O Shakespeare, Shakespeare! Wherefore art thou Shakespeare

Every opportunity I get, or can afford rather, I jump at the chance to venture to something new for us.  Last week we visited Fonthill Castle, this week, Shakespeare.

I love literature and any classic written works, but sometimes they are intimidating to me.  It’s likely because I attempted my first go at a Charles Dickens classic when I was twelve.  I couldn’t get through the first chapter and it really gave me anxiety to pursue any scholarly type works.  In my mind, I had the idea that if there are entire programs dedicated to particularly authors or pieces of writing at Harvard, I probably wouldn’t understand it.  I know this negative mindset is not healthy and crushes ones’ ego, but in all honesty, that’s how I felt.

Needless to say, I always wanted to learn more about Shakespeare.  Tonight jumpstarted this because even though it’s the most typical play in his collection, the opportunity to see Romeo and Juliet half-price made my wallet wince less than my “I’m an individual” persona.  Continue reading

President Tyler’s Grandkids

10th President, John Tyler

When you have the opportunity, please read this article.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72021.html

If you haven’t heard about this story in the news this week, it will blow your mind. President John Tyler’s grandchildren are alive. Yes, he was the 10th President of the United States of America. He was born in 1790 and became President in 1840. Somewhere, there are two elderly gentlemen who could affectionately call him Gramps. Though they never met, the idea that so much time spans between generations is fascinating.

Forget hearing about your grandparents talk about walking to school or the Great Depression. These guys can talk about how the grandfather was President 20 years before the first shot fired in the American Civil War.

Things these grandkids can say, just peak your interest:

  • “My grandfather was President 34 Presidents ago.”
  • “My Grandpa saw President George Washington’s wooden teeth….in person…in George’s mouth…while he was alive!”

“Good old Gramps was born before… (Enter outrageous option here):

  • 37 states came into existence.
  • The Bill of Rights was ratified.
  • The invention of the cotton gin.
  • The Whiskey Rebellion.
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • President Washington was elected for his second term

“Grandpa was a full grown adult when… (Add historical event here, which you still find startling):

  • The War of 1812 began.
  • The Star Spangled Banner was written.
  • Tomatoes were discovered to be non-poisonous.
  • The census of 1820 showed 9.6 million people…total.
  • Ulysses S. Grant is born. (Grandpa is already 32 years old.)

Maybe it’s because I love history and ancestry, but if this doesn’t make you say “woah”, I’m not sure what will.