Trip to Mark Twain’s House
Latest Posts / May 24, 2016

We happened to be in Connecticut this weekend, so we thought a nice side trip would be to Mark Twain’s House in Hartford. We wanted to visit the house, but didn’t have a chance before now. While the neighborhood around the famous attraction is not the best, the house itself is magnificent. The house, built by money from his in-laws, designed by Livy Clemens and architect Edward Tuckerman Potter and decorated by Louis C. Tiffany & Co. The huge home has 25 rooms, 3 floors and over 11,000 square feet. Before the tour we visited the museum, currently it is about Twain’s daughters. Our kids got to play dress up, like the family and look at many interesting artifacts (dresses, books, etc.) and learn about the family in general. The kids were impressed with the Mark Twain Lego statue, and Daddy was impressed with a cool statue featuring characters from Twain’s books (Twain and his characters model). Click on image to view large image Click to view legend Click to view key   We opted for the Living History Tour with the maid Lizzie Wills, which was a great choice. The costumed member was both entertaining and knowledgeable, answering questions and making history come alive…

Fun Facts Friday: Honoré de Balzac
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 20, 2016

Honoré de Balzac (20 May, 1799 – 18 August, 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. He is known for his novels and short fictional stories and his keen eye for detail. By Nadar – Gallica – http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b103155135/f1.item, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31678884 1)      As an independent thinker, Balzac had trouble adapting to the teaching style in grammar school, and was sent to a boarding school. 2)      In boarding school Honoré de Balzac was a troublemaker and often punished. 3)      Balzac looked at punishments as a “blessing” since it gave him time to read. 4)      Comwell, Balzac’s first play, written in 1819 was a failure. The author turned to writing sensational novels instead under various nom de plumes. 5)      He liked the good life and lived accordingly, he was always in debt. 6)      Eveline Hanska, Balzac’s wife, was a Polish Countess. 7)      The work Balzac is most know for, The Human Comedy (La Comédie Humaine)  is a large series of books which paints a picture of French life after the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. 8)      Balzac published over 80 titles between 1829 and 1847 by writing up to 16 hours per day. 9)      He was notorious for revisions, sometimes at a great…

Guest Post: The Top Five Things That Will Make You Read Lad Lit
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / May 9, 2016

The Lad Lit Blog Tour has been going strong for three weeks now, and I think it is fair to say I’ve managed to convert a good few people on both sides of the Atlantic to dip their toe in the lad lit pond, and the ripple effect of laughter has helped convince a few more along the way! Still, the questions keep coming in from those who have not really heard of the genre before. What is lad lit? Will I enjoy it? To help answer those questions, I have put together a top five list of things that will make you want to choose lad lit as your next read. 1. Lad Lit is not perfect Never has the average Joe been made to feel so image conscious. We live in a society where men are constantly told how we should strive to look like David Beckham, whether it’s on the pages on glossy magazines or TV adverts ramming it down our throats. But never fear, lad lit is here! Lad lit speaks the truth – it lives in the real world, not that plastic fantasy land where families like The Kardashians live. It paints the picture of…

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