After a sunny, lovely day, a quick, crazy powerful thunderstorm darkened the sky alarmingly before rumbling through here on Wednesday. I was caught out in it, naturally. But the storm clouds were glorious.
1426 – Giovanni Pontano (later known as Giovanni Gioviano or, in Latin, Ioannes Iovianus Pontanus), poet, writer, humanist, and politician from the Duchy of Spoleto, now in Umbria in central Italy. 1711 – David Hume, Scottish historian, economist, and essayist; a key figure in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment. 1748 –Continue reading “May 7 Writer Birthdays”
It’s spring, and Orthodox Easter was just a few days ago, so I decided to run a picture of Easter Past for Throwback Thursday. I took this one on my son’s first Easter, when he was a little more than two months old. He’s still cute, but now he’s six-foot-three.
1856 – Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and the founding father of psychoanalysis. 1868 – Gaston Leroux, French journalist and author of detective fiction, best known for the novel The Phantom of the Opera. 1885 – Yaeko Nogami (birth name Kotegawa Yae), Japanese writer, novelist, essayist, and translator. 1902 – Harry Lewis Golden, Jewish-American journalist andContinue reading “May 6 Writer Birthdays”
A few days ago I posted about suddenly deciding to go to Cornwall for a few days in the fall, and renting a house there that is featured in a favorite BBC series. Yesterday I posted about further plans for the trip, which will also include a village in Wales, as well as a fewContinue reading “Wanderlust, Domestic Edition”
1588 – Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher whose work Leviathan set the foundations of western political philosophy. 1813 – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, and social critic widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. 1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist, and socialist revolutionary who was the founder ofContinue reading “May 5 Writer Birthdays”
I spent a surprising amount of time today on travel planning. That feels like such a weird thing to say, after more than a year of going almost nowhere. I posted a couple days ago about a trip to the U.K. we are hoping to take this fall. That post was about my recent bookingContinue reading “Wanderlust”
1006 – Khwaja Abdullah Ansari, Persian Sufi poet known as the “Sage of Herat” for his oratory and poetic talents. 1749 – Charlotte Turner Smith, English Romantic poet, novelist, and children’s writer who initiated a revival of the English sonnet, helped establish the conventions of Gothic fiction, and wrote political novels of sensibility; scholars creditContinue reading “May 4 Writer Birthdays”
Yesterday Bob pulled out some ugly, scraggly shrubs near our front door, so we could replace them with azaleas. He commented to me that a sparrow in the dogwood tree was scolding him the whole time. Then we saw the nest. One of the ugly shrubs had been home to a nest full of babyContinue reading “Eyes on the Sparrows”
1469 – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian, politician, philosopher, and writer who is widely considered the founder of modern political science and is best known for his handbook for unscrupulous politicians, The Prince. 1533 – Cheng Dawei, Chinese writer and mathematician who is known as “the most illustrious Chinese arithmetician,” mainly because he was the authorContinue reading “May 3 Writer Birthdays”