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For Those With An Independent Will To See Haworth, Start Your Charlotte Brontë Pilgrimage At The Morgan Library

There it was — a two-piece cotton and wool day dress printed with blue flowers, leaves and tendrils, with slightly puffed sleeves and mother-of-pearl and brass buttons. A pair of cloth ankle boots with leather toe caps stood beside it. … Continue reading

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Artists And Writers Find Beautiful Inspiration On Michigan’s “Fairy Island”

“The glowing beauty of the Indian summer, when the deep-blue sky, the purple haze in the air, the shining water, and the gorgeous autumn tints on the trees, made up a picture of rich coloring unknown in any other portion … Continue reading

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This Philadelphia Pilgrim’s Progress Included A Corset And A Music School

“Don’t ask me to do anything like that again anytime soon,” my pastor said after he accompanied a group of parishioners to Philadelphia during Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit there. Being in the midst of hundreds of thousands of people … Continue reading

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Literature Lures At Rosy Brook’s Philadelphia Home

 2010 Delancey Place loomed as large on the map as my free time was small. How quickly could my feet take me to this Philadelphia destination revered by special collections librarians? After all, it was almost Bloomsday — the celebration … Continue reading

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Say “Halloa, Old Girl!” To Grip The Raven

“Ian Fleming, best known for his James Bond series, also authored what popular children’s book?”  “Which flamboyant, bon vivant author arrived at New York customs and stated, ‘I have nothing to declare but my genius.’”  “Which legendary basketball player has … Continue reading

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Improve Your General Conversation By Visiting Three Philadelphia Subscription Libraries

While Philadelphia was establishing itself as a thriving center of Colonial-era trade and government, many of its residents sought opportunities for learning and culture. One of the ways they celebrated the importance of knowledge to the cause of freedom was … Continue reading

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Baby Birds Leave Their Nests, Right Into Zick’s Amazed And Grateful Heart

It all started three years ago, when I was squeezed in between a cabaret table and a wall at the McConnell Arts Center, listening to Bernard Master talk about the birds of Worthington.Master talk about the birds of Worthington. For … Continue reading

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