A Child’s Dream of a Star

One of Dickens’ most beautiful stories, it first appeared in the April 6, 1850 issue of the weekly journal Household Words, in which he was editor. The story later appeared in book form and illustrated. I transcribed in Centennial Gregg for the blog. Attachment: a-childs-dream-of-a-star.pdf

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Destruction of Pompeii

This vivid description of the Vesuvius eruption and the damage it caused in Pompeii — here in Anniversary Gregg transcribed by me — comes from the pen of the English writer and politician Edward Bulwer-Lytton in his novel The Last Days of Pompeii. Lord Lytton’s works are the source of famous phrases, such as “the…

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A Bee-Hunt in the Far West

From his book A Tour on the Prairies, here is an extract of Chapter 9 transcribed by yours truly in Simplified Gregg, in which Washington Irving describes his adventure with honey bees. Attachment: a-bee-hunt-in-the-far-west.pdf

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Quotation Collection

I thought I would share an idea I came up with for practicing shorthand that is turning out out to be quite enjoyable. I have a dedicated notebook in which I am creating a collection of my favorite quotations, written first in longhand and then in shorthand.  It’s really fun and I look forward to…

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The Fourth of July in Westminster Abbey

Phillips Brooks was an American Episcopal clergyman and Bishop of Massachusetts. Renowned for his charismatic preaching, he was invited in 1880 to preach at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Royal Chapel at Windsor before Queen Victoria. After his sermon on July 4 of the same year titled The Candle of the Lord, he…

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