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Sandol Stoddard Warburg – A Short Biography

17 Feb

On December 16, 1927, Sandol Stoddard was born to parents, Carlos French and Caroline (Harris) Stoddard. She took up and finished a Bachelor of Arts degree at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She went on to do her graduate work at San Francisco State College.

At 22 years old, she married Felix M. Warburg. They had five sons and were married for 17 years. She was married to Peter R. Goethals from 1984 until his death in 2000.

She was known as a contemporary author. Let’s get to know her more through some of her works:

A Child’s First Bible (1990)

This is a book for children. She tells the forty well-loved stories from Protestant, Catholic and Jewish traditions. She writes it a clear manner and condenses it effectively. This book of hers also has full page illustrations that are beautifully made.

God’s Little House (1984)

This is another juvenile fiction that she wrote to encourage children to develop the love for biblical stories. This was published by Paulist Press.

The Hospice Movement (1978)

This is the book she wrote in New York about the way terminally ill people should be treated. It’s about the alternative options to the high technology nightmare that was once a practice in caring for the terminally ill.

On the Way Home (1973)

This is her book about the adventures of a boy with his companion that is a bear. Another fiction but surely, written with passion and tells a moral lesson.

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Curl Up Small (1964)

This is a charming book about the relationship between mothers and babies in the animal kingdom. It ends with the very touching illustrations of the human mother and baby that everyone can truly relate.

These are just some of her written work. Though she was more well known for her best-selling book that is still in print today, I Like You.

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William Butler Yeats – A Short Biography

20 Oct
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Many of us who are studying in-depth European poetry would surely be familiar with the name William Butler Yeats. This is due to the fact that he is one of the biggest names in poetry who is also a recipient of the much coveted Nobel Prize. It was in June 13, 1865 when he was born in one of the well-off areas of Dublin. Nothing much was being mentioned in history books about his mother but it is a very clear thing that his father worked as an attorney. His father was also a talented painter of portraits. These things that his father did apparently had a significant impact on what he would do later in life.

William’s siblings were all into art. This would also explain why there is so much influence of art of the poetry works that he was able to create. During his early years, it was very obvious that he showed a great interest in poetry. In fact, he was involved actively in London’s fin de siècle. It has been noted that during those times, he was also a part of this very intriguing society that has the ultimate aim of giving life back to the literary world of Ireland.

William Butler Yeats was able to put together the Irish Theatre with help coming from Lady Gregory. This would later become known as the Abbey Theatre. For a couple of years, Yeats acted as the playwright of this theater until the arrival of John Synge. It is very notable in the acts that Yeats was able to produce that he gave much value to spiritualism. Some of his finest masterpieces were seen in the years 1892, 1894, 1902, 1904, and 1907.

The works of Yeats took a significant transformation towards poetry in 1910. Plays that he created were mostly aimed for small numbers of viewers and there were lots of experiments on many new elements.  His early poetry works were full of emotion and antagonism towards the Nationalist Movement. His works of poetry continued until he was put on a senate chair for the government of Ireland. He received the Nobel Prize afterwards and this is for poetry that is described by many as full of inspiration.

Even though the 1923 Nobel Prize was already granted to him, he continued his works in poetry and some of his greatest masterpieces followed. The masterpiece called as “The Tower” is just one of the many examples we could see. William Butler Yeats passed away on January 28, 1939 and he left as one of the heroes of Irish poetry.

The Book of Counted Sorrows by Dean Koontz

30 Jul

from Dark Rivers of the Heart…
by Dean Koontz

All of us are travelers lost,
our tickets arranged at a cost
unknown but beyond our means.
This odd itinerary of scenes
–enigmatic, strange, unreal–
leaves us unsure how to feel.
No postmortem journey is rife
with more mystery than life.

Tremulous skeins of destiny
flutter so ethereally
around me–but then I feel
its embrace is that of steel.

On the road that I have taken,
one day, walking, I awaken,
amazed to see where I have come,
where I’m going, where I’m from.

This is not the path I thought.
This is not the place I sought.
This is not the dream I bought,
just a fever of fate I’ve caught.

I’ll change highways in a while,
at the crossroads, one more mile.
My path is lit by my own fire.
I’m going only where I desire.

On the road that I have taken,
one day, walking, I awaken.
One day, walking, I awaken,
on the road that I have taken.