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As a mother of three and a grandmother of two I have learned to accept the unexpected and thus now find myself with odd clumps of time to devote to a lifetime love of writing. This pastime has followed me through many moves between the Atlantic and Pacific as well as a six year aside in Europe. And while publication has been scattered at best, it doesn't seem to squelch the desire to put pen to paper or finger to key. Its mystery is perhaps best described by Truman Capote who said "To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make."

My latest venture is into the world of Kindle and Smashwords.

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  • The Theme of Order in Shakespeare
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    The Theme of Order in Shakespeare

    14 months ago

    Universal order imbued all aspects of the Elizabethan period. Taken from the second century astronomer Ptolemy, this system of order reassured the Renaissance era that despite the often-chaotic appearances of  plagues...

  • Epic Poems
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    Epic Poems

    16 months ago

    Epic poems comprise a world of larger-than-life heroes where the gods intervene, hospitality is seen as law, and poets are considered as indispensable members of society.

  • Ghosts of the 1917 Halifax Explosion
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    Ghosts of the 1917 Halifax Explosion

    7 years ago

      Many ghosts have been reported in Halifax Nova Scotia since Colonel Cornwallis and 2600 settlers climbed upon its shores in 1749. Perhaps some of the more intriguing stories are a direct result of the explosion of...

  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys
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    The Diary of Samuel Pepys

    7 years ago

      The value of Samuel Pepys’ journal is found not just in its historical perspective, but in its method and style. Through his use of language Samuel Pepys pulls the reader into his world. He accomplishes this by...

  • Frankenstein’s Monster: Revolutionary and Relevant
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    Frankenstein’s Monster: Revolutionary and Relevant

    16 months ago

    Begun as a short story in answer to a competition suggested by Lord Byron in 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein has reached from the Romantic era into our own 21st century, and remains as relevant today...

  • Medea by Euripides: A Unique Treatment
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    Medea by Euripides: A Unique Treatment

    7 years ago

      The myths of Ancient Greece abound with varying tales concerning Medea which both vilify and victimise her, yet two constants follow her mythology. She is credited with helping Jason retrieve the Golden Fleece, and...

  • Gustav Holst: Influence of The Planets
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    Gustav Holst: Influence of The Planets

    7 years ago

      Upon his birth in 1874 in Cheltenham England, Gustav Holst's musical direction in life was established. A long line of musicians preceded  him in his family, and his father encouraged daily piano practice at an...

  • Monkey’s Journey to the West
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    Monkey’s Journey to the West

    7 years ago

    The Monkey King. Image Credit: eso-garden.com   Considered to be one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature Monkey: A Folk Novel of China, details monk Tripitaka’s (Xuanzang) journey to India...

  • Hardy’s Justified Pessimism During Wind and Rain
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    Hardy’s Justified Pessimism During Wind and Rain

    5 years ago

      During Wind and Rain is one of many poems in Thomas Hardy’s Moments of Vision. In Hardy’s words these are “poems [which] mortify the human sense of self importance by showing, or suggesting, that human beings...

  • Caring for Your African Violet Plant
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    Caring for Your African Violet Plant

    7 years ago

      Caring for your African Violet is a simple task, and will reward you with a flower show all through the year. This is especially uplifting when winter persists and all seems bleak and colourless outside. Its...

  • Women, Wisdom, and the Bible: Hannah, Ruth and Jael
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    Women, Wisdom, and the Bible: Hannah, Ruth and Jael

    5 years ago

    There are many women from the Bible who are depicted as being wise. Defined by proverbs, and personified as female, wisdom is mature, sensible, and full of truth and knowledge; wisdom is strong, understanding and...

  • Woman as Wisdom in Proverbs, Sirach, and Baruch
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    Woman as Wisdom in Proverbs, Sirach, and Baruch

    5 years ago

    According to the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament, Woman Wisdom is mature, sensible and truthful; insightful, and knowledgeable with sound judgment. She is understanding, strong, and follows justice and...

  • The Problem With Othello
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    The Problem With Othello

    3 years ago

      Although a confident and masterful general, Othello is unable to cultivate the fundamentals of a healthy psyche. While jealousy is obviously present in the character of Othello, it is only a symptom of other...

  • An Exploration of Ma’at Through Ancient Egyptian Literature
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    An Exploration of Ma’at Through Ancient Egyptian Literature

    2 years ago

      Known as a concept encompassing the qualities of order, balance and justice and as an anthropomorphic goddess, Ma’at embodies a duality typifying ancient Egypt.  As found in the literature of the periods,...

  • Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Marriage
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    Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Marriage

    7 years ago

      In Pride and Prejudice we are entertained by Austen’s unique ability to not only tell a story, but also to create an atmosphere where reality meets fiction in various aspects of humanity including the social and...

  • Teddy Bears: Why We Need Them
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    Teddy Bears: Why We Need Them

    7 years ago

      Teddy Bears have become a phenomenon credited with the healing and soothing of hearts and minds the world over. Why we need them may be as mysterious as the magic power they wield. From the time Morris Michton and...

  • Depression: Cause and Cure in John Stuart Mill
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    Depression: Cause and Cure in John Stuart Mill

    5 years ago

    John Stuart Mill steps outside his usual habit of analysis, politics and economics to find a solution to his sudden apathy and depression. In so doing he rediscovers his life’s passion ultimately through the medium of...

  • Chorus Manipulation in King Henry the Fifth
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    Chorus Manipulation in King Henry the Fifth

    7 years ago

      The Chorus in Henry V serves several functions, but the most intriguing is how he pulls the play and audience together into a personal relationship which allows the audience to connect to a deeper experience....

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