“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway When learning to write descriptively, English students are encouraged to include all five senses in their narratives. The result is usually a lengthy, “over-dressed” description that flows almost as well as an iron brick. So […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Undressing Your Prose"
“Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!” – Lady MacBeth, from “MacBeth” by William Shakespeare In one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever penned, Lady MacBeth tries to cleanse her hands of blood, even in her sleep. Though she and her […]Read more "O – “Out, Damned Spot!”: The Lady MacBeth in Each of Us"
“The only thing I’m afraid of about this country is that its government will someday become so monstrous that the smallest person in it will be trampled underfoot, and then it wouldn’t be worth living in.” – Dr. Jack Finch, “Go Set a Watchman” I remember whining when my mother forced my siblings and I […]Read more "Book Review – “Go Set a Watchman”"
“There drew he forth the brand Excalibur, And o’er him, drawing it, the winter moon, Brightening the skirts of a long cloud, ran forth And sparkled keen with frost against the hilt: For all the haft twinkled with diamond sparks, Myriads of topaz-lights, and jacinth-work Of subtlest jewellery.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson – Morte d’Arthur […]Read more "X: Excalibur and the Greatest Weapon of All"
“It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, for the most essential things are invisible to the eye.” Hans Christian Andersen – The Ugly Duckling Hans Christian Andersen, poet and author from Denmark, may have published The Ugly Duckling back in 1843, but this classic children’s tale is just as beloved – […]Read more "U: Uniquely You: Lessons from the “The Ugly Duckling”"
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.” William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet We all grow up hearing the tale of Romeo and Juliet, and laughing at caricatures of Bugs Bunny calling for his “Romeo” […]Read more "R: “Romeo and Juliet” – An Honest Glimpse of True Love"
Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed Agatha Christie’s mystery novels so much that she made the author a Dame of the British Empire. It’s hard to believe that in the beginning, Christie was a hardworking World War I nurse and military wife who was originally unsuccessful at getting her first book published! In 1920, however, a small […]Read more "Q: What Agatha Christie, the “Queen of Crime,” Reveals About the Human Heart"
Novels and films across all genres have described man’s quest to find an elusive source of eternal youth. Whether it is the Holy Grail, the Fountain of Youth, or an inventive medical procedure, we’ve made it pretty clear that we’d do just about anything to stay forever young. One of the most beautiful and imaginative […]Read more "N: “Neverland” and the Beauty of Growing Up"
“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.” Mary Shelley – Frankenstein What started off as a friendly writing contest between friends transformed the world of fiction forever. The English author, Mary Shelley, her future husband, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to compete with one another […]Read more "F: Frankenstein and the Monster Within"
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven When I was young, my brother and I came across a collection of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe while visiting our grandparents. My brother was fascinated […]Read more "E: Edgar Allan Poe and Universal Emotion"