If you are in midtown Manhattan, try to make your way to 41st Street, between Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue, for a glimpse of delightful expressions about books, writing and life. Known as Library Way, this series of bronze placards calls out notable words from famed authors that include Thomas Jefferson, Ernest Hemingway and Langston Hughes. Click here to read the full catalog of quotes. Once you have finished (if you are moving east to west), you will be rewarded with a view of the impressive main library building and the pair of lions, Patience and Fortitude, that guard the door. Time permitting, go insideRead More →

Courtesy of my good friend and fellow bibliophile and author Charlotte, I learned about a great website today. It’s called Word Spy. If you enjoy discovering interesting ways to combine letters, check it out. One of the selections on its “most popular” list is a new one for me – nerdku. It’s defined as a haiku with “a scientific or technical theme” or one “that relates to a work of science fiction or fantasy.” Read about the more traditional Japanese offering of haiku at Poets.org, the website for the Academy of American Poets. These three-line poems with five, seven and five syllables per line, are fun to create. IRead More →

Poetry is the gift that keeps on giving in terms of inspiration and enjoyment. A personal favorite (and there are many) is “The Sun Rising” by John Donne. Poet Carol Rumens describes this work as “one of the most joyous love poems ever written.” In only three stanzas, Donne gives life to a “busy old fool” who should bother tardy students and leave young sweethearts alone to idle in bed. His words resonate so well that we see the pesky intruder in our mind’s eye and bid her a quick adieu. Margaret Mitchell was no less influenced by a poet’s pen. According to “10 Fascinating Facts aboutRead More →