It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens, son of John and Elizabeth, was born on February 7, 1812.
He was a lover of the theatre, aspired to be an actor, political reporter , reformer , philanthropist and father of 10 children.
He was the author of 16 novels over four decades.

His father was a Navy clerk, he had a  middle-class childhood was sadly disrupted when his father’s finances  or lack of,  landed him in debtor’s prison. 
When he was 12, Charles was forced to room with a family friend. 
To pay for board, he worked long hard  hours with poor children in a   warehouse that made    polish for shining shoes. 
The hardship of these days  left a  mark on his writings and inspired a life's work  for labor , especially child labor,  reform.

In 1833  his first story was published. 
Followed by The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop,   A Christmas Carol.
He wrote for a radical newspaper called the Daily News.
In 1859 he wrote A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations ( 1860) .

He died on June 8th, 1870.




  1. I remember him as the snotty kid down the road.

    And to think we thought he wouldn't amount to much!

  2. LOL !!! Thank you for the good laugh ~


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