Quotes on the love of books.

Diane Kalas, Inspirational Historical Romance Author

"I cannot live without books."
Thomas Jefferson (Author of the Declaration of Independence)

Saturday, August 23, 2014


For those who love the movie Gone With The Wind, the upcoming event in Austin, Texas is a must see. I plan to attend and can't wait to view the green velvet curtain gown worn by Katie Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy before she became Mrs. Rhett Butler after the Civil War. Check out the information below for further details.
The Harry Ransom Center, a world-renowned humanities research library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin, houses extensive collections of literature, film, art, photography, and the performing arts.
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at University of Texas at Austin, TX
300 W. 21st Street
Austin, TX  78712
The Ransom Center announced the 11th Flair Symposium Cultural Life During Wartime 1861-1865 to take place September 18-20, in conjunction with the Ransom Center's upcoming fall exhibition, The Making of Gone with the Wind, which opens September 9, 2014. 

The Making of Gone With The Wind 
September 9, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Turner Classic Movies to be premier sponsor for upcoming

Go behind the scenes of one of the classic films of Hollywood's Golden Age. Featuring more than 300 rarely seen and some never-before-exhibited materials, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the Ransom Center's collections and includes on-set photographs, storyboards, correspondence and fan mail, production records, makeup stills, concept art, costume sketches, audition footage, and producer David O. Selznick's memos. The green curtain dress and other gowns worn by Vivien Leigh are displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years.

After all, tomorrow is another day.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Heroines Behind the Lines - Civil War Book 3

I've just started to read Jocelyn Green's latest book: YANKEE IN ATLANTA - book 3 in her Heroines Behind the Lines - Civil War. Very exciting. See the bottom from Jocelyn's back cover for brief synopsis.

Setting: Atlanta, Georgia
Time: 1864
Release Date: June 2014
When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor treating her believes her only secret is that Caitlin had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta.
Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army—he feels he must defend Georgia to protect his daughter.
In the spring of 1864, Sherman’s troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that she follow the rules, or will Caitlin break her vow to never run again?

Jocelyn Green, author

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Art of Correct and Elegant Letter Writing

Happy Valentine’s Day! The following letters are posted here as written in one of my antique books on 19th century etiquette. The punctuation, spelling, grammar, and layout are exactly as they appeared when published. I hope you find them interesting and heartfelt.

A lady on receiving proposals from a gentleman who wishes to pay his addresses.
            The attentions which you have so long and so assiduously shown to me have not escaped my notice; indeed, how could they, since they were directed exclusively to me, and in preference to others who, for personal attractions and mental endowments, had far higher claims to your consideration? Yet, as I could not fail to notice, you seemed insensible to their presence; on me your regards appeared to be fixed; in me your thoughts appeared to centre; studious of my looks, my words, my actions, you were constantly alive to the anticipation of my faintest wish, and eager to gratify that wish, even at the sacrifice of your own convenience. I admit the truth, that, pleased and flattered by such attentions, I fondly endeavored to persuade myself that attachment toward me had formed itself in your breast.

            Judge, then, what must have been my feelings on reading the contents of your letter, in which you propose to pay your addresses, in a manner, the object of which cannot be mistaken – that I may regard you as my acknowledged suitor, and that you have chosen me as the one most likely to contribute to your happiness in the married state.

            On consulting my parents, I find that they do not object to your proposal; therefore, I have only this to add – may we still entertain the same regard which we have hitherto cherished for each other, until it shall ripen into that affection which wedlock shall sanction, and which lapse of time will not allow to fade.
                                    Believe me to be,
                                                Yours, sincerely attached,
                                                            Isidore McCullum

A lady refusing proposals
            Surely there must have been something in my behavior toward you, upon which you have set a misconstruction. Of what it consisted I am wholly unconscious; but that such has been the case. I feel convinced by an attentive perusal of your letter, which I have just received. I assure you that I feel much flattered by your preference of me, as well as by your proffer of our becoming mutually better acquainted; but with every feeling of regard toward you, I beg respectfully to decline your addresses. What my reasons may be for so doing, you will not, I trust, inflict upon me the pain of declaring; suffice it to say, that I cannot admit them, and I confidently hope that henceforward you will feel the propriety of not referring to this subject.

            If, from any motives you should still urge your suit, by making an appeal to my parents, I may venture to declare that such an appeal would be unavailing. I am satisfied they would never thwart my wishes in an affair of this delicacy, and in which my happiness is so much involved. With my best wishes for your future welfare, allow me to subscribe myself,
                                    Yours, most respectfully,
                                                Ellen Hapgood

A lady expressive of her apprehensions that her suitor has transferred his affections.
Dear Sir:
            Our acquaintance with one another has now continued for some space of time, during which an intimacy, guided by the nicest sense of propriety, has existed between us. Emboldened by this intimacy, I now address you, though the subject is one of a painful nature, at least to my feelings, as I double not it will also prove to yours; therefore, forgive me since the warmth of my attachment has impelled me to write.

            Need I remind you that our vows of constancy have long been pledged, and often reiterated – more times than I can number. My own attachment to you has been most sincere; but I have remarked of late, and I cannot conquer my desire of saying it, that your behavior toward me has seemed to partake of an unwanted coolness, which nothing, I am convinced, upon my part, could have given you the slightest cause for showing. I have asked myself, “Is it likely that another has usurped my place in your affections?” and when I have endeavored to call to mind in what society of unmarried ladies I have seen you, I find there is one object toward whom, if I truly declare my feelings, I must frankly admit that I feel myself jealous; yes, I have said the word, and I do not wish to disguise that jealousy has prompted me to write this letter.

            If my suspicions shall prove to have been groundless, ease my anxiety by a few brief lines to that effect. They will not fail to re-assure me, and convince me that a place in your affections is still retained by,
                                    Yours, most sincerely,
                                                Helen Willett

Thornwell, Emily, THE LADY’S GUIDE TO COMPLETE ETIQUETTE, New York, Belford, Clarke & Company, 1884