Marcia Strykowski

Category Archives: Poetry

A Visit with Emily Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886). A few months back I was able to visit Amherst, Mass., where Emily lived and wrote most of her amazing poetry. Only a handful of her poems were published during her lifetime, but she left behind hundreds for future generations to enjoy. Her first collection was published in 1890 …

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Welcome to my Porch

We all have our favorite activities and places and one of mine is spending time on my back porch. Porches seem to be an extension to a home where the dreariness of day-to-day tasks can be left behind. Our porch was built on ten or so years ago, first only screened, and then later the windows were added into the same …

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Libraries: So Much More Than Books

OK, so I missed National Library Week (April 9th-April 15th) but luckily it’s still April which means I didn’t miss National Poetry Month! AND I’m also not too late for Poem in Your Pocket Day which will be held on April 27. This event began in NYC in 2002 and later all 50 states were …

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Snow-Bound

It’s the first day of winter and a light layer of snow still covers the ground from New England’s last storm. Seems to me like the perfect day to think about poets and painters who have been moved by falling snow to put pen to paper. Here is a small collection of their thoughts with …

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Robert Frost in NH

Last week I visited the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH and enjoyed a lovely private tour of the two-story typical New England-style white clapboard farmhouse. First you go into the big barn where there is a lot of information and displays, and a video to watch, too.  The property is a New Hampshire State Park, …

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Thanksgiving Thoughts & Traditions

Although there are many discrepancies about what went on, who attended, and what they ate, most people agree the first Thanksgiving was held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. I find it interesting that this famous Currier & Ives Lithograph along with the popular tune of “Over the River and Through the Wood,” both created in the …

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