Huckleberry Finn

On February 18, 1885, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was published in the United States after initially being published in the United Kingdom and Canada on December 10, 1884. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the … Continue reading Huckleberry Finn

The Real Robinson Crusoe is Rescued!

On February 2, 1709, Scottish privateer and Royal Navy officer Alexander Selkirk was rescued by Duke, a privateering ship piloted by William Dampier, and its sailing companion Duchess, after being marooned by his captain on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean. After four years and four months without human company, Selkirk was almost incoherent with joy. Selkirk had become adept at hunting and … Continue reading The Real Robinson Crusoe is Rescued!


Today is the first “random stamp day” of the New Year. In fact, it’s the first such entry since the end of November 2018. This is a day on which I cannot match a single anniversary (event, birthday, etc.) with a stamp in my collection. For example, on this date in 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense which advocated independence from Great Britain to people … Continue reading Pinnochio

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

On August 30, 1797, English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin) was born in Somers Town, London, England. Despite all of her other writings, Mary Shelley is best known for having written the Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus which happens to be 200 years old this year, having been published on January 1, 1818. … Continue reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Marie-Louise Gay’s Stella and Sam

I started my teaching career many years ago as a reading teacher in Thailand, although that isn’t what I’d applied for. I was given an interview with a school director who asked me just two questions, one of which was based on a mention on my resume of a love of reading. It turned out the school was in desperate need of a reading teacher … Continue reading Marie-Louise Gay’s Stella and Sam

Czech Republic CP#0829 {26 Nov 2014)

Czech Republic: Jára Cimrman, Inventor of Round Stamps (2014)

The Czech Republic (Česká republika), also known as Czechia (Česko), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 30,450 square miles (78,866 square kilometers), has 10.5 million inhabitants with the capital and largest city at Prague, with over 1.2 million … Continue reading Czech Republic: Jára Cimrman, Inventor of Round Stamps (2014)