The Writer’s Almanac

Visit The Writer’s Almanac daily to start (or end) your day with a contemporary poem and some interesting facts about something that happened this day in history or about someone intriguing in history. Don’t want to read? There is an audio version. Today’s poem Squatting paints a picture of rural men taking time to sit …

Art to Self

Do you like reading books with pictures? I hate to admit it but I usually don’t like the pictures that are included in fiction books. However, I read something recently that discussed the relationship between words and pictures and how pictures can add to the image, the image can add to the words, or they …

Casa Loma: How much is too much?

I visited Casa Loma  which is a castle in Toronto built by Canadian businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and soldier, Sir Henry Pellatt (1859 – 1939). He was friends with Thomas Edison and it was in large part due to his innovation that electricity was harnessed from Niagara Falls and was put to use in Canada. Casa Loma …

Possibilities & Light

Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that’s been our unifying cry, “More light.”  Sunlight.  Torchlight.  Candlelight.  Neon, incandescent lights that banish the darkness from our caves to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators.  Big floods for the night games at Soldier’s Field.  Little tiny flashlights for those books we read …