June 24 Writer Birthdays

1542 – John of the Cross, Spanish monk, mystical philosopher, poet, and saint. 1790 – Helena Sophia Ekblom, Swedish religious writer and preacher also known as Predikare-Lena (Preacher-Lena) and Vita jungfrun (The White Maiden); after spending time in a mental institution, she wrote a book of the religious revelations she had there. 1801 – CarolineContinue reading “June 24 Writer Birthdays”

June 21 Writer Birthdays

1839 – Joaquim Maria Machado (often known as Machado de Assis, Machado, or Bruxo do Cosme Velho), Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright, short story writer, and advocate of monarchism; he is widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature. 1850 – Daniel Carter Beard, American author and illustrator who was active in early scouting andContinue reading “June 21 Writer Birthdays”

June 20 Writer Birthdays

1743 – Anna Laetitia Barbauld, British poet, essayist, children’s book writer, and abolitionist; her work “Eighteen Hundred and Eleven,” a virulent attack in heroic couplets on the folly of continuing the war against France, predicted Britain’s decline and the United States’ eventual emergence as a superpower, and was widely criticized as unpatriotic; the outcry causedContinue reading “June 20 Writer Birthdays”

Photo Friday: Father’s Day

In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, here is a photo of my own dad, seen here with my son. This was taken three years ago in South Carolina. My husband, son, and I traveled there to visit my sister Sue, while my father and stepmother joined us from California. We were supposed to getContinue reading “Photo Friday: Father’s Day”

June 19 Writer Birthdays

1623 – Blaise Pascal, French child prodigy who grew up to be a writer, mathematician, physicist, inventor, and Catholic theologian; he made important contributions to the study of fluids, clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum, and wrote in defense of the scientific method. 1861 – Jose Rizal, journalist, fiction author, poet, and revolutionary whoContinue reading “June 19 Writer Birthdays”

June 17 Writer Birthdays

1797 – Alexandre Vinet, Swiss literary critic and theologian who advocated for religious freedom and the separation of church and state. 1867 – Henry Lawson, Australian poet and short-story writer. 1871 – James Weldon Johnson, American author, poet, educator, civil-rights activist, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and NAACP leader. 1880 – Carl Van Vechten, American music andContinue reading “June 17 Writer Birthdays”

June 16 Writer Birthdays

1723 – Adam Smith, Scottish economist, author, and philosopher who is considered the Father of Economics; he is best known for his work The Wealth of Nations. 1880 – Alice Ann Bailey, English writer of books on theosophical and spiritual subjects who was one of the first writers to use the term New Age; sheContinue reading “June 16 Writer Birthdays”

June 15 Writer Birthdays

1763 – Kobayashi Issawas, Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest who is regarded as one of Japan’s four haiku masters (The Great Four); he is better known by his pen name Issa, which means Cup of Tea. 1835 – Adah Isaacs Menken, American poet, essayist, and painter. and poet who was also the highest-earning actressContinue reading “June 15 Writer Birthdays”

June 14 Writer Birthdays

1811 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, American abolitionist and author, known for the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 1899 – Yasunari Kawabata, Nobel Prize-winning Japanese novelist and short-story writer. 1904 – Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer, documentary photographer, and autobiographer. 1923 – Anne Judith Kerr, German-born British writer and illustrator of children’s picture books and teen novels. 1928Continue reading “June 14 Writer Birthdays”