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Volume 3, Issue 5, December 17, 2018
Seasons Greetings
It's the week before Christmas! The presents are wrapped, cards sent, lists and menus checked several times. In the midst of all the excitement though, there are many who are facing hardship, often through no fault of their own. So, instead of writing about one of the lavish 19th-century historic house museums and how it is decorated for the holidays, I've done something different this time as explained in the main article below. This article also doubles as my classic fiction book recommendation.

I wish everyone Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a wonderful 2019!

Cynthia Collins
Cynthia Collins 

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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

How Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' Depicts the Faces of Poverty
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (1843)

A Christmas Carol, that classic story by Charles Dickens set in 19th-century London about Ebenezer Scrooge and his negative, bah-humbug attitude toward Christmas, needs no introduction. It is a well-known description of the change that comes over a cold-hearted, selfish miser after he experiences ghostly visitors on Christmas Eve. The ghosts his former business partner and three others of past, present, and future Christmases, show him scenes which result in his having a permanent change of heart.

It is during this transformation that Dickens depicts the harshness of being poor in 19th-century London by contrasting Scrooge’s opinion with the realities of those who are facing poverty. Early in the story, he is asked for a donation to assist the poor. His response asking if there are no workhouses or prisons refers to the debtors’ prisons which existed for people who could not pay their bills. ... Continue reading

Favorite Classic Fiction in Historical Settings...

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Original publication, 1843, in London by Chapman & Hall. Illustrations by John Leech.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843)
The Unicorn Tree

The Unicorn Tree by Cynthia Collins © 2018A teenage girl whose brother is lost at sea –
The diary of a nineteenth-century woman –

And the special place that binds them…

Lisa Duncan, a seventeen-year-old high school senior, has an assignment to tour historic Mirabelle Manor, a large estate built in 1850 by a sea captain for his wife. During the tour, she begins to suspect that Mirabelle's ghost is watching her. One of the items on display is a diary, open to a passage about going to a place called the unicorn tree to watch for ships. This appeals to Lisa whose brother is currently sailing across the Atlantic on a commemorative voyage. When news arrives that his ship is lost at sea, her interest in the diary deepens as the past and present lead her to discover what happened.

For reviews and more information, click on the book cover to go to my website.

Ghost story and maritime adventure in a historic setting...
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A Lazy Day Anthology - 1

A Lazy Day AnthologyThis collection of 21 short stories by various authors is the latest book published by the non-profit writers’ group, Bugs2writes, which raises money for children’s medical research in the United Kingdom. The stories range from humorous to serious, fiction and non-fiction, and are suitable for older children, teens, and adults.

Featured Bugs2writes authors are: Elizabeth Allen, Rosemary Baxter, David G. Hulson, Graham Mcglone, Audrey Nye, Sally Saunders, Suzanne Stack, and Julie Hatton (Editor). Featured non-member authors are: Lynne Thelwall and Cynthia Collins.

My story, "The Grass Patters," is a humorous tale of a curious, but not nosy, woman who sees her neighbors poking around in their yard. What starts out as a little eccentric ends up of interest to the whole community with the curious neighbor having a front row seat.

Available in Kindle format at  All proceeds go to children's medical research.
Photo credits: A Lazy Day Anthology: courtesy of Julie Hatton, editor. The header banner, author photo, and cover of The Unicorn Tree: courtesy of Cynthia Collins.

All articles in this newsletter are by Cynthia Collins. The articles may not be reprinted without written permission. Subscriber lists are not sold or given to any third parties and historic sites are not charged for being featured. To suggest historic sites for future issues, request article reprint permission, or any comments/questions regarding this newsletter, please contact Cynthia Collins.
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