A Marriage of Inconvenience?

- by Lillian Stewart Carl

This month brings my husband and me to yet another wedding anniversary. We’re now well past the early anniversaries, the ones designated paper or tin, and now into the ones celebrated by jewels and precious metals—which just goes to prove both how costly and how valuable a long-term relationship can be. Unlike the beginning of […]

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The Stories that Matter

- by Lillian Stewart Carl

September 22 is the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, protagonists of J.R.R.Tolkien’s masterpieces The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. September 29 is the date that Bilbo and Frodo went with the elves into the West, leaving Middle Earth forever. “…and the sails were drawn up, and the wind blew, and slowly […]

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Dinner with Huck Finn

- by Lillian Stewart Carl

For many years now, I’ve been quoting a passage from Chapter One of Mark Twain’s immortal Huckleberry Finn. No, it’s not one of the passages that makes the book, to a certain segment of the population, controversial. Or is it? The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; […]

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