Photo Friday: World’s Largest Rocking Chair

Thanks to pandemic-related lockdowns, most of us are stuck at home and probably sitting a lot more than usual. And that puts me in mind of a chair. This is not just any chair. This Missouri landmark was the world’s largest rocking chair. The last time I took a road trip to a conference inContinue reading “Photo Friday: World’s Largest Rocking Chair”

April 15 Writer Birthdays

1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian inventor, designer, writer, scientist, painter, sculptor, cartographer, and “Renaissance man”; he has been called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. 1843 – Henry James, American-born British novelist, playwright, short-story writer, and literary critic who is consideredContinue reading “April 15 Writer Birthdays”

April 14 Writer Birthdays

0216 – Mani, Babylonian writer, prophet, theologian, and religious leader who founded Manichaeism; six of his major works were written in Syriac, with the seventh in Middle Persian. 1126 – Ibn Rushd (often Latinized as Averroes), Muslim Andalusian philosopher and judge who wrote about philosophy, theology, medicine, astronomy, physics, psychology, mathematics, Islamic jurisprudence and law,Continue reading “April 14 Writer Birthdays”

April 13 Writer Birthdays

953 – Al-Karaji, Persian mathematician and engineer who pioneered the theory of algebraic calculus and wrote groundbreaking works on mathematics. 1743 – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President and author of some of the most influential documents in American history, including the Declaration of Independence, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and A Summary View of theContinue reading “April 13 Writer Birthdays”

April 12 Writer Birthdays

1573 – Jacques Bonfrère, Belgian professor, Jesuit priest, Biblical scholar, and leading commentator on the Old Testament. 1823 – Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky, Russian realistic playwright said to have “almost single-handedly created a Russian national repertoire.” His dramas are among the most widely read and performed plays in Russia. 1904 – Francis Claud Cockburn, Chinese-born Anglo-ScotsContinue reading “April 12 Writer Birthdays”

April 11 Writer Birthdays

1492 – Marguerite de Navarre, writer, poet, playwright, salon leader, princess of France, and Queen consort of Navarre; as an author and patron of humanists and reformers, she was a key figure of the French Renaissance and was once called “The First Modern Woman.” 1883 – Camille Marbo (real name Marguerite Appell Borel), French writerContinue reading “April 11 Writer Birthdays”

Photo Friday: Along the Arno

When in doubt, look to Italy. If that’s not my motto, well, it should be. I was stumped for a photo to post today, so once again I’m turning to my favorite country, the country of my ancestors. This is from Florence, which, in addition to being in my favorite country, is pretty much myContinue reading “Photo Friday: Along the Arno”

April 10 Writer Birthdays

1778 – William Hazlitt, English writer, drama, literary critic, painter, social commentator, and philosopher. 1835 – Henry Villard, German-born American journalist, financier, and railroad president. 1847 – Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-born American newspaper publisher; the Pulitzer Prize is named after him. 1867 – George William Russell, Irish poet, theosophist, artist, and political activist. 1890 – MaryContinue reading “April 10 Writer Birthdays”

April 9 Writer Birthdays

1821 – Charles Baudelaire, French poet, essayist, and art critic; translator of Edgar Allan Poe; his name inspired Lemony Snicket’s choice of family name for the Baudelaire children in the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books. 1865 – Adela Florence Nicolson, English poet who wrote under the pseudonym Laurence Hope. 1875 – Jacques Futrelle, AmericanContinue reading “April 9 Writer Birthdays”

April 8 Writer Birthdays

1869 – Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon and author of a Pulitzer prize-winning biography of Sir William Osler. 1880 – Margherita Sarfatti, Italian journalist, author, biographer, art critic, patron, collector, socialite, and propaganda adviser to the National Fascist Party; she was Benito Mussolini’s biographer as well as one of his mistresses. 1886 – Margaret Ayer Barnes,Continue reading “April 8 Writer Birthdays”