Thursdays at four o’clock, Emilie Loring was “at home” to receive guests for afternoon tea. If you’ve read any of her thirty novels, you know how much she loved giving teas. “If this house were to float down river in a flood your mother would manage a tea party on the roof.” As Long As I Live A tea … More Find Your Fortune in a Pleasant Cup of Tea
The Baker family influenced popular culture in America for more than one hundred years, through newspapers, plays, books, short stories, and film. They were best-sellers in their time, known on the street, in the theater, and at the publishing house. But who remembers them now? Albert Baker was first. His father was a sail-maker in … More The Boston Bakers: 100 Years of Forgotten Best Sellers
I think we’ve all had the feeling of being led to something, of being called by something. It’s happened while researching Emilie Loring’s life–the urge to turn down an unknown street, and there is something I’ve hoped to find; the impulse to turn just one more page or take a book off the shelf that, … More When Things Just Want to be Found
Greetings from the Northeast! I have just come from a delightful visit with Eve, one of Emilie Loring’s grandchildren, and she had something for me: four Emilie Loring paperbacks that she hoped I would give to someone who would like them. If you’ve read Where Can You Get Emilie Loring Books? you know what a treat this … More How much do you know about Emilie Loring?
One hundred fifty years ago, September 5, 1866, at 5 Chardon Street in Boston, Maria Emily Baker was born to George Melville Baker and Emily Frances (Boles) Baker. If there were an “On the Day You Were Born” greeting card back then, it could have included some of these… “Here are the headlines on the … More Happy 150th Birthday, Emilie Loring!
If Emilie had climbed the Park Street Church tower in 1872 and looked west, past the Boston Common, she would have seen a view like this one. In the near ground is the Public Garden. On the left is the Arlington Street Church, the Church of the Covenant towers behind on Newbury Street, and Commonwealth Avenue … More When the best stories are both new and old