The Man Behind “Mr. Selfdidge”

I’ve been watching the ITV show, Mr. Selfridge, about Harry Selfridge, the American who transformed British retail, and it got me curious as to how much of the salacious tale was actually true.  He was one of the retail magnates that dominated the changing world in the late Victorian period,…

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Ben Franklin and Self Improvement

I’ve been reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin the past week or so (it’s a fast read, but it competes with the other books – I’m not a “one book at a time” kind of girl) and I’m noticing that one common thread throughout his life was his constant striving for…

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All shall be well, and all shall be well, and All Manner of things shall be well: Julian of Norwich

I’ve had several signs pointing me to the writings of Julian of Norwich lately.  She was a fourteenth century anchoress and Christian mystic, who, when she was 29 years old, was deathly ill.  While on her sickbed, she had sixteen visions of Christ, starting when she saw the garland wreath…

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