NovElla · Supernatural · YA

The Night Circus

A unique and mysterious circus experience, The Night Circus is full of fantasy. The book is teaming with magical descriptions by author Erin Morgenstern. Isn’t the hand done, paper-cut cover great? Prepare to be regaled by acrobats and magicians, in a late 19th century setting. I have to admit, I read The Night Circus some time… Continue reading The Night Circus

Historical · Music · NovElla · Quotes

Happy Birthday Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) “The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another…and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.”  

Love Triangle · NovElla · Quotes · Shakespeare · Supernatural

A Midsummer Night’s Trochaic Tetrameter

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most light-hearted and whimsical comedies. I recently discovered that fairies speak in trochaic tetrameter! At least, Shakespeare’s often do… but what is that? I had to find out. In Iambic Pentameter with Macbeth, we learned about iambic pentameter. One of the main differences is that a tetrameter has… Continue reading A Midsummer Night’s Trochaic Tetrameter

Austen · Banannabelle · Candy · Dessert

Honey, Creamed Honey

What do Sherlock Holmes and Jane Austen have in common? Beekeeping! The Austen home at Chawton Cottage was part of an estate that included farmland and bees. Jane Austen lived there near the end of her life, and she did much of her writing at Chawton. I’ve heard it was her sister Cassandra who was… Continue reading Honey, Creamed Honey

Historical · NovElla · Quotes

Deductions and Inferences

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a physician and writer, born in Edinburg on May 22, 1859. Today is the anniversary of his death, on July 7, 1930. Conan Doyle is probably best known as the creator of the iconic Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and his faithful biographer, Dr. Watson, figure in several novels and short stories,… Continue reading Deductions and Inferences