The Palace Beautiful: The Little Women trail #5

The Palace Beautiful: The Little Women trail #5

There is something intriguing about the history of a home – who designed it and why, what accomplishments occurred under its refuge, who might have met within its walls and what precious moments might have consequently transpired? This trail follows the homes from the life of Louisa May Alcott that appear to make cameo appearances in Little Women – from their humble homes in Concord to the Hancock family manor in Boston. Continue reading The Palace Beautiful: The Little Women trail #5

Beginnings in Bologna: The Little Women trail #1

Beginnings in Bologna: The Little Women trail #1

It’s one of those details on which Little Women is sketchy – we are told simply that Laurie was born “in Italy” to a gifted Italian musician. Where in pre-unification Italy might a woman have reached such levels of education, accomplishment, and recognition; where might the wealthy son of a British merchant have met such a woman; and what place might have sustained them in their lifestyle and passions during their early years of marriage and parenthood? Where, in short, might Laurie have been born? Continue reading Beginnings in Bologna: The Little Women trail #1

The Little Women Hen’s Down Under

The Little Women Hen’s Down Under

Been helping to organize a hen’s, and in the midst of all that my mind started to wander into the land of “what if…” – what if Jo and Laurie had at some point gotten engaged, and Jo had enlisted the advice of her sisters as to what to do for her hen’s? And what if they had been in Sydney, Australia? What might Meg, Beth, and Amy have suggested – and how might things have worked out in the end? Continue reading The Little Women Hen’s Down Under