Happy Birthday MJ


  Happy Birthday MJ My Sister, small red-haired and fierce If cross that gimlet stare will pierce The heart of any sentient being Will halt, confess and come clean. Her vibrant smile can cheer a room Her laugh will rival your favorite tune A Heart so huge in that small frame A spirit worthy of Aussie Fame…

Happy Birthday Charlotte Bronte


Writer Charlotte Brontë was born on this day, April 21, 1816, in Thornton, Yorkshire, England.  She was supposedly the most outspoken and ambitious of the Brontës, which was unusual for a woman of her time and background. In fact Charlotte was raised in a strict Anglican home by her clergyman father and a religious aunt…

The Man Who Gave Us Dracula


On this day in 1912,  Bram Stoker  died at No. 26 St George’s Square, London. He was cremated, and his ashes placed in a display urn at Golders Green Crematorium.  Born in Dublin, Ireland, on November 8, 1847, Bram Stoker published his first literary work, The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, a handbook…