It’s Raining on Prom Night #Monday Musical Memories

It recently occurred to me that because of the pandemic, there may not be a senior prom for many high school students. This came to mind while I was listening to the sound track from Grease, a movie that was popular in the 70’s when I was in high school. One of the songs on this album is the one I’m featuring today.

The singer laments about not being with the one she loves on a rainy Prom Night. In my latest novel, The Red Dress, Eve, my main character, catches her boyfriend in the act with her best friend on Prom Night. So, which would be worse: being without the one you love on Prom Night, catching the one you love in the act with another on Prom Night, or not having a senior prom at all? Enjoy the song, and sound off in the comments field.

 

By the way, for the next month, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated by the coronavirus. This sale will run until the end of May. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. As always, thank you for reading.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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What We Do for Love #Thursday Book Feature

Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight

by Rose Hartwick Thorpe

Illustrated by

  1. F.T. Merrill

 

What Amazon Says

 

          • Complete with 22 original illustrations, carefully preserved and formatted for optimal display.

          • The Poem’s complete text has been transcribed and formatted specifically for Kindle.

One of the most popular poems of the 19th century, Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight is a narrative poem written in 1867 by Rose Hartwick Thorpe (also sometimes known as Rosa Hartwick Thorpe), an American from Indiana. It was written when she was 16 years old and first published in the Detroit Commercial Advertiser. This is the primary work for which she is remembered.

Set in the time of Oliver Cromwell in 17th century England, it was reputedly a favorite of Queen Victoria. Although it went through countless editions in the 19th century, Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight has fallen into relative obscurity.

This Kindle edition is based on an 1882 edition, notable for its many engravings. Please note that this Kindle edition has preserved all spelling and punctuation from the original text. Thus, what might appear as a typo, such as spelling “to-night” with a dash, is in fact deliberate.

The story involves Bessie, a young woman whose lover, Basil Underwood, has been arrested, thrown in prison by the Puritans, and sentenced to die that night when the curfew bell rings. Knowing that Oliver Cromwell will be late in arriving and thus not available in time for her to plead for a pardon, the young woman begs the old sexton to prevent the ringing of the curfew bell. When he refuses, she is forced to take matters into her own hands.

It is written in trochaic heptameter, which has a very classic and dramatic cadence.

 

My Thoughts

 

Because this poem has become so obscure, I’d never heard of it until I read this post by blogger Kathy Waller. Although I couldn’t see the illustrations,  I was rivetted from beginning to end, identifying with the maiden’s quest to save her lover at all costs. Oh, the sacrifices we make and the risks we take for the ones we love. Even if you don’t like poetry, you’ll enjoy this narrative poem with a satisfying end.

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By the way, for the next month, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated as a result of the coronavirus situation. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. Thank you for stopping by.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Spring’s Hopelessness #Poetry

Today’s poem comes from my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. My late husband Bill loved to sit outside in the sun. One year, when spring came after a difficult winter, he was anxious to do this but frustrated because it still wasn’t warm enough. That is what inspired me to write this poem. You can read more about Bill and me in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, which can be downloaded absolutely free this month from Smashwords. See below for details.

This poem is a haibun. It contains two paragraphs of prose followed by one stanza of haiku. You can click on the title to hear me read it.

 

Spring’s Hopelessness

 

 

Spring comes wet with little sun. Hope is dashed by the wind that buffets the house, rattles wind chimes, rain that drums on the roof. Without enough warmth, grass, flowers, trees, shrubs won’t grow.

He loves the sun, can’t get enough. It’s one of his few pleasures, since he can no longer walk or use his left arm or care for himself. After a brutal winter with endless snow, frigid temperatures, he longs to enjoy the sun’s healing warmth.

 

wishes for the sun

fall on the deaf ears of God

wait for warmth to come

 

By the way, for the next month, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated as a result of the coronavirus situation. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. Thank you for stopping by and reading today.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Victory Polka #Monday Musical Memories

While I was working as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents, someone requested the song I’m featuring today. Sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, it offered hope during the desperate times of World War Ii. Although times today aren’t nearly as bad, they’re still bleak, with the numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths being reported on the news every day. So, I hope this song also offers you hope.

As you listen, think of what will happen once social distancing restrictions are lifted, allowing public places to open again. Here in Sheridan, I’ll be able to go to my water exercise classes at the Y, eat lunch at the senior center, meet face to face with my writing groups, and practice with my choir. I’ll have easier access to toilet paper and other items. As I walk by the creek, I’ll hear the happy cries of children from the nearby park. Last, but not least, I won’t have to worry about getting sick. Then, I’ll dance my own victory polka.

By the way, for the next month, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated as a result of the coronavirus situation. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. Thank you for reading today.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Let Hyacinths: An Easter 2020 Poem #Re-Blog

Just in time for Easter, blogger Alice Massa shares one of her poems and includes a video by her sister, a pre-kindergarten teacher, in which she narrates an illustrated book about how dinosaurs read. I’m sure you’ll find Alice’s poem to your liking. If you have young children, they’ll enjoy the video. Whether you’re celebrating Easter, Passover, or any other holiday this weekend, despite social isolation, I hope your celebration is a good one.

 

Via Let Hyacinths: An Easter 2020 Poem

 

By the way, for the next month, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated as a result of the coronavirus situation. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. Thank you for stopping by today.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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