John Thornton, Look Back at Me – pt 5

Chapter 5       The Ruby and the Diamond   Upstairs, Margaret collapsed across her old bed, crying.  She felt ashamed and mystified by her sudden emotion for John and her own response to him.  She was lost in his embrace until his rigid passion for her became all too apparent, but she knew he had little control over that.  Unexpected elation, brought on by his desire for her, momentarily swept her away.  For Margaret, passion had quickly disappeared from her marriage to Brook, and she martyred the guilt of her naivety.  She had endured mortifying feelings of inadequacy as a … Read more

Reserve and Reticence – Part Eleven

Eleven – A Struggle For Life   Now that she had managed to negotiate a truce with her mother-in-law, Beth was able to concentrate on Stephen to the full. She certainly needed to do just that. Stephen was getting sicker by the hour, his fever rising to an incredible pitch. After a couple of hours, he became completely oblivious to his surroundings, suffering from long spells of heat, which left him soaked in sweat. Shivers of cold raked his body, breaking even more perspiration. After a few hours, the rash broke out, and it was worse than any Beth had … Read more

Genius 2017 – Starts Tuesday

A series which explores how patent clerk Einstein could not get a teaching job or doctorate in his early life, yet managed to go on to develop the theory of relativity.  10 Episodes  April 25th to June 20th (includes eps 9 & 10) Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe

Insults of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries

Gnashnab  Gnashnab is an 18th century northern English word, meaning someone who just complains all the time. Contemporary synonyms include nitpicker, moaner and grumbler. It’s just as true now as it was back then—no one likes a gnashnab.  Scobblelotcher Mental Floss notes this word is “probably derived from ‘scopperloit,’ an old English dialect word for a vacation or a break from work.” A scobberlotcher is someone who avoids hard work like it’s their job. The next time you catch someone dozing off at their desk, hit ’em with this one.  Zounderkite This is a Victorian word meaning idiot. This is … Read more

John Thornton, Look Back at Me – pt 4

Chapter 4      Maybe Someday   It had been two years since he’d heard that soft, lovely voice, now, depressingly fading to a whisper in his heart.  Hardly believing the moment, he slowly turned around, and she was there, standing off to the side on the veranda.  Margaret was pulling all the air from his lungs. John audibly inhaled as he took in Margaret’s vision which had been captured in his mind since he first met her.  Was there any beauty on earth to match hers?  . . .  He didn’t think so.  Margaret, once his entire future, stood before … Read more