A Lesson in Code and Craft from Ada

The year was 1815.  Annabella Milbanke, a deeply religious and mathematically gifted young lady from an aristocratic family, had just given birth. The child’s father was Lord Byron, the great Romantic poet and a notorious playboy.  A scandal was inevitable.  Just three days later, Byron would set sail away from England with his mistress, never […]

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The Uses of Sorrow

The Uses of Sorrow by Mary Oliver: (In my sleep I dreamed this poem) Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.

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And Still I Rise

I wish my writing was as beautiful as Maya Angelou’s so I could describe how much and the reasons why I love her poetry. Instead, in celebration of what would have been her 88th Birthday tomorrow, I’ll simply share one of her most famous pieces. And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou: You may write […]

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