Celebrating Love with Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level ofContinue reading “Celebrating Love with Elizabeth Barrett Browning”

Snow for Valentine’s Day

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, alwaysContinue reading “Snow for Valentine’s Day”

Happy Valentine’s Day

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu Celebrating Valentine’s Day is about gratitude for love and friendship Thank you to my writer friends who have created stories that give meaning to my days. Thank you to the artists who have shared their vision with theContinue reading “Happy Valentine’s Day”

The Opposite of Love

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” Anaïs Nin A week ago, peaceful flower shops transformed into chaotic centres of colour and livelyContinue reading “The Opposite of Love”

A Queen & A President’s Wife

“We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat.  They do not exist.” Queen Victoria Love is an action verb that has the energy and means to influence the course of our personal histories.  And from time to time it has changed the world. Alexandrina Victoria, Queen Victoria fell deeply in love with her distantContinue reading “A Queen & A President’s Wife”

Her Real Name Was Rose

Rose’s first husband was killed in the “reign of terror.” She had also been imprisoned for being too close to the counter-revolutionary financial circles, but was miraculously was freed with the fall of the dreaded Robespierre.  Her second husband was Napoléon Bonaparte, who insisted that she would be forever called Joséphine. Napoléon needed a richContinue reading “Her Real Name Was Rose”