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What Is Your Favorite Klimt Painting?

Who doesn’t know this painting, Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss?  This year marks the 150th birthday of Klimt and Austria is celebrating it in various ways. If you are in Vienna, you are in for a treat, for several museums such as the Albertina, the Belvedere, the Kunsthistorisches, the Leopold, and the Wien Museum are showing […]

Writerly Travels

Nearly a year ago, on my old blog, I made a valiant attempt to start a regular feature.  I planned, I pinned, and I posted.  Three times.  Three posts do not make much of a regular feature.  Today, however, I am bringing it back, for you, as a one-time-and-maybe-more feature.  I call it writerly travels: […]

Kids have summer reading lists. Why not one for adults?

Jesse Kornbluth here, from, recalling the summers when I did nothing but read. A friend suggested I pull together a reading list for the summer. I had a hard time taking her seriously. She’s one of the smartest, best-read people I know — I’d much rather read her list than mine. But I understand […]

What are you reading?

Happy Tuesday, sweet English Muse readers. I just finished reading Heartless by Gail Carriger (think Jane Austen meets Buffy in Victorian London). I think I might read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies next.  It’s been sitting unread on my night stand for over a year now. Except I think I need a vacation from vampires. […]

Art is Everywhere

Hello, English Muse readers! It’s Hannah B. from Secrets of a Belle again, and today I think Lelanie and I must be on the same wavelength! I, too, have had art on the brain lately. I have always been a firm believer that art is everywhere–in the shapes of leaves, in the color of the […]

Art is amazing.

Hey guys. Welcome to Monday. It’s Lelanie here from of Beauty of Love. Why not kick today off with some art inspiration? I have hunted around a bit for some affordable pieces. Art makes such a different in a space. Yet, often we feel like we have to go without because it’s unaffordable.  So here’s a nice round-up of affordable, pretty and […]

Ready. Set. Summer.

Hello English Muse readers! Karen from A Simple Cup of Tea once again. This week I wanted to talk about the summer solstice and how summer is finally here. Belgian weather however decided to sabotage me so instead I wanted to share with you a playlist full of music that makes me long for summer. […]

Does Anyone Remember Tanita Tikaram?

This post is dedicated to my dear friend Daria 🙂 Hello Everyone! I went to see her concert three days ago here in Wroclaw, my hometown. In preparation for the concert, I listened to some of her songs and was amazed how many really good songs she has recorded. Initially, I thought I was familiar […]

Middle (School) Reads

In August, fingers crossed, I will begin a teacher certification degree that will someday allow me to teach middle school English and Language Arts.  So what have I begun doing to prepare for this degree program? I’m making a reading list, of course. Goodreads has a Top 100 Middle School Reads list, most of which I’ve read […]

Wislawa Szymborska wrote just 350 poems. They were enough for her to win the Nobel Prize.

Jesse Kornbluth, of, this week celebrating a great poet many of us had never heard of. Remember those old, offensive Polish jokes? You could almost make one here: Did you hear about the Polish poet who won the Nobel Prize? There are certainly some nearly comical responses. In 1996, Wislawa Szymborska (l923-2012) won the […]

In “Mission to Paris,” Alan Furst once again proves he can make you drop everything to read him

Jesse Kornbluth, of, this week taking you to Paris — in 1938. If you have a deadline looming or even a busy week, the absolute last thing you want to do is crack open “Mission to Paris” and think you’re going to read just a chapter, because you’re not. You’re going to read when […]

A Dream of a Memory

There is a foggy feeling when you wake up from a really real dream. The kind of dream that seems like it must have been true. Sometimes you can still feel the heat on your face, or the wind in your hair. Photographer Oleg Oprisco captures moments that seem hazy. Like a memory they show […]

Destination: Cuzco, Peru!

Hello dear English Muse readers, I am Gulfem Karci from All Happy Things Around! Today, I want to share one of my dreams with you, visiting Peru. There is a hopeless adventurer and daydreamer inside me. Almost each week, a new theme is set by this adventurer and daydreamer side of me. This week, it […]

Embracing the Art of Homemaking

Happy Monday, Muse readers! It’s Hannah B. from Secrets of a Belle, and today I’d like to share the 2 books that are currently on my nightstand: Home Economics and Don’t Sing at the Table. Both feed my lifelong obsession with homemaking. I am constantly thinking about how to live a more beautiful life and a […]

Summer inspiration.

Morning guys. It’s Lelanie from of Beauty and Love here. Today I’d like to share some beautiful fabric and colours for summer with you. I found these gorgeous fabrics while on the hunt for Bohemian inspired prints for a friends new shop. These fabrics has such rich prints and textures that I simply couldn’t resist. I thought It would […]

Be the change

Hello English Muse readers! Karen from A Simple Cup of Tea again. This week I’ll be talking about change and how important it is to embrace it. There’s this thing about life. It is constantly changing. It moves, reinvents itself and gets reborn. Life is never static. Now let’s be very honest here. Change is […]

Cold Showers

  Dear English Muse Readers! I have just finished another Art of Living seminar and I am bubbling with energy. Did you know there are five sources of energy? Food, breath, positive attitude, sleep…and COLD SHOWERS. I quit eating meat two years ago and I bless my decision and discipline every single day. As a […]

Little Words

Little words and little sentences always get me in writing.  I make every effort to use impeccable grammar, punctuation, and spelling on a daily basis, but something about fragments of thoughts has a more concentrated punch when you’re pouring over page after page of a novel.  The little words leap from the page and present […]

Want to know why we’re so screwed up? Start with ‘The ‘True Believer’

Jesse Kornbluth, of, here today to offer an explanation why hard-core religious fundamentalists are so intent on enforcing their will not just on their women but on their government. Eric Hoffer’s remarkable book, “The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements,” is short: just 168 pages. Hoffer believed in short. Anything that […]

One day in Paris

What would you do if you’d never been to Paris before and you had one day, just one, precious day, to see as much of this magical city as you could? Where would you go? What would you see? This is Naomi Bulger visiting from my blog Messages in Bottles, and I had the pleasure […]

Cupcakes Cupcakes Cupcakes

I used to think cupcakes were overrated.  Then one lazy summer evening, friends talked me into standing in line for a cupcake at Georgetown Cupcake. What can I tell you? Their cupcakes are so delicious that the line to the cupcackery is literally a block long.  See Exhibit A below: Well, I hate to admit this…but […]

Dark Flowers

As spring warms into summer the delicate early flowers turn brown and fade away. The summer flowers are larger, hardier, and darker. Linn Olofsdotter’s work seem somewhat tropical, there is nothing flimsy about her flowers. I love how complicated and dense her illustrations are. Her work is graceful and elegant but by no means dainty. […]

Are You a Morning Person?

My Husband is, my dad was, but, sadly, I got my mother’s genes. I’m pretty sure we could both sleep until 10 every day and be perfectly content. However, since Husband has been in NYC,  I’ve found myself waking up from a not-so-restful sleep at 5am each day. If I were a normal person, I’m […]

Flamingo’s & Typewriters

Morning friends. It’s Lelanie from of Beauty and Love here, to usher you into Monday morning. How was your weekend? We had a great one. It was pretty cold, so we just huddled inside. But it was restful and nice. Today I would like to share two of my current obsessions passions with you. I don’t know where they have come […]

On everyone’s minds

There are certain songs that come from nowhere and slowly creep up on you. It starts with maybe a friend playing it for you and you don’t really like it. Then you hear it again in the corner shop when you are lost in thoughts and without noticing it settles in your subconscious. Then you […]

All You Need Is Love

Dear English Muse Readers! How many of you have ever been in love? All of you, I bet! Once, twice, many more times?  Exactly twelve years ago today I was head over heels in love and I felt I could move mountains. I have not felt that ecstatic ever since. So here is my wish, […]

Words on Writing

Not long after writing about writer’s block last week, I encountered Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life. I’m only a chapter and a half in and a little in love.  The book is composed of vignettes and metaphors of the writing life, artfully written and relatable to any creative person.  Dillard writes about the way we are […]

Happy Feet

A girl needs her shoes; there are no two ways about it. I hereby regretfully inform you that I nearly do not have as many shoes as I really need, much less, deserve. I do a lot of research on footwear (foot clothes, if you must) and I spend a lot of time thinking about […]

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