Welcome to March 15, 2020, and my spring newsletter!
Today marks an important day in the world of Shakespeare enthusiasts. Those who have studied Shakespeare’s plays may recall a soothsayer’s advice to Caesar to beware this day. Alas, Caesar should have heeded this warning, but we need not fret. March 15 marks another day closer to the official beginning of spring and a reminder that hope abounds! (Romans 15:13)
In this newsletter I want to show my appreciation for your following. Because I collect bookmarks and I often find profound ideas in the books I’m reading, I have created a page of poetic printables for your enjoyment!
If you click on the link below, you will find a page of colorful bookmarks containing some of Shakespeare’s memorable lines. These may be printed in color on card stock and used to mark your page in that awesome book you are reading.
When I was teaching full time, I always celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday (on or around April 23) by making advice cupcakes (as opposed to Chinese fortune cookies) for my students. Inside the cupcakes I placed laminated quotes advising my students to be true to themselves or to “love all, trust a few, and do wrong to none,” etc.
These bookmarks can be a new way to carry on that tradition. Please celebrate the coming of spring with me, and enjoy a good book and some of Shakespeare’s sage advice!
As I write this newsletter, people around the globe are concerned about the threat of a potentially deadly virus, an economic crisis, war, uncertainty, and many other issues. However, Shakespeare reminds us that “present fears are less than horrible imaginings.”
I wish you all peace and hope, and I leave you with the words of Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
The Literary Lyonesse
Song of Solomon 2:11-12; Job 29:23; Matthew 6:28-29