Photo Friday: Crazy Christmas House

Once upon a time in my neighborhood, there was a Crazy Christmas House, with an exterior and a front yard lit up like, well, a Christmas tree. An enormous, outrageous, crammed-with-color-and-light sort of Christmas tree extravaganza. It had Santas and carolers, reindeer and geese, teddy bears and polar bears, snowmen and elves, a ballerina, andContinue reading “Photo Friday: Crazy Christmas House”

December 4 Writer Birthdays

0034 – Persius (full name Aulus Persius Flaccus), Ancient Tuscan poet, writer, philosopher, and satirist of Etruscan origin; in his poems and satires he shows a stoic wisdom and a strong criticism for what he considered to be the stylistic abuses of his poetic contemporaries. His work enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the MiddleContinue reading “December 4 Writer Birthdays”

December 3 Writer Birthdays

1807 – Gamaliel Bailey, American journalist, editor, and publisher 1857 – Joseph Conrad, Polish author who wrote in English after moving to Britain and became one of the best-known authors in the English language; he is famous for such classic novels as Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim. 1897 – Kate O’Brien, Irish novelist and playwright. 1914 – Alaíde Foppa de Solórzano, GuatemalanContinue reading “December 3 Writer Birthdays”

December 2 Writer Birthdays

1728 – Ferdinando Galiani, influential Italian economist and writer. 1868 – Francis Jammes, French poet. 1885 – Níkos Kazantazakís, Greek novelist. 1897 – Rewi Alley, writer, educator, and social reformer. 1909 – Joseph P. Lash, American political activist, Eleanor Roosevelt biographer, and author who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. 1910 –Continue reading “December 2 Writer Birthdays”

December 1 Writer Birthdays

1083 – Anna Komnene (also spelled Comnena), a Greek princess, scholar, doctor, hospital administrator, and the daughter of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos of Byzantium; she wrote the Alexiad, a historical account of her father’s reign. 1886 – Rex Stout, American writer of detective fiction, known for the character Nero Wolfe. 1895 – Henry Williamson, EnglishContinue reading “December 1 Writer Birthdays”

Blog Like Crazy: Wrapping Up the Month

The Blog Like Crazy challenge ends tonight. For the month of November, participants vowed to post a blog entry of at least 300 words each day. I did manage to post every day. In fact, most days I posted more than one entry, if you count my writer birthday lists. And many of my entriesContinue reading “Blog Like Crazy: Wrapping Up the Month”

Journaling 2: These Dreams

A couple days ago I pulled out an old journal I kept, back in November and December 1998, and I posted on this blog about the entries I found there. One surprise for me was just how often I recounted my dreams in the journal. I’ve always been someone who has strange and vivid dreams.Continue reading “Journaling 2: These Dreams”

November 30 Writer Birthdays

0538 – Gregory of Tours, Gallo-Roman historian and Bishop of Tours, which made him a leading prelate of the area that had been referred to as Gaul; his work is the primary contemporary source for Merovingian history, and his most notable work was his Decem Libri Historiarum (Ten Books of Histories), better known as theContinue reading “November 30 Writer Birthdays”

Happy Birthday, Blog!

One year ago today, my blog debuted on this platform. I’d been writing a blog for years, but it was on a different site, and the host company had become increasingly difficult to work with, so it was time for a change. Here’s a link to my very first entry on this site. So, whatContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Blog!”

November 29 Writer Birthdays

1724 – Saviour Bernard, Maltese medical practitioner, scientist, author, and major philosopher. 1832 – Louisa May Alcott, American author, short-story writer, children’s writer, feminist, and abolitionist best known for her semi-autobiographical novel Little Women; she also wrote one of the earliest works of detective fiction. 1855 – August Kitzberg, Estonian playwright, short-story author, and memoirist;Continue reading “November 29 Writer Birthdays”