CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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Today — January 28, 2015 (permalink)

"A snow-wave in Cheshire.  Sketched from nature, January 28, 1865, after a strong breeze of wind."  From Frost and Fire by John Francis Campbell, 1867.

January 24, 2015 (permalink)

January 19, 2015 (permalink)

"But in the night he ran away," from Red Apple and Silver Bells by Hamish Hendry and illustrated by Alice B. Woodward, 1899.

January 15, 2015 (permalink)

"Jest like as the dewdrops sparkle / In the sun of the mornin' skies."  From Grandma's Attic Treasures by Mary Dow Brine, 1882.

January 12, 2015 (permalink)

"The storm," from The Story of an Ocean Tramp by Charles Clark, 1898

January 10, 2015 (permalink)

"Where go the good Days when they end?  Why do they never stay?  I often wish that God would send a nice bright Yesterday!"  From Red Apple and Silver Bells by Hamish Hendry and illustrated by Alice B. Woodward, 1899.

January 8, 2015 (permalink)

"Smoothed his hat & talked about the weather."  From The Works of George John Whyte-Melville, 1898.

January 7, 2015 (permalink)

From Dore's illustrations to the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

January 6, 2015 (permalink)

"The mist has gone by, dear love!  The mist has quite gone by!"  From The Grey Man by Samuel Rutherford Crockett and illustrated by John Seymour Lucas, 1896.

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January 3, 2015 (permalink)

From The History of Springfield in Massachusetts by Charles Henry Barrows, 1921.

January 1, 2015 (permalink)

The caption might be the opposite of, "Is it hot in here, or is it just me?"  It reads, "Would you like your overcoat, Colin?"  From A Double Mistake by Edith E. Smyth, 1898.

December 31, 2014 (permalink)

"Do you call this winter?"  From Uncle Chesterton's Heir by Joséphine Blanche Colomb, 1884.

December 30, 2014 (permalink)

"Sledging in a snow-storm," from Siberia in Asia: A Visit to the Valley of the Yenesay in East Siberia by Henry Seebohm, 1882.

December 28, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from Earthquakes by Arnold Boscowitz (1890).  The caption reads: "A family wandering in the snow, to avoid an earthquake shock."

An illustration from an 1885 issue of Arthur's Home magazine.

December 27, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from Our Earth and Its Story by Robert Brown (1893).  The caption reads: "Fig. 232 — Aurora borealis observed in Alaska, December 27, 1865."

December 20, 2014 (permalink)

"Midwinter comes tomorrow," from Songs of Three Centuries by John Greenleaf Whittier, 1877.

December 16, 2014 (permalink)

"Winter-Time": an illustration from The Jorrocks Edition by Facey Romford (1892).

December 9, 2014 (permalink)

From Voyage aux Pyrénées by Hippolyte Adolphe Taine and illustrated by Gustave Doré, 1860.

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