January 28 Writer Birthdays

1582 – John Barclay, French-born Scottish writer, satirist, and neo-Latin poet. 1608 – Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist, physicist, mathematician, and author; Father of Biomechanics; and first person to design a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus; he became head of Mathematics at the University of Pisa, though Galileo recommended against hiring him. 1841 – Sir HenryContinue reading “January 28 Writer Birthdays”

D.O.E. Applauds Student Reflections Heroes

The U.S. Department of Education celebrated the national winners of the 2018-19 PTA Reflections contest earlier this month with a recognition event, art show, and student performances at the D.O.E.’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. With seven National winners in our Northern Virginia District, we felt well-represented by our talented kids! Entrants could use any ofContinue reading “D.O.E. Applauds Student Reflections Heroes”

January 27 Writer Birthdays

1741 – Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi (born Hester Lynch Salusbury), Welsh diarist, author, salon holder, and patron of the arts; her diaries and correspondence are an important source of information about Samuel Johnson and 18th-century English life. 1858 – Cornelia Hubertina “Neel” Doff, Dutch-Belgian author who wrote mostly in French and who is a keyContinue reading “January 27 Writer Birthdays”

January 26 Writer Birthdays

1831 – Mary Elizabeth Mapes Dodge, an influential American writer, children’s author, and children’s magazine editor. Best known for her novel Hans Brinker, she was the recognized leader in juvenile literature for almost a third of the 19th century and persuaded many of the world’s top writers of the world to contribute to her children’sContinue reading “January 26 Writer Birthdays”

January 25 Writer Birthdays

1225 – Thomas Aquinas, influential Italian writer, professor, theologian, friar, and Dominican scholastic philosopher of the Catholic Church who tried to synthesize Aristotelian philosophy with the principles of Christianity; he was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology; much of modern philosophy has either developed or opposed his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics,Continue reading “January 25 Writer Birthdays”

Photo Friday: Before and After

I have new built-in bookcases in my family room! When we bought the house, the fireplace wall was already surrounded by bookcases and cabinets. But you can never have enough bookshelves. Or, at least, I can never have enough bookshelves. I called on my excellent furniture architect Iain, and he designed and built more ofContinue reading “Photo Friday: Before and After”

January 24 Writer Birthdays

1776 – E.T.A. Hoffmann, German Romantic author whose novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was adapted into the ballet The Nutcracker. 1862 – Edith Wharton, American novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and designer who drew upon her insider’s knowledge of the upper class New York “aristocracy” to realistically portray the lives and morals of theContinue reading “January 24 Writer Birthdays”

College Craziness, Part…whatever

Just when you think it’s over…it’s not. Did I mention that the college application process never seems to end? My son thought he was finished when he submitted his final application, this one to James Madison University. And then he received an email about having to apply separately to the music department and to setContinue reading “College Craziness, Part…whatever”

January 23 Writer Birthdays

1729 – Clara Reeve, English writer, translator, and novelist best known for the Gothic novel The Old English Baron and an innovative history of prose fiction The Progress of Romance; her first work was a translation from Latin, then an unusual language for a woman to learn. 1783 – Stendahl (pen name for Marie-Henri Beyle),Continue reading “January 23 Writer Birthdays”