April 8 Writer Birthdays

1869 – Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon and author of a Pulitzer prize-winning biography of Sir William Osler. 1880 – Margherita Sarfatti, Italian journalist, author, biographer, art critic, patron, collector, socialite, and propaganda adviser to the National Fascist Party; she was Benito Mussolini’s biographer as well as one of his mistresses. 1886 – Margaret Ayer Barnes,Continue reading “April 8 Writer Birthdays”

April 7 Writer Birthdays

1770 – William Wordsworth, revered English poet considered one of the founders of the Romantic movement. 1803 – Flora Tristan, socialist writer, activist, and one of the founders of modern feminism; grandmother to painter Paul Gauguin. 1889 – Gabriela Mistral, pseudonym of Chilean poet and feminist Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, first Latin American to win theContinue reading “April 7 Writer Birthdays”

April 6 Writer Birthdays

1892 – Lowell Thomas, American writer, broadcaster, and traveler who is best known as the man who made Lawrence of Arabia famous. 1901 – Marian Hemar Ukrainian-born Polish poet, journalist, playwright, comedy writer, and songwriter who was born Marian Hescheles and also used the pen names Jan Marianski and Marian Wallenrod. 1917 – Leonora Carrington,Continue reading “April 6 Writer Birthdays”

April 5 Writer Birthdays

1588 – Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher, physicist, and historian who laid the foundations of western political philosophy. 1837 – Algernon Charles Swinburne, English lyric poet, playwright, novelist, and contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. 1856 – Booker T. Washington, author, educator, orator, Tuskegee Institute founder, activist, and African-American leader who was born into slavery and wasContinue reading “April 5 Writer Birthdays”

Fasten Your Seatbelts; It’s Going To Be a Bumpy Time

A few days ago, I did not personally know a single person with a confirmed case of COVID19. Now I know a half-dozen people, all over the country. And we are still in the early stages of this. Yesterday the government reversed its earlier advice, recommending that we wear face masks in public (just theContinue reading “Fasten Your Seatbelts; It’s Going To Be a Bumpy Time”

April 4 Writer Birthdays

1785 – Bettina von Arnim (born Elisabeth Catharina Ludovica Magdalena Brentano), German countess who was a writer, novelist, publisher, composer, singer, illustrator, social activist, and salonnière; the archetype of the Romantic era’s zeitgeist, she was well known for the company she kept, numbering among her closest friends Goethe and Beethoven. As a composer, her styleContinue reading “April 4 Writer Birthdays”

Another Update From the Land of Social Distancing

Just before our statewide lockdown was announced, I drove to Michael’s to pick up a framing job. I was anticipating the stay-home order and figured if I didn’t take it home right away, it might be there for months. The framing job was my teenage son’s third-degree black belt certificate for taekwondo. While I waitedContinue reading “Another Update From the Land of Social Distancing”

Photo Friday: Eagle’s Nest

This week on one of our daily walks, we took the path at Dyke Marsh, a wetlands area on the edge of the Potomac River and spotted several eagles. Westerners are always surprised to hear that we have a bald eagle population right here in the Washington, D.C., area. This one was sitting in theContinue reading “Photo Friday: Eagle’s Nest”

April 3 Writer Birthdays

1593 – George Herbert, Welsh poet, orator, and priest who was a key figure in devotional lyrics; he is also associated with metaphysical poetry. 1783 – Washington Irving, influential American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat, best known for his short stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” 1837 – John Burroughs,Continue reading “April 3 Writer Birthdays”

Neighborhood Controversy

I had an unpleasant conversation on a neighborhood listserve recently, and I can’t seem to let it go. Someone posted that there was a petition for keeping the local farmer’s markets open during the pandemic. The state has classified them in the same category as restaurants, which are closed, rather than grocery stores, which areContinue reading “Neighborhood Controversy”