A window on Chaucer's cramped, scary, smelly world: A review of "The Poet’s Tale" by Paul Strohm describes a pivotal year in the life of the father of English poetry

A window on Chaucer's cramped, scary, smelly world: A review of "The Poet’s Tale" by Paul Strohm describes a pivotal year in the life of the father of English poetry

Was Geoffrey Chaucer, father of English poetry, also something of a crook? The verdict is still out. But here's the evidence, including some not assembled before. You decide....

Was Chaucer A Crook?

Was Geoffrey Chaucer, father of English poetry, also something of a crook? The verdict is still out. But here's the evidence, including some not assembled before. You decide....

Celebrated Authors and Famous Thinkers. Ward Lock and Co, London, New York, c.1895.   Among the subjects are Geoffrey Chaucer (“the Father of English Poetry”), Charles Dickens (“A Successful Man’s Secret of Success”), Homer (“the Poet of the Heroic World”), Charlotte Brontë (“A Sober View of Life; Hard Experiences”) and Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Molière (“A Writer of Comedies”).

Celebrated Authors and Famous Thinkers. Ward Lock and Co, London, New York, c.1895. Among the subjects are Geoffrey Chaucer (“the Father of English Poetry”), Charles Dickens (“A Successful Man’s Secret of Success”), Homer (“the Poet of the Heroic World”), Charlotte Brontë (“A Sober View of Life; Hard Experiences”) and Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Molière (“A Writer of Comedies”).

Matt Hasselbeck has returned to Seahawks in this Tennessee Titans vs Seattle Seahawks game of preseason opener. Game Date: 11th August 2012

Matt Hasselbeck has returned to Seahawks in this Tennessee Titans vs Seattle Seahawks game of preseason opener. Game Date: 11th August 2012

For a handwriting activity with a self-portrait.  What a fun gift for Mother's or Father's Day!

For a handwriting activity with a self-portrait. What a fun gift for Mother's or Father's Day!

My kids each wrote one of these for me for Mother's Day when they were in 4th grade - never fails to make me cry...

My kids each wrote one of these for me for Mother's Day when they were in 4th grade - never fails to make me cry...

“Behold Thy Mother”, a Scriptural Rosary book, is steeped in beauty and tradition with sacred art, meditations by Church fathers, popes, saints and esteemed Catholic theologians, a side by side English/Latin translation of the Scripture verses, and medieval graphics. This beautiful Catholic prayer book is stamped with an imprimatur by Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen, Bishop of the Diocese of Boise and has received 5 star reviews. This painting is by Pompeo Batoni.

“Behold Thy Mother”, a Scriptural Rosary book, is steeped in beauty and tradition with sacred art, meditations by Church fathers, popes, saints and esteemed Catholic theologians, a side by side English/Latin translation of the Scripture verses, and medieval graphics. This beautiful Catholic prayer book is stamped with an imprimatur by Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen, Bishop of the Diocese of Boise and has received 5 star reviews. This painting is by Pompeo Batoni.

In an acrostic poem, the first letter of each line spells out a word or message! Give your child a fun challenge with this acrostic "mother" poem starter.

Acrostic Poem:

In an acrostic poem, the first letter of each line spells out a word or message! Give your child a fun challenge with this acrostic "mother" poem starter.

Sir Thomas Wyatt by Hans Holbein the Younger. Wyatt was an ambassador for Henry VIII & most probably his rival for Anne Boleyn (indeed he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for an alleged adulterous affair w/ her). Along with Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, he introduced the sonnet from Italy into England. He has been called the "Father of English Poetry." The convention in love poetry of the hard-hearted lover may be attributed to Wyatt. He was more than six feet tall, strong, and…

Sir Thomas Wyatt by Hans Holbein the Younger. Wyatt was an ambassador for Henry VIII & most probably his rival for Anne Boleyn (indeed he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for an alleged adulterous affair w/ her). Along with Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, he introduced the sonnet from Italy into England. He has been called the "Father of English Poetry." The convention in love poetry of the hard-hearted lover may be attributed to Wyatt. He was more than six feet tall, strong, and…

Grew, Nehemiah, 1641-1712.  The anatomy of plants - Biodiversity Heritage Library

Grew, Nehemiah, 1641-1712. The anatomy of plants - Biodiversity Heritage Library

'IF' by Rudyard Kipling. This was in my home when I was growing up. It was actually a helpful poem to read.

‘IF’ by Rudyard Kipling sung by Joni Mitchell and recited by Dennis Hopper

'IF' by Rudyard Kipling. This was in my home when I was growing up. It was actually a helpful poem to read.

5 Ways to Use Instagram for social good http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-a-bentley/instagram-social-good_b_2329753.html

5 Ways To Use Instagram For Social Good

5 Ways to Use Instagram for social good http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-a-bentley/instagram-social-good_b_2329753.html

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