Celebrating Poetry With Frances

Happy Mother’s Day I am celebrating Mother’s Day with my mother, Frances. Although we are, for a time, separated by COVID-19, Frances and I remain connected via technology. Frances introduced me to poetry. Over the years, poetry has been a source of joy and entertainment, a way in which I have learned to feel emotionsContinue reading “Celebrating Poetry With Frances”

All The Queen’s Men

“If England had not used the services of privateers and pirates during its long struggle with Spain, there is some likelihood that people today in North America would be speaking Spanish rather than English.”  Robert Earl Lee, Blackbeard the Pirate They were called the “Sea Dogs.” Queen Elizabeth I was surrounded by dynamic, brilliant, intrepid andContinue reading “All The Queen’s Men”

The Pirates Are Coming

“The HISPANIOLA still lay where she had anchored; but, sure enough, there was the Jolly Roger–the black flag of piracy–flying from her peak.”   Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island   Pirates, the very name strikes both dread and fascination deep within our hearts.  We fear them, because of their ruthless disregard for those who stood in theirContinue reading “The Pirates Are Coming”