November 23 Writer Birthdays

1798 – Klementyna Hoffmanowa, Polish novelist, children’s author, translator, magazine editor, and teacher who was one of the first Polish writers for children and the first known woman in Poland to support herself from writing and teaching; her best known work, the book The Diary of Countess Francoise Krasinska, is considered one of the firstContinue reading “November 23 Writer Birthdays”

Postcards From the World: Mother of Lighthouses

Today I am spotlighting a postcard that arrived here yesterday from a Postcrosser named Siriku in Helsinki, Finland. The moody, dramatic photo shows Bengtskär Lighthouse, which Siriku says has a very stormy history involving treacherous waters and a World War II battle with the Soviets. According to the lighthouse’s own website, “Bengtskär is the mother,Continue reading “Postcards From the World: Mother of Lighthouses”

November 22 Writer Birthdays

1819 – George Eliot (pseudonym for Mary Anne Evans) English novelist who was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era; she used her real name for her work as a journalist, editor, and critic. Her book Middlemarch has been called the greatest novel in the English language. 1869 – André Gide, Nobel Prize-winningContinue reading “November 22 Writer Birthdays”

November 21 Writer Birthdays

1631- Catharina Questiers, Dutch writer, poet, and playwright who was among the most successful Dutch poets of the second half of the 17th century; her brother David was also a poet. 1694 – Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet, prolific French Enlightenment writer, historian, poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, history writer, science writer, pamphleteer, and philosopher;Continue reading “November 21 Writer Birthdays”

Speaking for the Trees

I am totally not a gardener. But I did some gardening today, mostly under the direction of my gardening husband. (We call him “Farmer Bob”). Alexandria’s goal is to achieve a 40% tree canopy cover by 2035. To that end, the city holds a Fall Native Plant Sale each year, with reasonable prices on variousContinue reading “Speaking for the Trees”

November 20 Writer Birthdays

1752 – Thomas Chatterton, English poet of the Romantic era who typified a commitment to the life of imagination; referring to Chatterton’s suicide at the age of 17, poet William Wordsworth described him as, “the marvellous Boy, The sleepless Soul that perished in his pride.” 1858 – Selma Lagerlöf, Nobel Prize-winning Swedish author and teacher;Continue reading “November 20 Writer Birthdays”


My college student is coming home tonight for Thanksgiving break. His roommate’s parents went down this evening to pick up both of them. Bob or I will drive them both back to campus at the end of the break. He’s a sophomore and is having a much, much better year than last year. Freshman yearContinue reading “Homecoming”

November 19 Writer Birthdays

1659 – Jacques Louis Valon (Marquis de Mimeure), French writer, poet, translator, linguist, and soldier. 1704 – Richard Pococke, Irish writer, archaeologist, Egyptologist, travel writer, anthropologist, and Anglican bishop; he is best known for his travel writings and diaries. 1781 – Anna Jane Vardill (also called by her married name Anna Niven, and by herContinue reading “November 19 Writer Birthdays”

November 18 Writer Birthdays

1611 – Andreas Tscherning, German writer, poet, translator, university teacher, hymn writer, and literary theorist. 1752 – Peter Harboe Frimann (often known as P.H. Frimann), Norwegian and Danish poet and writer. 1768 – José Marchena Ruiz de Cueto (also known as Abate Marchena), Spanish author, writer, poet, translator, journalist, professor, and literary critic. 1777 –Continue reading “November 18 Writer Birthdays”