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 the…

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 lively…

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 distant…

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 rich…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life; Whole misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their…

The Day After

“Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curie Romance novels always stop at the beginning.   The real adventure starts the day after“happily ever…