Sunday Classics – All in the Public Domain

I often recommend a specific classic – either an author or a title – on Sunday. Today I want to spotlight two major resources for reading or listening to many classic titles. Those resources are Project Gutenberg and Librivox. The two are connected; Project Gutenberg (see their detailed mission statement) … Continue ReadingSunday Classics – All in the Public Domain

Sunday Classic – F Scott Fitzgerald

As I believe I’ve mentioned previously, a big pile of literature recently entered the public domain.  One of the most prominent titles is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  This Jazz Era classic published in 1925 is the basis for no fewer than four movies of the same name, in 1949, … Continue ReadingSunday Classic – F Scott Fitzgerald


Johanna Spyri 1881; ill Maria L. Kirk, 1919 The text of this review is taken from my 1.17.2021 post, featuring the 1919 Lippincott edtion which is available free in multiple formats on Project Gutenberg. Heidi is the 1881 story of a little girl who goes to live with her grandfather on … Continue ReadingHeidi

A Poem for Christmas Day – Christmas Bells

Many of us in the US grew up with some exposure to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – his poems “Song of Hiawatha” and “The Village Blacksmith” were taught in elementary school.  Our exposure to his poetry was so consistent that I automatically consider Longfellow “my” poet. Which is why (forgive the … Continue ReadingA Poem for Christmas Day – Christmas Bells

A Christmas Eve Poem – A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore

I can recall trying to memorize this classic and well-known poem as a child; whether for fun or because I had to, I’m not sure.  At any rate, this poem is a good choice for an evening read-aloud, courtesy of  There are versions available both with and without images, … Continue ReadingA Christmas Eve Poem – A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore

A Christmas Legend and Poem

There is a legend that the animals in their barns kneel at midnight on Christmas Eve. This poem by Thomas Hardy immortalizes the belief.  The last two stanzas of the poem express my hope, my suspension of disbelief, and my quiet but stubborn lifelong conviction that magic and miracles can … Continue ReadingA Christmas Legend and Poem

Mockingbird – A Trivia Question and a New Resource

It seems that Christmas is even busier during this pandemic – or maybe we are just busy earlier to allow for shipping time.   Regardless, I have been occupied with Christmas, work, and life over the past couple of weeks and haven’t posted much. I finished (and reviewed) To Kill A … Continue ReadingMockingbird – A Trivia Question and a New Resource

Join me to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird

  Let’s talk about Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird  on Sunday December 6.  This event is virtual. The book is very accessible at libraries and bookstores.  One option to get either the print or the ebook version is to visit my affiliate link on (more about … Continue ReadingJoin me to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird