“Only God can make a tree.” But Joyce Kilmer’s poem inspired many people to plant and preserve them…

On a chilly winter afternoon in 1913, at his home in New Jersey, poet Joyce Kilmer jotted down the first two lines of a new poem in his notebook, along with the date — February 2, 1913. Those two lines went on to become among the most famous, most inspiring and most mocked bits of … Read more

An update on the origin of the term “a self-made man”…

If you start looking into claims about the origins of common phrases, you find that many of those claims are myths that have simply been repeated so long that they came to be cited as true. Some of these bogus phrase “origins” are based on the earliest example recorded in the venerable Oxford English Dictionary … Read more