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I'm Back!

July 20th, 2019 (06:45 pm)
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Finally, finally, finally, I am able to get into my LiveJournal account. It's been defunct for months, and every time I've contacted LJ to get it fixed, I was told there was nothing wrong with it. (Of course, I've been paying for the service all this time, but also could not get into my account to switch to the free version.)

I'm not sure why it's suddenly working, but it might be that I'm using a different browser.

What a relief.

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Spring Is Coming

February 2nd, 2019 (12:41 pm)

Sorry, Starks. This time, spring is coming. Punxatawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, for a change. So at least one little groundhog is expecting an early spring.

Thank you, Phil!

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White Privilege

January 31st, 2019 (01:19 pm)

A few days ago I was driving down I-395, and was mystified when a State Trooper pulled me over. I knew I hadn't been speeding. As it turned out, my registration was not up to date. As soon as the trooper said so, I remembered what had happened. When the materials had come in the mail, we were planning to move before the due date. I didn't want to have to change the address so quickly, so I hung onto it, figuring I'd mail it in after we moved to the new address. And then we pushed our move ahead by a month or two, and I forgot all about the registration.

I pulled my license from my purse, and then reached for the glove compartment for my old registration. It wasn't until after I'd opened it that I realized what a luxury it was to be able to pull open the compartment without a second thought. If I were a black man instead of a white woman, I would first have to say something like, "The registration card is in there. Now I am going to slowly open the glove compartment to pull it out for you. Is that all right?"

And a black man in my situation would still have to wonder if he was about to be dragged from the car and arrested. Or beaten.

Don't get me wrong. I have no reason to think this particular trooper was racist, or violent, or a bad person. But if you're not white, you have to keep that possibility in mind all the time, and prepare for it. It's hard to imagine living with that level of fear and rage, all the time, every day.

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January 20 Writer Birthdays

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January 20 Writer Birthdays


  • 1719 - Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer best known for his work The Travels of Anarchis the Younger in Greece.

  • 1804 - Eugène Sue, French author whose novel Mathilde contains the first recorded use of the phrase, "Revenge is a dish best served cold."

  • 1806 - Nathaniel Parker Willis (also known as N. P. Willis), American author, poet, and editor who worked with iconic American writers including Poe and Longfellow.

  • 1873 - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, Nobel Prize-winning Danish author.

  • 1883 - Forrest Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, author, and Harriet Beecher Stowe biographer.

  • 1908 - Jean S. Macleid, prolific British romance novelist who also wrote as Catherine Airlie.

  • 1925 - Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet, politician, and Catholic priest who founded a primitivistic art colony.

  • 1930 - Blair Lent, Caldecott Medal-winning American children's author and illustrator.

  • 1944 - William Henry Jackson Griffith, American cartoonist who signs his work Bill Griffith or Griffy, and is best known for the comic strip "Zippy"; he is credited with originating the popular catchphrase, "Are we having fun yet?"

  • 1945 - Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning American short-story writer and novelist.

  • 1948 - Nancy Kress, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American science-fiction author, columnist, and educator.

  • 1948 - Natan Sharansky,Soviet-born Israeli politician, author, autobiographer, and human-rights activist who was sent to prison in the Soviet Union for allegedly spying for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

  • 1956 - Bill Maher, controversial American comedian, political commentator, television personality, and author.

  • 1959 - Tami Hoag, bestselling American author of romance and thriller novels.

  • 1959 - R.A. Salvatore, American author of bestselling fantasy and science fiction books, known for his "Forgotten Realms" and "Star Wars" books.

  • 1964 - Fareed Zakaria, Indian-American journalist and author.

  • 1967 - Alexander Ahndoril, Swedish novelist and playwright who has also written crime novels with his wife, Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, under the joint pen name Lars Kepler.

    Wilson - Crusader in CrinolineKress - Probability MoonButler - They WhisperHoag - Keeping CompanySalvatore - Siege of Darkness

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    January 16 Writer Birthdays


    Today is my son's 17th birthday. It would be a bit of a stretch, but you could call him a published author. When he was 6, he entered a contest for Kids' Letters to President Obama. He was one of the winners, and had his letter appear in the book of that name. If you ever come across the book, look for his letter on page 34. He's the one who offered to teach the President of the United States how to bowl.

    And now, I'll move on to the list of writers who share his birthday.


    January 16 Writer Birthdays

    • 1749 - Vittorio Alfieri, Italian Count who was a dramatist and poet; considered the founder of Italian tragedy.

    • 1874 - Robert W. Service, British-Canadian poet known as the "Bard of the Yukon."

    • 1882 - Margaret Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.

    • 1901 - Laura Riding, American poet, critic, novelist, and essayist who lived with poet Robert Graves.

    • 1918 - Stirling Silliphant, Oscar-winning screenwriter.

    • 1923 - Anthony Hecht, American poet whose work often focused on WW2 & the Holocaust.

    • 1928 - William Kennedy, novelist, and journalist who often wrote about a fictional Irish-American family.

    • 1932 - Dian Fossey, American zoologist who studied & wrote about gorillas in Rwanda.

    • 1933 - Susan Sontag, writer, filmmaker, activist, and literary icon.

    • 1947 - Kate McMullan, prolific author of children's picture books, nonfiction books, and young-adult books who often collaborates with her husband, illustrator Jim McMullan. She has also written joke books under the name Katy Hall, and the "Dragon Slayers' Academy" series under the name K.H. McMullan.

    • 1947 - Magdalen Nabb, British author of detective novels.

    • 1948 - Ruth Reichl, American food writer, editor, memoirist, and TV food-show producer.

    • 1952 - Julie Anne Peters, author of young-adult fiction.

    • 1955 - Mary Karr, American poet, essayist, and bestselling memoirist.

    • 1958 - Marla Frazee, children's book author and illustrator; 2-time Caldecott Honoree.

    • 1968 - Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of children's and young-adult books.

    • 1970 - Garth Ennis, Northern Irish comic book writer.


      Wilson - The Able McLaughlinsFrazee - Boss BabyKennedy - IronweedStead - When You Reach Me

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      January 14 Writer Birthdays


      January 14 Writer Birthdays


      • 1875 - Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Prize-winning French theologian, writer, organist, philosopher, and physician whose name has become synonymous with humanitarianism.

      • 1882 - Hendrik Willem Van Loon, Dutch-American historian, journalist, and children's book writer, known for his world history for children, The Story of Mankind, which 1n 1922 won the first Newbery Award.

      • 1886 - Hugh Lofting, 896 - John Dos Passos, American novelist and artist, known for his USA Trilogy.

      • 1905 - Emily Hahn, prolific American journalist and author, considered an early feminist and called "a forgotten American literary treasure" by The New Yorker magazine, she wrote 54 books and more than 200 articles and short stories.

      • 1919 - Andy Rooney, author, journalist, and television personality, best known for his "A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney" segments on the CBS newsmagazine show 60 Minutes.

      • 1921 - Kenneth Bulmer, prolific British author, best known for his science fiction, but who also wrote realistic fiction, military fiction, sea stories, and magazine articles; he also wrote under many pseudonyms, including Alan Burt Akers, Ken Blake, Ernest Corley, Arthur Frazier, Adam Hardy, Philip Kent, Bruno Krauss, Neil Langholm, Manning Norvil, Charles R. Pike, Dray Prescot, Andrew Quiller, Richard Silver, Tully Zetford, and Rupert Clinton.

      • 1925 - Yukio Mishima, pen name of Japanese author and poet Kimitake Hiraoka, known for his avant-garde writing as well as his ritual suicide.

      • 1926 - Tom Tryon, American actor and author of science fiction, horror, and mystery novels and screenplays.

      • 1947 - Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, historian, and Martin Luther King Jr. biographer who wrote about the Civil Rights movement.

      • 1948 - John Lescroart, American author of legal and crime thriller novels.

      • 1949 - Mary Robison, American novelist and short-story writer.

      • 1950 - Arthur Byron Cover, American book author and short-story writer whose work is in the science-fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.1952 - Maureen Dowd, American author and New York Times columnist.

      • 1957 - Anchee Min, Chinese-American author of fiction and memoirs.

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        January 12 Writer Birthdays

        January 12 Writer Birthdays

        • 1628 - Charles Perrault, French author and member of the Académie française who collected pre-existing folk tales to lay the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale.

        • 1874 - Laura Adams Armer, Newbery Medal-winning American artist, author, and photographer.

        • 1876 - Jack London, American journalist, activist, and author of adventure fiction, best known for his Alaskan gold-rush novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang.

        • 1945 - Nancy Pearl, the author and actual librarian who was the model for the Librarian Action Figure.

        • 1948 - William Nicholson, Oscar-nominated British screenwriter, playwright, and author of fiction and science fiction.

        • 1949 - Haruki Murakami, bestselling Japanese writer of fiction and nonfiction, and translator of English works into Japanese.

        • 1952 - Walter Mosley, American writer of crime fiction, known for the Easy Rawlins series set in Los Angeles.

        • 1954 - Sharon Lechter, American accountant, author, businesswoman, investor, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and appointee to the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy.

        • 1957 - Celia S. Friedman, American speculative fiction author and former costume designer.

        • 1969 - David Mitchell, English novelist, recently well known for his 2004 novel Cloud Atlas.

        • 1972 - Lê Thị Diễm Thúy, Vietnamese poet, novelist, and performer.

        • 1973 - A. Lee Martinez, American fantasy and science-fiction author.


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          January 9 Writer Birthdays

          January 9 Writer Birthdays

          • 1728 - Thomas Warton, critic and poet who became British Poet Laureate.

          • 1790 - Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish romantic poet.

          • 1811 - Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer and humorist whose family claimed descent from Thomas Becket.

          • 1829 - Thomas William Robertson, English playwright.

          • 1832 - Félix-Gabriel Marchand, journalist, author, and politician who was Premier of Quebec.

          • 1856 - Anton Aškerc, ethnic Slovene poet and Roman Catholic priest who worked in Austria, best known for his epic poems.

          • 1856 - Lizette Woodworth Reese, American writer, poet, and teacher.

          • 1857 - Henry B Fuller, American novelist and short-story writer.

          • 1859 - Carrie Chapman Catt, American writer and activist who was a leader in the women's suffrage movement and founder of the League of Women Voters.

          • 1859 - Frederik Pijper, Dutch vicar, editor, critic, and church historian.

          • 1873 - Hayyim Nahman Bialik, influential Estonian-born Jewish poet who was one of the pioneers of modern Hebrew poetry; Israel's national poet.

          • 1876 - Hans Bethge, German poet and editor who also wrote diaries, travelogues, short stories, essays, and plays; he is best known for poetic translations of Chinese classics.

          • 1881 - Giovanni Papini, Italian journalist, essayist, literary critic, poet, and novelist.

          • 1881 - Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet and literary critic

          • 1890 - Karel Capek, Czech writer, playwright, dramatist, essayist, publisher, literary reviewer, photographer, and art critic, best known for his science fiction; he is credited with coining the word "robot."

          • 1890 - Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist and writer.

          • 1891 - August Gailit, Estonian writer of poetry and novels; he co-founded a literary group whose erotic poems were considered scandalous; his novels sometimes dealt with political and social issues.

          • 1897 - Karl Löwith, German philosopher.

          • 1908 - Simone de Beauvoir, French feminist author and essayist.

          • 1920 - Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar.

          • 1921 - Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright

          • 1925 - Abdelhamid Benhadugah, Arab writer who wrote more than fifteen novels in Arabic as well as short stories and plays; he has been described as one of the most important Algerian writers in Arabic of his time.

          • 1928 - Judith Krantz, bestselling American author of romance novels.

          • 1929 - Heiner Müller, German dramatist, poet, writer, essayist, and theatre director.

          • 1929 - Brian Friel, Irish dramatist often called the "Irish Chekhov."

          • 1931 - Algirdas Jonas Budrys, Prussian author of science fiction.

          • 1933 - Sonia Garmers, Antillean author of novels, stories, children's books, and cookbooks.

          • 1933 - Wilbur Smith, Zambian-born novelist specializing in historical fiction about Southern Africa, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families

          • 1936 - Anne Rivers Siddons, American writer of bestselling fiction, mostly set in the southern United States.

          • 1937 - Klaus Schlesinger, German novelist and journalist.

          • 1943 - Robert Drewe, Australian novelist, short-story writer, and nonfiction writer.

          • 1954 - Thorvald Steen, Norwegian novelist, playwright, poet, children's author, short story writer, and essayist.


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          January 5 Writer Birthdays

          January 5th, 2019 (10:00 am)

          January 5 Writer Birthdays

          • 1846 - Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Nobel Prize-winning German philosopher.

          • 1902 - Stella Gibbons, English novelist best known for her debut work, Cold Comfort Farm.

          • 1926 - W.D. Snodgrass, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who is considered one of the founders of the "confessional" movement in American poetry, though he objected to the name; he sometimes used the pseudonym S.S. Gardons.

          • 1932 - Umberto Eco, Italian novelist and essayist best known for his first novel, The Name of the Rose.

          • 1941 - Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese author, manga writer, film animation artist, screenwriter, and film director.

          • 1942 - Terenci Moix (real name Ramon Moix i Meseguer), Spanish Catalan writer who wrote in both Spanish and in Catalan; he is brother of poet/novelist Anna Maria Moix.

          • 1942 - Michael Wilding, British-born Australian writer, novelist, critic, and professor.

          • 1954 - László Krasznahorkai, Hungarian novelist and screenwriter who is known for critically difficult, demanding modernist novels with dystopian and melancholic themes.

          • 1961 - Isabel Gemio Cardoso, Spanish journalist and radio and television presenter; she was married to Cuban sculptor Nilo Manrique.

          • 1978 - Seanan McGuire, American urban fantasy author known for her October Daye series.

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          It's Almost Ready!

          January 3rd, 2019 (10:53 pm)

          Way back in November I wrote that we were buying a house. I suppose it's time for an update.

          I laugh now to read in that post that we planned to move in sometime in November. We're about two months off schedule now, but are currently arranging for movers. So it should actually happen in a few weeks, probably late January. Setting up the painting and other work took way longer than anticipated. In fact, some of it is still not set up. I wanted cabinets added near the kitchen, but the kitchen designer who finally came to measure has not gotten back to me with a quote. Apparently she got sick and has not been working.

          The painting has also taken longer than anticipated, but it's not the painters' fault. In fact, they've been great. As it turned out, the painting contractor is qualified to do a lot of the electrical and plumbing jobs we wanted done. So he and his crew have been coming to the house for weeks now, and are almost finished with what we're calling Phase 1. A few jobs we decided weren't as high priority have been moved to Phase 2 and will be completed later in the month.

          And did I mention how relieved I am to walk into two of the bathrooms and not feel like I'm drowning in a whirlpool of dramatically ugly wallpaper? All gone.

          As for the new cabinets across from the kitchen, now that I have a better idea of what I want, helped by my discussion with the cabinet designer, I may just go to Home Depot and get them there. Paul the Painter and his crew can install them. And on Monday, a rep from a closet company is coming over to plan out some work in the master bedroom, where I'm adding some storage under the eaves.

          Today we talked to a guy from a moving company about getting a quote for moving. We have an appointment with another company set up for tomorrow. So we may have an exact moving date soon.

          Overall, things are moving along, and the house is looking great! I hope to take new photos soon, now that a lot of the interior work done.

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          January 2 Writer Birthdays

          January 2 Writer Birthdays


          • 1814 - Luise Mühlbach, pen name of Clara Mundt, German writer best known for her popular works of historical fiction.

          • 1828 - Elizabeth Rundle Charles, prolific English writer of poems, stories, biography, and religious books, and translator of hymns.

          • 1873 - Saint Thérèse of Lisieux – French Roman Catholic nun best known for her The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.

          • 1920 - Isaac Asimov, Russian-born American biochemistry professor and author, known for his science fiction but also prolific in mystery, fantasy, and popular science writing; he first coined the word robot. He also enjoyed writing off-color poetry and once published a volume called Lecherous Limericks.

          • 1921 - Jan Slepian, American author of poetry, as well as books for children and young adults; she was also a psychologist.

          • 1931 - Zakaria Tamer (زكريا تامر‎, also transliterated Zakariya Tamir or Zakariyyā Tāmir), Syrian short-story writer, children's author, journalist, satirist, newspaper columnist, and editor who is one of the most important and widely read and translated short-story writers in the Arab world.

          • 1933 - Seiichi Morimura (森村 誠), Japanese novelist and author, best known for the controversial The Devil's Gluttony, which revealed atrocities committed by a unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).

          • 1937 - Chandrashekhara Kambara, prominent Indian poet, playwright, folklorist, and film director, known for effective adaptation of the North Karnataka dialect of the Kannada language in his plays and poems, and for his use of folklore and mythology interlinked with contemporary issues.

          • 1940 - Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling American author of mystery, historical fiction, and memoir.

          • 1945 - Diane Mary Fahey, award-winning Australian poet and literary mystery novelist; much of her work focuses on nature writing, Greek myths, visual art, and fairy tales.

          • 1949 - Christopher Ferdinand Durang, American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy.

          • 1951 - André Aciman, Egyptian-born novelist, memoirist, and professor of literature.

          • 1956 - Lynda Barry, American cartoonist, writer, and professor.

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          January 1 Writer Birthdays

          January 1 Writer Birthdays

          • 1768 – Maria Edgeworth, prolific Irish writer of adults' and children's literature; she was a pioneer in realistic writing for children and an influential figure in the evolution of the novel.

          • 1839 – Ouida, pseudonym of prolific English novelist Maria Louise Ramé.

          • 1854 – Sir James George Frazer, Scottish social anthropologist who studied mythology and comparative religion and is considered one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology.

          • 1873 – Marija Jurić, Croatian journalist, novelist, and dramatist who wrote under the pen name Zagorka; she was the first female journalist in Croatia.

          • 1879 – Edward Morgan "E.M." Forster, British novelist best known for his book, A Passage to India.

          • 1903 – Jasimuddin Mollah (Bengali: জসীমউদ্দীন), Bengali poet, songwriter, prose writer, folklore collector, and radio personality who is known in Bangladesh as The Rural Poet for his faithful use of Bengali folklore in his work.

          • 1919 – Jerome David "J. D." Salinger, American author, best known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye and his reclusive nature.

          • 1921 – Isma’il Raji al-Faruqi, Palestinian philosopher best known for Al-Tawhid: Its Implications for Thought and Life.

          • 1933 – John Kingsley ("Joe") Orton, controversial English playwright and author of scandalous black comedies.

          • 1943 – Drauzio Varella, Brazilian physician, educator, scientist, and bestselling author known for popular writing about science and public commentary on government and social welfare.

          • 1949 – Olivia Goldsmith, American author, best known for her novel  The First Wives Club; she was born Randy Goldfield, but changed her name to Justine Goldfield and later to Justine Rendal.

          • 1952 – René de Ceccatty, French novelist, essayist, and literary translator.

          • 1960 – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a Lebanese American essayist, scholar, statistician, and bestselling author whose work focuses on problems of randomness and probability; the Sunday Times called his book The Black Swan one of the twelve most influential books since World War II.

          • 1964 – Simon Lehna Singh, British author who writes popular books about math and science.

          • 1975 – Eiichiro Oda (尾田 栄一郎), Japanese manga artist.

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