North and South

MAY / JUNE 2016: BY VERONICA LEIGH Elizabeth Gaskell chose to write North and South inspired by her life in Manchester. The haughty Margaret Hale moves from southern England with her genteelly impoverished family to Milton, in northern England. Considered by some to be similar to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in themes, North and …

Judy Garland

JAN / FEB 2016: BY VERONICA LEIGH "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of somebody else!" - Judy Garland We all have an idea of who Judy Garland was. For some, she is the girl wearing a blue gingham dress who skipped her way down the Yellow Brick Road …

Katharine von Bora

NOV / DEC 2015: BY VERONICA LEIGH Behind every great man is a great woman. Often enough these ladies go unnoticed or are forgotten. But even the smallest contributions leave their mark. Katharine von Bora was born in 1499 and in all likelihood lost her parents at a young age. She was sent to the …

Forever

MAY / JUNE 2015: BY VERONICA LEIGH “What is this?” Abe demanded, storming into the room. When his father didn’t look up, he shook the papers in midair. “Pops? Pops?” When receiving no response, he yelled, “Henry!” Henry Morgan’s head snapped up and he lowered his reading material. “Sorry, what was it you were saying, …

The Maccabees

MARCH / APRIL 2015: BY VERONICA LEIGH Over 2,000 years ago, in the land of Judea, the Jewish people suffered under the yoke of tyranny. Following the dominance of the Persians, the Greeks became their oppressors now. Antiochus IV Epiphanes was determined to extinguish all forms of cultural and religious Jewish life, ordering that all …