By Charity Bishop One of my favorite female characters lives the charming town of Candleford, on the edge of the small community of Lark Rise. Her name is Dorcas Lane and she runs the Post Office. Dorcas is a romantic, a meddler with tact, and a woman who loves every one of her too-many-to-count “one... Continue Reading →
By Jessica Prescott I opened the Word document and started typing, tears already stinging my eyes. “Dear Mrs. Knight …” It was eight thirty on a school night. My backpack was crammed with homework, but it would have to wait. I burrowed into the pillows and poured out my words, trying to see the bright computer... Continue Reading →
By Veronica Leigh Friendships are often born in the unlikeliest of places. How they endure the test of time is another matter entirely. For Charlotte Brontë and Ellen Nussey, their friendship lasted for over two decades. They often relied on letters to cope with their distance from one another. Charlotte Brontë, future author of Jane... Continue Reading →
By Charity Bishop I wonder what Marie Antoinette thought, the first time she cracked open her brand new copy of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the most scandalous novel in France. She even had it bound in black without a title so no one would know she was reading it! No doubt she devoured it, discussed it... Continue Reading →
Words have power. To hurt. To build. To destroy. To uplift. Some people remember only the unkind things said to them. Others focus on the positive. But across the centuries, words have connected us—in songs, in poetry, and above all, through letters. Before text messages, famous authors, presidents, and ordinary friends exchanged letters. Waited weeks... Continue Reading →
By Kirsty Pearce One of the most devastating events of the 1900s, World War II officially lasted from ‘39 to ’45. Although primarily a time of intense turmoil and unimaginable horror, it also simultaneously allowed for significant scientific and technological breakthroughs, heroic and daring acts of courage, and inspired some of the most heart-warming, heart-breaking... Continue Reading →
Following WWI, during the Roaring Twenties, the economy and America thrived. Then, the Great Depression hit.