Monthly Archives: February 2014
Renoir’s Two Sisters On A Terrace 1881 Question: Where was the famous artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir born? Answer: Limoges, France, on February 25th, 1841. Originally apprenticed to a porcelain painter, he went on to attend the famous art school, the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1874, He, along with such artists as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar […]
One of my favourite books as a child was The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins. It was written by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), seventy-five years ago, and to celebrate that anniversary, his historic hat collection is touring the U.S.A. It’s already been to Tampa, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, but if you live in or near, […]
Most kids love animals, and since animals often have interesting histories, that affection can be used as an introduction to history. One example is the breed of dog famous for its rescue work in a treacherous pass located in the Western Alps. This pass is more than eight thousand feet above sea level and connects […]
And the winners are: Jess Haight (Fairday Morrow) and Penny Ehrenkranz! Each winner will receive an e-book of choice, in the format of choice, from both Renee Duke and Marva Dasef. Congratulations Jess & Penny. And thanks to all who stopped by to eavesdrop on Hetty and Eddie’s conversation.
Through some type of eerie, time-jumping technical cross-up, it appears that Hetty, a Victorian street urchin from my novel The Mud Rose, has come in contact with 1930s era boy named Eddie, who relates his real-life exploits in Marva Dasef’s Tales Of A Texas Boy. Neither Hetty nor Eddie seemed aware that anything too strange […]
The Middle Ages are also oft referred to as the Age of Chivalry, and with chivalry came romance. The first written valentines came from the quill of Charles, Duke of Orleans, who, in 1415, whiled away the dull hours of imprisonment in the Tower of London by writing romantic verses for his wife over in […]