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Happy Earth Day! “There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,And swallows circling with their shimmering sound; And frogs in the pools singing at night,And wild plum trees in tremulous white…” –Sara Teasdale, “There Will Come Soft Rains“ Climate science is at the forefront of the news more often of late, and … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: April 22, 2021, 4:23 am
Courtesy Post: Topic Virtual Bookstock & The Norman Williams Public Library Present: An Evening with poets Cleopatra Mathis & Ewa Chrusciel Description In honor of National Poetry Month, Bookstock and the Norman Williams Public Library are pleased to present poets Cleopatra Mathis and Ewa Chrusciel who will read from their books, After the Body, and … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: April 21, 2021, 10:04 pm
On April 21,1894, George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man premiered in London. The title of Shaw’s play comes from the opening words of Virgil’s Aeneid, “Of arms and the man I sing.” It is a comedy that explores the futility of war and the nature of hypocrisy. “You see, sleep or no sleep, hunger … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: April 21, 2021, 9:05 am
April 20,1611 is the date of the first known performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London. “Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: April 20, 2021, 8:56 am
On April 19, 1945, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Carousel” opened on Broadway. “Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Tho’ your dreams Be tossed and blown Walk on Walk on With hope in your heart And you’ll never walk alone You’ll never walk alone.” Please enjoy Andrea Bocelli’s version and the … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: April 19, 2021, 8:03 am
April 18, 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes rode from Charlestown to Lexington warning the sleepy townsfolk about the British invading force anchored just offshore. “Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…” It seems that many of today’s school children do not know “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: April 18, 2021, 8:47 am
In April, 1387, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales characters began their pilgrimage to Canterbury, all in “companye.” “Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote…” Another road trip! Change the date and the story stays the same: a group of people meet up in a local tavern, strike up a friendship of sorts, then decide to … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: April 17, 2021, 8:31 am
In 1178 BCE, a solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War. Wow, talk about a crazy road trip with his bros, eh? I always felt bad for his wife, Penelope, sitting at home, fending off the suitors, feeding them and making shallow … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: April 16, 2021, 8:07 am
On April 15, 1802, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy saw a large field of daffodils, inspiring the romantic poet to write “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.” The final stanza of Wordsworth’s popular poem is my favorite one: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: April 15, 2021, 8:54 am
On April 14,1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. The assassin wanted to revive the Confederate cause, mere days after their surrender to the Union Army. Lincoln died the next day. Walt Whitman’s poem, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” was written in the summer of 1865, after an extended period … Continue reading
Author: thefrostplace
Posted: April 14, 2021, 8:42 am