikmet was the first modern poet from Turkey. Born in the … Continue reading

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