December 11 Writer Birthdays

1725 – George Mason, American planter, politician, statesman, writer, and delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, one of three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution. His writings, including substantial portions of the Fairfax Resolves of 1774 and his Objections to this Constitution of Government, have greatly influenced American political thought; he is calledContinue reading “December 11 Writer Birthdays”

Winter (Concert) Is Coming

The T.C. Williams H.S. Orchestra concert is coming! Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., we will all be in the high school auditorium to hear the three orchestras (9th Grade, Concert, and Chamber) perform the music they’ve been working on this fall. My son is a first violinist in the Chamber Orchestra, but on one piece, he’llContinue reading “Winter (Concert) Is Coming”

December 10 Writer Birthdays

1783 – Maria Benitez, Puerto Rican poet. 1830 – Emily Dickinson, beloved and prolific American poet, most of whose work was not discovered until after her death. 1891 – Nelly Sachs, Nobel Prize-winning Jewish German poet and playwright who escaped to Sweden to avoid being sent to a forced-labor camp; in her work, she gave voice to the suffering ofContinue reading “December 10 Writer Birthdays”

December 9 Writer Birthdays

1608 – John Milton, English epic poet who penned Paradise Lost. 1848 – Joel Chandler Harris, American journalist, fiction writer, and folklorist; collector and reteller of the African-American folktales that became known as the Uncle Remus stories. 1899 – Jean de Brunhoff, French author of children’s books, best known for creating Babar the Elephant. 1899 – Leonie Fuller, U.S. Poet Laureate.Continue reading “December 9 Writer Birthdays”

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”