American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox was born on 5 November 1850 Her best-known work was “Solitude”, famous for its opening lines:Laugh, and the world laughs with you;Weep, and you weep alone. These lines have often been ridiculed but even her detractors have to admit that ‘Solitude’ remains successful as a piece of poetry about loneliness.… Read More Solitude

A stolen shot

My nephew got married last Saturday. I received wedding participation and took part with my sons in the ceremony, convinced that a reception had been avoided in times of pandemic.You can imagine the sadness I felt when I discovered in the churchyard that over a hundred people were going to a banquet from which we… Read More A stolen shot

Summer Evening

‘I Know Not How It Falls On Me’ I know not how it falls on me,This summer evening, hushed and lone;Yet the faint wind comes soothinglyWith something of an olden tone. Forgive me if I’ve shunned so longYour gentle greeting, earth and air!But sorrow withers even the strong,And who can fight against despair? Emily Brontë… Read More Summer Evening

Amy Winehouse’s Suffering: “Back to Black”🎶

“Back to Black” is a song from Amy Winehouse’s second and final studio album of the same title released in 2006. Its success threw her into the mainstream, making her an international star. The whole album ìs predominantly based on her tumultuous relationship with then-ex-boyfriend and future husband. Blake Fielder-Civil, who had temporarily left her.… Read More Amy Winehouse’s Suffering: “Back to Black”🎶

Auld Lang Syne

“Auld Lang Syne” is a traditional Scottish song with words attributed to the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, traditionally used to celebrate the start of the New Year.In 1788 Burns restored this song based on fragments of an old ballad and adding a few verses. He said he had transcribed it from “an old… Read More Auld Lang Syne

🍁 A Song for September 🍁

” Sorrow and scarlet leaf,Sad thoughts and sunny weather.Ah me, this glory and this griefAgree not well together! Thomas Parsons, 1880, A Song for September The beauty and sadness of September rendered in a few lines, full of musicality (alliteration and rhymes)  🍂🍁🍂🍁 🍂🍁🍂🍁 🍂🍁🍂🍁 🍂🍁🍂 CANZONE PER SETTEMBRENostalgia e natura vermiglia,radiosità e rimpianti sconsolanti.Ahimè, tanto malessere e… Read More 🍁 A Song for September 🍁

Coco Chanel

Gabrielle (dite Coco) Chanel est née le 19 août 1883 à Saumur. 💄“Si vous êtes triste, ajoutez plus de rouge à lèvres et attaquez. Les hommes détestent les pleureuses.”💄“Se sei triste, metti un po’ più di rossetto e vai all’attacco. Gli uomini odiano le donne che piangono.”💄“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack. Men… Read More Coco Chanel