The world needs more wholesome literature for young people. True, the classics offer us a wealth of truth and beauty, but every time I visit a bookstore, I am discouraged by the contemporary fiction in the YA section. Perhaps this is why I was so refreshed by Daughter of Arden: Exile. Based on the Grimm’s … Continue reading Daughter of Arden: Exile
Author: Miriam Novotny
Cat (Original Poem)
Once upon an August, I met a cat during a late-night walk, and when I returned, this poem came pouring out of me. I hadn’t expected to write it, but it remains one of my favorites. What do you think? ~*~ Sinew-strength of willow-swiftness, Whisper-steps of soundless silk. Shadow-son of will-o’-wispness, Drifting ninja, specter-sylph. Gold-green … Continue reading Cat (Original Poem)
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
When I was 14, I took my massive volume of Andersen’s fairy tales and challenged myself to read it from beginning to end. By the time I reached “The Snow Queen,” I had read over 20 tales and was beginning to grow tired of them, but this one had a magic of its own. No … Continue reading Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
Spring Book Tag!
Hello! I hope you are all having a happy spring! Where I live, tulips buds are swelling, violets are blooming in secret corners, and trees are gently dusted with green. The days are warm and summer is just around the corner. Spring is my favorite time of year, and when I saw Heather’s “Spring Has … Continue reading Spring Book Tag!
Epiphany — And a Christmas Poem!
The word epiphany is derived from a Greek word meaning "to manifest, to display, to come suddenly into view," which in turn is thought to have come from an ancient Indo-European root meaning "to shine."1 For me, it conjures up images of sudden revelation -- a break in the clouds, a beam of starlight, a … Continue reading Epiphany — And a Christmas Poem!
The Lost Tales of Sir Galahad – EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!
Have you ever read the legends of King Arthur? Or Sir Galahad? In one story it is told how, during his quest for the Holy Grail, Sir Galahad "rode for a long while in a wild forest and had many adventures of divers sorts, of which no account hath been given. . ." 1 Whenever … Continue reading The Lost Tales of Sir Galahad – EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!
The Road: A Collection of Thoughts
It's been a while since my last commonplace post, so I thought I'd do another one. This time I've curated a collection of thoughts about the road. I especially like this one because of the way each quote flows into the next. They fill me with wanderlust and make me want to love the unknown … Continue reading The Road: A Collection of Thoughts
God Save Canada (Original Poem)
This post is dedicated to Maria McDonald, history tutor and Canadian patriot. A belated happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers! And if you're American, have a happy Independence Day! Or if you're neither Canadian nor American, I hope you have a wonderful day all the same. 🙂 I am privileged to be both … Continue reading God Save Canada (Original Poem)