How Arthur Became King

From the book The Boy’s King Arthur by American author Sidney Lanier, the legend of how Arthur became king of England is a classic that is a favorite of all. Full of challenging vocabulary, I transcribed it for the blog in Centennial Gregg. Attachment: how-arthur-became-king.pdf

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The People of Japan – Part 1

This selection by historian Will Durant from his book The Story of Civilization and transcribed by me in Anniversary Gregg describes the fascinating Japanese culture, their ancient customs and rituals. Attachment: the-people-of-japan-part-1.pdf

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A Passion for Perfume

You may think of perfume and fragrances as something that we use to smell nice, but perfume has always been much more than that. In this article transcribed by me in Centennial Gregg, you will read about its interesting history. Attachment: a-passion-for-perfume.pdf

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Pyramus and Thisbe

The Greeks, the Latins, and other ancient peoples loved to tell myths that explained natural events — why certain stars are in the sky, for example, or how it happens that we have seasons. Many of the myths of the ancient world were retold by the Latin poet Ovid. In honor of Februrary, the month…

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The Making of Books by Monks

There was a time when books were so precious that librarians chained them to the walls for fear they would be stolen. In this selection transcribed by yours truly in Simplified Gregg, the author tells us what books were like in those days. Attachment: the-making-of-books-by-monks.pdf

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Mr. Know-All

One of our blog members, Ms. Ryoko Popjoy, has penned in Anniversary Gregg this short story by British writer W. Somerset Maugham. Mr. Know-All first appeared in the September 1924 issue of Good Housekeeping. Thank you so much, Ryoko! Attachment: Mr-Know-All.pdf

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Nine Words That Can Stop Juvenile Delinquency

In this essay that appeared in the December 15, 1957 issue of This Week magazine, the former senior judge of Brooklyn’s highest criminal court, Judge Samuel S. Leibowitz, attempts to answer to the riddle of the rocketing rate of juvenile delinquency in America during that time. I transcribed it for the blog in Anniversary Gregg….

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Variety in English

The English language is spoken by about 400 million people as a native tongue, and by approximately 700 million people as a foreign language. The phonology of English differs from one dialect to another, and differences in vocabulary between countries exist as well. This article explains some differences between British, American, Australian, and New Zealand…

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