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Lighthouse

The most celebrated of antiquity was the one erected by Ptolemy Soter in the island of Pharos, opposite Alexandria. Josephus says it could be seen at the distance of 42 miles. It was one of…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce LICKSPITTLELIGHTHOUSELIFE -n. A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay. We live in daily apprehension of its loss; yet when lost it is not missed. The question, "…

Poems

by EmilyDickinsonThe PreacherXLXXXIX Good night! which put the candle out? A jealous zephyr, not a doubt. Ah! friend, you little knew How long at that celestial wick The angels labored di…

Virginia Woolf

Name at birth: Adeline Virginia StephenVirginia Woolf is remembered as both a feminist and a modernist whose novels often ignored traditional plots to follow the inner lives and musings of her charact…

America's Most Endangered Places 2013

The Astrodome in Houston, Texas is among American sites most at risk America's Most Endangered Places America's Most Endangered Places 2012America's Most Endangered Places 2011Am…

Light of the Harem

The Sultana Nourmahal', afterwards called Nourjehan (Light of the World). She was the bride of Selim. (Thomas Moore: Lall Rookh.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer,…

Pharos

A lighthouse; so called from the lighthouse built by Sostratus Cnidius in the island of Pharos, near the port of Alexandria, in Egypt. It was 450 feet high, and could be seen at the distanc…

Poemsby Emily Dickinson

The Preacher XL XXXIX Good night! which put the candle out? A jealous zephyr, not a doubt. Ah! friend, you little knew How long at that celestial wick The angels labored diligent; …

Grace Darling

daughter of William Darling, lighthouse-keeper on Longstone, one of the Farne Islands. On the morning of the 7th September, 1838, Grace and her father saved nine of the crew of the Forfarsh…