In one of the comments to yesterday’s post, containing the quote from Nelson Mandela, our friend Alessandro Gianesini who blogs at Parola di Scrib recalled the poem “Invictus”, Nelson Mandela’s companion during his long imprisonment.Mandela used to read it throughout his 27-year imprisonment during the apartheid period, because of its message of self-masteryThis poem has… Read More Invictus

Serenity Prayer

Reinhold Niebuhr (born on 21 June 1892) was an American theologian famous for his studies on the possibility of relating the Christian faith to the realities of modern politics and diplomacy. In his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King Jr., who claimed he had been more influenced by Niebuhr’s social and ethical ideals than… Read More Serenity Prayer

Ophelia 🎶

Natalie Merchant (born 26 October 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. In this song she imagines many Ophelias living varied lives throughout history, even though the song really has nothing to do with Shakespeare’s heroine other than the sadness the name evokes. All of those women are portrayed in various times, with very dissimilar… Read More Ophelia 🎶

Mary Renault

Mary Renault (1905-1983) was born on this day, 4 September.She was an English-South African writer, best known for her historical novels set in ancient Greece. The rightness of a thing isn’t determined by the amount of courage it takes. In hatred as in love, we grow like the thing we brood upon. What we loathe,… Read More Mary Renault

Davy Crockett

David “Davy” Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was an American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and three-time Congressman. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and took part in the Texas Revolution. During the Battle of the Alamo 49-year-old Crockett remained there as the Mexican army advanced, boosting the spirits of… Read More Davy Crockett

Nelle Harper Lee

Harper Lee was born on 28 April 1926, and died on  19 February 2016 She is best known for writing the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”, published in 1960, which won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Gregory Peck The novel is both a coming-of-age story, or bildungsroman, (the… Read More Nelle Harper Lee