Thursday, September 22, 2016

Poetry Friday--Victoria Claflin Woodhull

On this date in 1838, Victoria Claflin Woodhull was born in Homer, OH. The name may not be familiar to you, but, before Hillary Clinton ran as the first woman to be nominated by a major party to run for president, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman of any party to run for president! She ran in 1872 and was jailed for her attempt.

In July The Guardian ran a feature on Woodhull's run. It is full of interesting bits of feminist history and concludes with this statement from Woodhull after she had been thrown in jail:
To the public I would say in conclusion they may succeed in crushing me out, even to the loss of my life: but let me warn them and you that from the ashes of my body a thousand Victorias will spring to avenge my death by seizing the work laid down by me and carrying it forward to victory.

I find it fascinating that a woman who wasn't even able to vote, would place herself up for election! (Women's suffrage came in 1920, seven years before Woodhull died, but decades after she had moved out of the country that had treated her so badly.)

Here is a poem by Emily Dickinson who was writing at about the time Woodhull was running for president:

CVII

THE RETICENT volcano keeps
   His never slumbering plan;
Confided are his projects pink
   To no precarious man.

If nature will not tell the tale
   Jehovah told to her,
Can human nature not survive
   Without a listener?

Admonished by her buckled lips
   Let every babbler be.
The only secret people keep
   Is Immortality.

found in Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson [811 DIC]
I don't think anyone could have called Woodhull "reticent," but I wonder if she had regrets about being so outspoken before the country was ready to hear what she had to say? Someone had to lead the way!

Hurry over to Reading to the Core where Catherine is hosting the weekly Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Happy Birthday!

There's something we can depend on happening to us each and every year--our birthday! It's been a long time since I did a round-up of birthday books for kids, so it's time to do it again. Here are 30 birthday titles--there are plenty more:




Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Visit Your National Parks For Free This Saturday!

A month ago the National Park Service hosted a weekend of free admission at the National Parks. And now, on Saturday the 24th, they are doing it again!

I took advantage of last month's offer by traveling to Boston for "Rosie the Riveter" weekend at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center, which is part of the Boston National Historical Park, and is located in the same area as the USS Constitution Museum.

Birdseye view of the Charlestown Naval Yard courtesy NPS.

Boston is a mere 45 minutes away from Windham, the weather is cooling down, so why not head to the National Historic Park and take part in some of the events shown on this calendar.

The Freedom Trail is part of the Boston NHP and if it part of your planning for Saturday, download 50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites across the U.S. by Brent D. Glass [eBook] to learn more about it.

Note: even though admission is free on Saturday, be sure to drop a few dollars in the donation box to make sure that the NPS's wonderful educational opportunities will continue to exist for years to come!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Got Sports?

I know many of you enjoyed the Summer Olympics that took place this year in Rio. If you'd like to continue to follow the sports and the athletes who took part, you now can by going to the Olympic Channel where you can
Experience the power of sport and the Olympic Movement, with news, highlights, behind the scenes, live events and original programming, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

You can watch on your desktop or device at those times you can't sleep, or are looking to kill a few minutes' time, or you just need a sports fix! Here's a short video to give you a taste of what you will see:



Monday, September 19, 2016

Anne of Green Gables

All last week we took a look at books coming out as films or television series. I neglected to include this one: Anne of Green Gables [J MON, J AB/CD MON, or eBook).
Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their fifties and sixties, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew run their farm. They live at Green Gables, their Avonlea farmhouse on Prince Edward Island. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage sends Anne Shirley.
Those of you who fell in love with Anne of Green Gables when it first appeared on PBS back in 1986 may be interested to know that it is once again being filmed, this time as an 8-part series. It will be available in Canada and on Netflix in 2017. I imagine at some point after, it will also be available on DVD and we will add it to our collection.


Until then, revisit the 1986 film found in DVD ANN, or go back to the original series of books by L. M. Montgomery [J MON] and refresh your memory. Or even better, if you're new to the classic, there's plenty of time for you, too, to make the acquaintance of Anne Shirley and the citizens of Prince Edward Island!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Poetry Friday--Filmed Poetry?

All this week I've been posting about films and television series based on books. I figured I should end the week with movies made from poetry. Truthfully, I can't think of any, other than The Odyssey, Homer's poem, which have been filmed as major motion pictures. The 1954 movie, Ulysses [DVD ULY], starring Kirk Douglas, is based on The Odyssey, as is O Brother, Where Art Thou? starring George Clooney [DVD OBR]. They are rather "loosely based" on the epic. And speaking of "loosely based," there was The Simpson's episode in season 1 [DVD SIM]:




Everyone knows about Homer's (the poet's) work, but I wonder how many people have actually read the epic? I haven't--have you? So, for today, here's a little segment to pique your interest in reading more:



From The Odyssey of Homer, rendered into English Verse (Book XIII), translated by George Augustus Schomberg, published 1879.

We have copies of The Odyssey in various formats--books of verse, audiobooks, adaptations for children, and graphic novels.

For the Poetry Friday Round-Up, stop by Today's Little Ditty and tell Michelle I said, "Hi!"






Before the Movie, Part 4

The next literature-based film I want to look at is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The book of the same name is by J. K. Rowling [J ROW], writing as Newt Scamander, and it looks to be a special treat for Harry Potter fans. It is expected to be released in November.



We have two copies of the book, which originally came out in paperback. A hardcover edition is expected to be released in March 2017, which will probably be perfectly timed, because our two copies, as of earlier this week, have been checked out 97 times and are sure to be in need of replacement.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Before the Movie, Part 3

Today's post is about a television series rather than a "major motion picture" release. On Sunday, September 25, season two of Poldark, a BBC production, will begin on PBS. We have season one on DVD [DVD POL] if you'd like to watch it again, or start from the beginning so that you can begin the second season with a familiarity of the story and characters.



Some of our older folks (that includes me) may remember Poldark from Masterpiece Theatre in the 1970s, when it was first shown on PBS. The first filmed version Poldark was one of the series that basically put PBS into play as a major television influence. The old series is on order and when it comes in, it might be interesting to watch the two versions one after another to compare.

Poldark is a literature-based series from the books by Graham Winston all F WIN. We have book one, Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787, book two, Demelza, and book three, Jeremy Poldark.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Before the Movie, Part 2

Yesterday, I posted about a new Dennis Lehane book-based movie coming out in January. Today, I'm going to feature a film due out this Friday. Sorry for the short notice!



The film stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones and Colin Firth as Darcy. The novel, Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries, will be released next month, so don't look for it before October 11. (It is on order.)

The original Bridget Jones book by Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary [F FIE], was also made into a movie [DVD BRI], as was Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason [F FIE, DVD BRI]. In 2013, Fielding published Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy [F FIE]. It is the story of Bridget Jones's life as a mother of two! Somehow, the follow-up story was written before the birth of the first baby! Nothing is ever normal in the world of Bridget Jones!