The Appointment in Samarra

I heard the following story many years ago; my father read it to us. I have recalled it many times when reading news about some tragic death. Maybe this story was a way the ancient civilizations had of explaining unusual untimely deaths; a way of explaining predestination.   “The Appointment in Samarra” (as retold by… Continue reading The Appointment in Samarra

Count the words

Have you ever had to submit a written document which required a certain number of words to be written? In school we were always given assignments such as “write two hundred words on Lincoln” or “write a five hundred word paper on the Reformation”. I remember writing the assignments and spending half the time just… Continue reading Count the words

Authors – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Once again the literary Gods intervened. I was in hot pursuit of James Carpenter in a Jan 13, 1887 newspaper but stumbled upon this item: Alfred Tennyson I know Alfred Lord Tennyson not from reading his books but from the card game “Authors“ that we played when we were kids back in the 50’s. Link… Continue reading Authors – Alfred Lord Tennyson