February 12 Writer Birthdays

1809 – Charles Darwin, English naturalist, biologist, and geologist whose On the Origin of Species advanced the theory of natural selection and became the foundation for the science of evolution. 1828 – George Meredith, English novelist and poet who was nominated seven times for the Nobel Prize. 1893 – Fred Albert Shannon, Pulitzer Prize-winning AmericanContinue reading “February 12 Writer Birthdays”

Month of Letters, Day 11

It is Tuesday, February 11, also known as the eleventh day of the Month of Letters challenge (fondly known as “LetterMo.” Today I sent three cards and letters: A Valentine’s Day card to my mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. A Get Well Soon card to my father in California. A birthday card and letter to myContinue reading “Month of Letters, Day 11”

Month of Letters, Day 10

On Monday, February 10, the tenth day of the Month of Letters challenge to send at least one piece of mail each day in February, I sent two Postcrossing cards: To China, a superhero robot card. To The Netherlands, a card with a reproduction of the cover of an old pulp fiction book called Musk,Continue reading “Month of Letters, Day 10”

February 11 Writer Birthdays

1783 – Jarena Lee – first female African-American autobiographer and first female African-American ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 1802 – Lydia Maria Child, political-rights activist for the cause of women, slaves, and American Indians; also a novelist and poet; she is best known for the poem used as the lyrics to the song, “Over theContinue reading “February 11 Writer Birthdays”

February 10 Writer Birthdays

1775 – Charles Lamb, English essayist, poet, and historian, best known for Tales from Shakespeare, co-authored with his sister Mary Lamb. 1868 – William Allen White, American author, biographer, newspaper editor, and politician who was a leader of the Progressive movement. 1890 – Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist, poet, and translator who is best known forContinue reading “February 10 Writer Birthdays”

Month of Letters, Day 8 (and Day 9)

On Saturday, February 8, I mailed just one letter for the LetterMo (Month of Letters) challenge. This one was a letter sent to another LetterMo participant, this one in Pennsylvania. I was traveling (on yet another college visit) and sent it from a hotel mailbox in Harrisonburg, Virginia. No breathtaking scenes, clever pictures, or quirkyContinue reading “Month of Letters, Day 8 (and Day 9)”

Postcards From the World, Part 4

Here is my favorite of the recent postcards I’ve received from Postcrossers around the world. This one is from the Netherlands. For more information on Postcrossing, see my earlier posts on the subject: Postcards From the World, Part 3 Postcards From the World, Part 2 Postcards From the World The 5000 Club

February 9 Writer Birthdays

1737 – Thomas Paine, English-born American writer, essayist, opinion journalist, politician, philosopher, and political activist known for Enlightenment Era ideals; his pamphlet Common Sense and other writings helped inspire the American Revolution. 1783 – Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet, translator, linguist, and literary critic. 1863 – Anthony Hope, English author and playwright best known for hisContinue reading “February 9 Writer Birthdays”

College Craziness, Boston-Style

Last weekend we took a quick road trip to Boston for yet another college visit. Jon Morgan made the first cut at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and was invited up for an interview and portfolio review. He’s applying as a Composition major, not a Performance major, so he did not have to audition on pianoContinue reading “College Craziness, Boston-Style”