Harriet & Mark


“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.” 
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born today in 1811, in Litchfield, Connecticut, one of thirteen children, into a devout family with a strong abolitionist stance.  Her book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” portrayed the impact of slavery, especially within family units when parents and children were separated.  The North embraced the story, but the South was unreceptive to the message.  When Harriet Beecher Stowe met President Lincoln, he is said to have exclaimed So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!”

Harriet lived in Hartford, Connecticut, for the final decades of her life.  Her home, now a museum with a research library, is open to the public.  Her neighbour and dear close friend was none other that Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain.  Imagine the great discussions they had!!

“So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?”
Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile.”
Mark Twain