Donna's other Website, Paradise Tree, is devoted to "keeping Christ in Christmas."  At Paradise Tree you will find information about the entire season, from Advent to Epiphany, wonderful resources, many free downloads that will delight, and a full page of links to enjoy.  Don't wait for late November to roll around, visit www.paradisetree.org today and bookmark it!  You'll be glad you did!

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  It's the largest literary celebration in the world, established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.  Support the Academy and be an advocate for poetry.  Learn more at http://www.poets.org/

The National Endowment for the Arts sponsors an annual poetry reading for high school students with a $20,000 college scholarship as its prize.  Find out more about Poetry Out Loud:  The NationalRecitation Project.

It's the aim of The Dead Poets Society of America to document poets' grave sites, a worthy effort endorsed by the Librarian of Congress.  In fact, National Dead Poets Remembrance Day--ooh, Edgar Allen Poe shivers--has been celebrated across the United States since 2010.  Learn more and see how you can help.  

The Miss Emily page contains a link to Emily Dickinson's home and museum in Amherst.  You can also visit the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, where Frost and his family lived from 1900 to 1911; it's a National Historic Landmark.  Or see Connemara in Flat Rock, North Carolina, where Carl Sandburg lived the last 22 years of his life.  Not to be outdone, the "most popular poet in America," circa 1920, has two homes worth a visit in Indiana:  The James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum in Greenfield, and the James Whitcomb Riley Home in Indianapolis, which supports the Riley Hospital and Riley Children's Foundation.  Not a bad legacy for a writer of rhymes.

"When I was a child my grandmother used to recite 'Little Orphant Annie' to me on request.  I memorized it and did the same for my younger brother Tom . . . especially around Halloween ('an the Gobble-uns'll git you ef you don't watch out!')."

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