Celebrating 210 Years of Poe

The Poe Museum celebrated Edgar Allan Poe’s 210th birthday on Saturday, January 19, with the “world’s largest” Poe birthday party. We made our way with many other Poe pilgrims to 1914โ€“16 E. Main Street in Richmond, Virginia, to pay homage to the Raven Poet. Here follows some of my visual memories of the day. (Part…

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How to Make Your Christmas Book-worthy Victorian

Snowed under volumes of 19th-century research for my novel-in-progress, I wonder if you would like to learn with me about how Christmas was celebrated in the Victorian era. Oh, you would? Very good! You won’t regret it. As Tea & Scandal is a literary blog, we will be looking at this from a librarian’s perspective,…

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Must-know Irish Sayings + Free St. Pat’s Bookmark

When I was writing Angel of Eventide,ย in which the main protagonist is Irish, I used words and sayings I heard during my visits to County Clare and Limerick. Below are some of my favorites. But first… St. Pat’s Bookmark As colorful as Irish curses can be, so Irish blessings can be the most eloquent and…

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What Is Burns Night and How Do You Celebrate It?

Burns Night, called Burns Supper in the U.K., is the night the world celebrates Scotland’s beloved poet, Robert Burns (affectionately known as “Rabbie Burns”). You may recall reading “To a Mouse” or “To a Louse” in school? Perhaps this rings a bell: “O my Luve is like a red, red rose…” January 25 is the…

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