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    The Muses Companion – April 21, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 21st, the 111th day of the year 2024, with 255 days remaining. “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Bertrand Russell Today in Literary History: On this day in 1918, Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, was shot down and killed during World War I. The legendary German fighter pilot has been the subject of numerous books and films that explore his prowess in the sky and the mythos surrounding his persona. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am…

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    The Muses Companion – April 20, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 20th, the 110th day of the year 2024, with 256 days remaining. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Anaïs Nin Today in Literary History: On this day in 1912, Bram Stoker, the Irish author best known for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula, passed away. Stoker’s creation has become one of the most universally iconic figures in horror literature, spawning countless adaptations and reimaginings across various media. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Dracula by Bram Stoker: “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” Literary Fact…

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    The Muses Companion – April 19, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 19th, the 109th day of the year 2024, with 257 days remaining. “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” Boris Pasternak Today in Literary History: On this day in 1824, Lord Byron, the British Romantic poet and a leading figure of the Romantic movement, died in Missolonghi, Greece. His works and persona epitomized the Romantic ideal of the artist as a brooding genius, influencing countless writers and artists who came after him. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Don Juan by Lord Byron: “Between two worlds life hovers like a star, ‘Twixt night and…

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    The Muses Companion – April 18, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 18th, the 108th day of the year 2024, with 258 days remaining. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King Today in Literary History: On this day in 1930, the BBC famously announced, “There is no news,” in their evening radio report and instead played piano music. This unique occurrence highlights the unpredictability of news cycles and has since been referenced in various discussions and writings on media and communication. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Clarence Darrow’s address to the court in the Scopes Trial: “I do not believe in God because I do not believe in Mother Goose.” Literary Fact of the Day:…

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    CSX 6245 & CSX 6223

    Amelia and I embarked on a delightful day trip to Palmer, Massachusetts, with the singular purpose of indulging our shared passion for trains. As the afternoon sun cast its golden light across the tracks, our excitement was rewarded when we spotted two imposing CSX locomotives. The vibrant blue and yellow color scheme of CSX, a personal favorite of mine, adorned the sides of locomotives CSX 6245 and CSX 6223. These magnificent machines, symbols of power and perpetual motion, glided past us, their presence marking a highlight in our day as we stood in awe of the spectacle. April 17, 2024

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    The Muses Companion – April 17, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 17th, the 107th day of the year 2024, with 259 days remaining. “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” Jack Kerouac Today in Literary History: On this day in 1397, Geoffrey Chaucer told the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer’s tales are widely regarded as one of the cornerstones of English literature, providing a critical look at medieval society through the lens of its varied characters. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder: “There is a land of the living and a land of…

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    The Muses Companion – April 16, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 16th, the 106th day of the year 2024, with 260 days remaining. “The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.” T.S. Eliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1844, Anatole France, a French poet, journalist, and novelist, was born. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921, France is known for his skeptical, ironic approach to human affairs, and his writings often reflect his deep cynicism and wit. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From The Garden of Epicurus by Anatole France: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Literary Fact…

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    The Muses Companion – April 15, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 15th, the 105th day of the year 2024, with 261 days remaining. “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” Albert Einstein Today in Literary History: On this day in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci, one of the foremost artists and intellectuals of the Italian Renaissance, was born. While best known for his artworks, Leonardo’s extensive notebooks, filled with scientific diagrams, anatomical sketches, and engineering designs, also make him a significant figure in the literature of the sciences. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James: “It has made me better loving you……

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    The ’90s Were A Decade I’d Rather Forget

    As the soft glow of nostalgia continues to illuminate the 1990s, painting them as the quintessential era of simpler times and cultural milestones, I find myself at odds with the mainstream sentiment. It’s peculiar, standing on the outside of a collective memory that cherishes what I recall as my darkest days. While others revel in the revival of flannel shirts, grunge rock, and the dawning of the internet age, for me, the ’90s were a series of personal trials and tribulations—a decade I’d much rather forget. I was born into the warmth of the late ’70s, a time of tumultuous change but also of hope and expansion. The ’70s and…

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    The Muses Companion – April 14, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 14th, the 104th day of the year 2024, with 262 days remaining. “All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.” Ernest Hemingway Today in Literary History: On this day in 1931, Spain was declared a republic with the overthrow of King Alfonso XIII. This significant event marked a period of intense social reform and artistic exploration in Spain, influencing countless Spanish writers and poets, including Federico García Lorca, whose works often reflect the tumultuous spirit of his times. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From A Study of History by Arnold J. Toynbee: “History is a vision of…