Michaelmas & Jane Austen Connections

Jane Austen told me about Michaelmas. The British Isles holiday is peppered in her written works. Well, maybe not exactly peppered, but the Michaelmas parties do make their occasional appearances, and every time I saw anything of it, I wanted to know what in Heaven it was. Once I got Michaelmasly educated, I wanted to…

Happy 200th Birthday, ‘Pride and Prejudice’!

Two hundred years ago today, genius Jane Austen gave her ‘own darling child’ to the world. I for one, think of the many children she gifted us through this now classic literary work: from the hilarious Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, to the lovely Jane and Elizabeth, to entertainingly flawed Mary, Kitty and Lydia, to the…

Happy Feast of Saint Stephen’s Day!

And Happy Boxing Day! Growing up in Canada, I always wondered what Boxing Day really meant. Being on the 26th of December, it seemed associated with Christmas somehow. It was another day off for many. When I was younger, it was just a play day holiday the day after Christmas. More playing with new toys…