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Art & Literature: Sept / Oct 2018

Authors. Poets. Playwrights. Artists. Somewhere along the way in life, they touch us. They leave their impressions on us. They inspire us. But where it happened, what were the circumstances, and which literary and artistic marks they left on our hearts, are our own individual tales. Continue reading

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July / Aug 2018 Articles

Revolution. The word sends a chill up the most hardened spine. History has seen countless bloody conflicts, most of which resulted in mass losses of life and innocent victims. In this issue, we explore them in all their gruesomeness, to remind ourselves that change never comes without great cost. Check back each Saturday for a new article!

IN THIS ISSUE:

Love Can Be a Revolution: Doctor Zhivago, by Rachel Sexton

Music Makers: Joseph Plunkett and the Irish Easter Rising, by Jessica Prescott

The Origins of a Monster: The Regency Sexual Revolution, by Charity Bishop

Let Them Eat Cake: The Real Marie Antoinette, by Scarlett Grant

The Russian Revolution, by Veronica Leigh

The Dangers of Patriotic Zeal: Taras Bulba, by Rachel Kovaciny

Olympe de Gouges, by Scarlett Grant

Thank you, and please enjoy our historical reflections!

 

In This Issue…

Writers have re-imagined stories for generations. Oral storytelling changed when written tales achieved popularity, and over the years, authors, directors, and playwrights have approached the same themes and topics with unique flourishes. From Hollywood remakes to a new twist on a familiar tale, this month we bring you an assortment of delightful stories made new… Continue reading

March / April 2018: Super Heroes

Since the tremendous success of the first all-star Spider-Man over a decade ago, Hollywood has filled theater seats with all kinds of super heroes, from large and green with anger issues to plated in iron or with steel claws. Here, we explore some of our favorite big screen super heroes and their comic book origins. Continue reading

A Village That Transcends Time

NOV / DEC 2017: BY MARIANNA KAPLUN

Far, far away in Britain there is a beautiful place called Gretna Green. This small village in the south of Scotland famous for its runaway weddings and romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, which originated from cross-border elopements stemming from differences between Scottish marriage laws and those in neighboring countries. So why does this unremarkable village have a wedding capital’s reputation? Let’s try to understand. Continue reading

Halloween 2017: The Victorian Era

The public knows no era better for ghost stories, vampire fiction, and superstition than the Victorian era. The arrival of science began to dispel old myths, but many authors clung to the “old ways” through an upturn in Gothic Fiction, and the Victorian era also produced many of the most popular classic novelists. Dickens took long walks in the dingy London streets. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes ran wild in the imaginations of impressionable readers. The Brontë sisters penned famous novels in the moors. Penny Dreadful sold on each street corner. Jack the Ripper scandalized Europe with his gruesome murders. And… the world continues to look to the Victorian Era for inspiration, for harrowing tales, and for glimpses of humanity’s darker natures.

In this issue, we feature six Victorian-era topics for you to savor on a chilly October afternoon.

IN THIS ISSUE:

A Maddening Crowd of Suitors, by Rachel Sexton

The Elephant Man, by Scarlett Grant

Dangerous Illusions: The Women of Beguiled, by Charity Bishop

The Brontë Sisters, by Victoria Leigh

Haunted by the Hound, by Rachel Kovaciny

The Turn of the Screw, by Carol Starkey

Join us November 1st for a sneak preview into our next issue, Through Time.

Writers Wanted: Jan / Feb 2018: Black History Month Issue

I’m now accepting sign-ups for our special issue, running Feb 1-28, for Black History Month.

Articles on historic figures of African or African-British or African-American or African-French, etc., descent (famous historical figures, actors/actresses/directors/authors, etc), are welcome, as are books, films, and characters from television shows.

Here is a list of interesting recent famous African Americans. I welcome anyone else you can think of. 🙂

Article deadline: Jan 17, 2018.

Taken: A United Kingdom, A Patch of Blue.

Comment here or send the editor an e-mail at femnista at charitysplace.com.

Sept / Oct: Powerful Women

I was thirteen years old when I discovered Elizabeth I. To my eager young mind, she was an amazing woman – the first (and only) English Queen to rule her nation without marriage, on her own merit. She kept hold of her kingdom even when Rome and Spain threatened it, restored it to its former glories after her father bankrupted it, and died the most famous “virgin” in history. As a girl who never much fancied marriage, she was my heroine. Continue reading

Femnista May / June 2017: Exotic Nights

MAY / JUNE 2017: BY CHARITY BISHOP

Ancient civilizations found Asia, Egypt, and the Middle East “exotic.” They imported its spices, sought its elephants, tried to settle its wilds, and conquered much of it, but even today, when most of its mysteries are known, that part of the world continues to mystify, intrigue, and inspire our imaginations. Countless stories take place there. Hundreds of true stories originate there.

Shall we explore some of them? Continue reading

Femnista March / April 2017: Beliefs

Everyone has a worldview, something they believe in. It may be science, God, or themselves, but this shapes their approach to life, influences their decisions, and shifts them toward their future self. History has seen many people of profound beliefs, some who made the world a better place and others who sought to destroy, rather than restore.

This issue focuses on films, novels, and people whose beliefs were beyond their time, that shaped the world, or that have left a profound impression on us.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Vestal Virgins, by Scarlett Grant

Bethany Hamilton: Woman of Faith, by Jessica Santulli

Moving the Earth: The Legacy of Galileo, by Rachel Sexton

Silence, by Shusaku Endo, by Shannon H.

Brutal Christianity: Alfred the Great, by Charity Bishop

Caroline Herschel, by Lila Donovan

The Secret of Kells, by Scarlett Grant

The Young Messiah, by Charity Bishop

Blessed Are They Who Have Not Seen, by Jessica Prescott

William Wilberforce, by Veronica Leigh

He Didn’t Expect to Change the World, by Rachel Kovaciny