The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare: A Book Review

The year is 1687, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond tells the story of Kit Tyler, a young 16-year-old from Barbados who moves in with her aunt and uncle in Connecticut after the death of her grandfather. While she is used to having sunshine, freedom, and a prolific education, she is more than shocked to […]

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A “Year of Wonder”-Ful Classical Music: November

A barren month, filled with dying leaves and frost-covered grass, November has its own strange and empty sense of beauty. This month’s musical selection is anything but that! Although rather eclectic, I hope it adds a little flair to your fall-to-winter transition… 1) Symphony no. 9 in D minor (‘Choral’), op. 125, 4: Presto, by […]

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A “Year of Wonder”-Ful Classical Music: October

October has come and gone, and the time has come for me to share with you my top five songs for this month of crisp winds, fiery leaves, and pumpkins galore! Enjoy the whimsical selection! 1) Mélodie from Orfeo ed Euridice, by Christoph Willibald Gluck, arr. by Giovanni Sgambati This piece comes from an opera […]

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A “Year of Wonder”-Ful Classical Music: August

Ahhh, August……. the last hurrah of summer! For me, it’s a month filled with birthdays, family outings, and the beach. Below are my five selections which, I believe, perfectly fit in to an end-of-summer soundtrack! Kick back and soak it in folks… 1) “Csárdás,” by Vittorio Monti I took quite a liking to this one-hit […]

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A “Year of Wonder”-Ful Classical Music: July

July is the month of intense heat and leisurely summer afternoons. My favorite pieces this month also have that slow, meandering pace. While the July edition appears later than originally planned, the music remains the same. So go grab a cold glass of iced tea and have a listen! What better way to spend your […]

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