November 17 Writer Birthdays

1587 – Joost van Den Vondel, German-born Dutch poet and playwright whose play Lucifer may have inspired John Milton’s Paradise Lost. 1785 – Julia Kristina Nyberg (née Svärdström), award-winning Swedish poet and song writer who wrote poetry inspired by nature, often under the pseudonym Euphrosyne. 1809 – Lady Elizabeth Eastlake (born Elizabeth Rigby), British artContinue reading “November 17 Writer Birthdays”

Blog Like Crazy: Wrapping Up the Month

The Blog Like Crazy challenge ends tonight. For the month of November, participants vowed to post a blog entry of at least 300 words each day. I did manage to post every day. In fact, most days I posted more than one entry, if you count my writer birthday lists. And many of my entriesContinue reading “Blog Like Crazy: Wrapping Up the Month”

Journaling 2: These Dreams

A couple days ago I pulled out an old journal I kept, back in November and December 1998, and I posted on this blog about the entries I found there. One surprise for me was just how often I recounted my dreams in the journal. I’ve always been someone who has strange and vivid dreams.Continue reading “Journaling 2: These Dreams”

Happy Birthday, Blog!

One year ago today, my blog debuted on this platform. I’d been writing a blog for years, but it was on a different site, and the host company had become increasingly difficult to work with, so it was time for a change. Here’s a link to my very first entry on this site. So, whatContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Blog!”

Revisiting an Old Journal, 22 Years Later

I have kept journals for decades. Mostly I write in them, though I also go through periods when I draw as well. Most of my old journals are still in boxes (I moved last year and am still working out where to keep things). But I have a dozen or so of them out andContinue reading “Revisiting an Old Journal, 22 Years Later”

Postcards From the World: A Dutch Castle

I haven’t shared a Postcrossing card with you lately, though I continue to receive them — some beautiful, some interesting, and some just plain bizarre. (But that’s OK. I like bizarre.) Postcrossing is a site that connects people through postcards. Membership is close to 800,000 members in 208 countries, so members send and receive cardsContinue reading “Postcards From the World: A Dutch Castle”

Thanksgiving Turkey, Pizza, and Arlo Guthrie

Happy Thanksgiving! We had our quiet meal at home with just the three of us, knowing it’s the safest choice in the middle of a pandemic, with cases of the virus skyrocketing around the country. But at least the food was good. It seem so inefficient to cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all theContinue reading “Thanksgiving Turkey, Pizza, and Arlo Guthrie”

Memories of Thanksgivings Past

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and it will be a quiet one at my house: just my husband, our son, and me. On one hand, we’ve all just tested negative for the virus again, we’re all healthy, and we will have a nice meal. Many people have lost their jobs or taken a reduction in income duringContinue reading “Memories of Thanksgivings Past”

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 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 first PolishContinue reading “November 23 Writer Birthdays”

There and Back Again: College Edition

In a dorm room on a hill, there lived a student. Not a nasty, dirty, wet dorm room, filled with empty beer cans and an oozy dirty-laundry smell, nor yet a lovely, well-decorated, sparkling clean dorm room with nothing in it to sit down on and no chocolate to eat; it was my son’s dormContinue reading “There and Back Again: College Edition”