Monthly Archives: December 2015

References to Austen’s Life and Writing in the Film “Becoming Jane”

Becoming Jane is an imaginative, romantic tale that captures Jane Austen’s spirit, while playing with the truth. Many of us who delve in Austen-inspired literature write our own “what if” stories, but one must be able to suspend reality and accept … Continue reading

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A Jane Austen Time Line

1764-The Reverend George Austen marries Cassandra Leigh. They take up residence at Deane Parsonage in Hampshire. 1765 (to 1819) – Brother James was born. Like his sister, James had literary aspirations, but he never knew even the success than Jane could … Continue reading

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Another Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Descendant of Edward III

I hope you are enjoying this series on the signers of the Declaration of Independence as much as I. Many of these men held deeps roots to family in England. Thomas Nelson of Virginia was one such man. His grandfather … Continue reading

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A Touch of Christmas Trivia

**Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye starred in 1954’s White Christmas. But did you know that the movie was the first one to be made in Vista Vision? **The Philippines celebrated Christmas as long ago as 1280-1320 A.D. That was 200 … Continue reading

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What Does a Popular Party Game Have in Common with William Ellery, Signer of the Declaration of Independence?

After the successful piece on William Floyd, I thought I might look at some of the others signers of the Declaration of Independence. After all, I have plenty of research on the period lying around. Perhaps it might lead another … Continue reading

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The Treasure of “Frankincense” Buried in History

Frankincense, also called olibanum  is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, particularly Boswellia sacra, B. carteri, B. thurifera, B. frereana and B. bhaw-dajiana (Burseraceae). The English word is derived from Old French “franc encens” (i.e. high … Continue reading

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Winner of a 2016 Jane Austen Illustrated Calendar

Congratulations to Kier Salmon the winner of a 2016 Jane Austen Illustrated Calendar, designed by the lovely Janet Taylor.

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