February 19 Writer Birthdays

1869 – Hovhannes Tumanyan, Armenian poet, writer, translator, literary critic, journalist, and public activist who is considered the national poet of Armenia; his work was mostly realistic, focusing on everyday life. 1896 – André Robert Breton, French writer, poet, and anti-fascist who was one of the founders of the Surrealist movement. 1902 – Kay Boyle,Continue reading “February 19 Writer Birthdays”

Month of Letters, Days 15, 16, and 17

On Saturday, Feb. 15, I mailed a Postcrossing card to Steyer, Germany. Steyer is along the Rhine River, a little south of Mannheim. The card showed an illustration (below) of historic sites in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area. Days 16 and 17 were easy. Feb. 16 was Sunday, and the following day was the George WashingtonContinue reading “Month of Letters, Days 15, 16, and 17”

February 18 Writer Birthdays

1855 – Jean Jules Jusserand, Pulitzer Prize-winning French scholar of history and Medieval English literature, author, and Ambassador to the U.S. during World War I; Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., features a memorial to him. 1883 – Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek writer and philosopher, best known for his novel Zorba the Greek. 1909 – Wallace Stegner, Pulitzer Prize-winningContinue reading “February 18 Writer Birthdays”

February 17 Writer Birthdays

1836 – Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (born Gustavo Adolfo Claudio Domínguez Bastida), Spanish Romanticist poet, short-story author, playwright, literary columnist, and artist; one of the most important figures in Spanish literature, he is considered the most-read Spanish writer after Cervantes. 1864 – Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson, Australian bush poet, journalist, and author who wrote many balladsContinue reading “February 17 Writer Birthdays”

February 16 Writer Birthdays

1927 – Luísa Dacosta (born Marie Louise Pinto Saraiva dos Santos), Portuguese short story writer, poet, and anthologist. 1927 – David Bryon Davis, American historian and authority on slavery and abolition in the Western world. 1927 – Shahidullah Kaiser, Bangladeshi novelist and writer. 1944 – Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, best known for hisContinue reading “February 16 Writer Birthdays”

February 15 Writer Birthdays

1564 – Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, mathematician, and writer who played a major role in the Renaissance’s scientific revolution; called the “father of observational astronomy,” the “father of modern physics,” and the “father of science,” he is known for confirming the phases of Venus, discovering the four largest satellites of Jupiter (theContinue reading “February 15 Writer Birthdays”

Photo Friday: The Eyes of Abe

This week, in honor of it being Presidents’ Day weekend, I offer a photo I took a few years ago at Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota. I was set to attend a conference in Salt Lake City and convinced my husband (my son needed no convincing) that we should all go, and make it aContinue reading “Photo Friday: The Eyes of Abe”

The College Admissions Process Continues….

Last weekend, for the third week in a row, we visited yet another college campus. This time, it was James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It’s not the best-known or most prestigious of the schools Jon Morgan has applied to, but it is a strong university overall, and it has an excellent music department, withContinue reading “The College Admissions Process Continues….”

February 14 Writer Birthdays

1404 – Leon Battista Alberti, Italian Renaissance humanist author, playwright, poet, artist, architect, priest, linguist, philosopher, mathematician, musicologist, and cryptographer. 1818 – Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) American writer, orator, memoirist, social reformer, abolitionist, women’s suffragist, and statesman who escaped from slavery to became a leader of the abolitionist movement; hedescribed his experiencesContinue reading “February 14 Writer Birthdays”