Book Corner: Tales show what can happen when you follow your passion

In March, to celebrate Women’s History month, I’ve taken some time to focus on children’s books written about creative women who followed their passions. These women’s combinations of skill, artistry, and drive led them all to achieve personal goals as well as to make significant contributions to their creative fields. Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of…
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John Adams Elder: Fredericksburg’s Artist of the Civil War

By Barbara Crookshanks On October 6, 2007, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, 907 Princess Anne Street, opened a retrospective exhibit of the paintings of Fredericksburg artist John Adams Elder, "Fredericksburg's Artist of the Civil War." The retrospective exhibit, the first of Elder's work since 1947, included portraits, landscapes, and paintings of the Civil…
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That Time When Salvador Dalí, Henry Miller, and Anaïs Nin Lived Together in Caroline County (Spoiler Alert: They Did Not Get Along Well.)

By Dan Enos Home to sprawling plantations, the even more sprawling Fort A.P. Hill, and historic sites such as assassin John Wilkes Booth’s death place and explorer William Clark’s birthplace, Caroline County is an archetypal rural Virginia county, far closer in spirit to the somnolent Clayton County from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind than the avant-garde…
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