The Pony Express

Traveling by stagecoach to Virginia City, NV, Mark Twain and his companions watched eagerly for a glimpse of the fleetest messenger of the day, the Pony Express. Here is his description from his book Roughing It, and written for the blog in Centennial Gregg by me. Attachment: the-pony-express.pdf

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Captured by Mohawks

In the mid 1600s, Pierre-Esprit Radisson, the French fur trader and explorer (and for whom the Radisson hotels were named after), was hunting fowl near his Trois-Rivières home in Quebec, when several of his hunting group were killed by Mohawks, and himself was later captured by the Iroquois. He wrote detailed accounts of his travels…

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The Holy Night

This is a beautiful Christmas story by Swedish author and teacher Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. I transcribed it in Centennial Gregg. Attachment: the-holy-night.pdf

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The Discontented Pendulum

This timeless (no pun intended) classic was written by the English poet and novelist Jane Taylor (famous for the words to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star). I transcribed it here in Centennial Gregg. Attachment: the-discontented-pendulum.pdf

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The Hour for Meditation

The importance of taking time for meditation was recognized even in the early part of the 20th century, when this small article appeared in many newspapers of the era. Here it is transcribed in Centennial Gregg by me for the blog. Attachment: the-hour-for-meditation.pdf

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The Crusader and the Puritan

Before becoming Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Oliver Wendell Holmes was something of a feature on the lecture circuit. This speech was delivered at the 250th Anniversary of the First Church in Cambridge, February 12, 1886. I transcribed it in Centennial Gregg for the blog. Attachment: the-crusader-and-the-puritan.pdf  

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Our Duty to be Happy

This is a fragment from the book Days Off by Henry Van Dyke; a gentleman and his nephew talk about the importance of maintaining a positive outlook in life. I transcribed it in Centennial Gregg. Attachment: our-duty-to-be-happy.pdf

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Smoky Comes Home

The novel Smoky the Cowhorse by French-Canadian writer and artist Will James won the Newbery Medal in 1927, which is awarded in recognition of a distinguished contribution to American literature for children. I wrote a small excerpt in Centennial Gregg for the blog. Attachment: smoky-comes-home.pdf

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