Boston or Busk

In my role as high-school orchestra parent/roadie/groupie, I often accompany groups of violin-toting teenagers as they perform in various venues. One of the activities of the T.C. Williams High School orchestra is busking. Don’t know what it means to busk? Here’s a definition: busk1 /bəsk/ verb 1. perform music or other entertainment in the streetContinue reading “Boston or Busk”

December 8 Writer Birthdays

65BC – Horace, Roman satirist & lyric poet. 1832 – Björnstjerne Björnson, Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist. 1862 – Georges Feydeau, Belle Epoque playwright and a forerunner of absurdist theater. 1881 – Padraic Colum, Irish poet, novelist and dramatist who was a leading figure of the Irish literary revival. 1894 – James Thurber, author, journalist and cartoonist; especially known for workContinue reading “December 8 Writer Birthdays”

Let the Judging Begin…

Yesterday was the Northern Virginia PTA Reflections deadline. In other words, it was the day when Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax’s top entries in the annual PTA preK-12 student art contest to be advanced to the Northern Virginia contest to compete at the District level. The PTA Reflections contest is multi-tiered. A student enters the contestContinue reading “Let the Judging Begin…”

December 7 Writer Birthdays

1872 – Johan Huizinga, Dutch historian and linguist who is considered one of the founders of modern cultural history. 1873 – Willa Cather, American author known for her novels of frontier life, like O Pioneers! and My Ántonia. 1878 – Akiko Yosano (与謝野 晶子), the pen-name of Hô Shô, a Japanese author, poet, pioneering feminist,Continue reading “December 7 Writer Birthdays”

December 6 Writer Birthdays

1478 – Baldassare Castiglione (Count of Casatico), a prominent Italian Renaissance author who was also a courtier, diplomat, and soldier. 1721 – James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, orthographer, and English-language grammarian. 1884 – Cornelia Meigs, American children’s author of fiction and biography, best known for her 1933 biography of Louisa May Alcott, Invincible Louisa; in additionContinue reading “December 6 Writer Birthdays”

December 5 Writer Birthdays

1830 – Christina Rossetti, English writer of romantic and children’s poems, best known for her long poem Goblin Market. 1872 – Vir Singh (Punjabi: ਭਾਈ ਵੀਰ ਸਿੰਘ ), Indian poet, scholar, and theologian who was a key figure in the movement for the revival of Punjabi literary tradition. 1886 – Rose Wilder Lane, American journalist,Continue reading “December 5 Writer Birthdays”

December 4 Writer Birthdays

1795 – Thomas Carlyle, Victorian-era Scottish satirical writer and historian. 1817 – Prince Nikoloz “Tato” Baratashvili (Georgian: ნიკოლოზ “ტატო” ბარათაშვილი), Georgian poet credited with combining modern nationalism with European Romanticism to introduce “Europeanism” into Georgian literature; often referred to as the “Georgian Byron.” 1822 – Frances Power Cobbe, Victorian-era Irish author, essayist, and activist whoContinue 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”

College Craziness

Help! It’s college application time. My son tends to wait until the last possible moment to get his applications in, which is increasing the stress levels associated with this whole process. And the stress levels, in any case, are high. So many applications (and application fees) to pay. So many requirements to fulfill, essays toContinue reading “College Craziness”