Winter Reads

Chadwick continues to extend the welcoming mat at our local public library.  He had to put on his scarf to ward off the cold as he greets visitors during these winter months.  Books that Chadwick’s fan has been reading or listening this winter have been Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain,  various titles by David Baldacci, finally completed the biography on Florence Nightingale by Cecil Woodham-Smith, various books of the Holy Bible and The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum.

I started reading Flo’s biography almost a year ago after learning Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about Florence that most people know as “The Lady with the Lamp”  The real title of the poem is Santa Filomena.  Longfellow wrote the poem after the Crimean War where Florence Nightingale labored night and day at the bedside of the sick and wounded British Soldier who fought for the Crown.  Florence Nightingale’s heroic works in the Crimean became known around the world.

Listening to Tom Sawyer was inspired by an essay that I came across and read,  which my middle child wrote for his AP American Literature course in high school.  My connection to Mark Twain is because of his ties to Elmira, New York, which I learn about through my sister Patti who has lived there since high school.

Steve at the Mark Twain study on Elmira College Christmas 2008.
Steve at the Mark Twain study on Elmira College Christmas 2008.
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