This is f----ed up! What is he thinking? Is that what people watch on their living-room-wall-size tv's? Brian Williams: “We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” Williams said. "I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen, ‘I am guided by the... Continue Reading →
It's the birthday of John Steinbeck. See The Writer's Almanac for Feb. 27 for more details. In Chapter 17 of The Grapes of Wrath, he wrote The cars of the migrant people crawled out of the side roads onto the great cross-country highway, and they took the migrant way to the West. In the daylight... Continue Reading →
From today's Writer's Almanac It's the birthday of Judy Blume, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (1938), the best-selling author of more than two dozen books for young people. She was 27 years old, with two preschool-aged children, when she began writing seriously. For two years, she received constant rejections. Then in 1970, she had her... Continue Reading →
Where: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., New Haven Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection Celebrated for his powerful and carefully crafted poems, Komunyakaa has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the... Continue Reading →
Today is the birthday of the man known as "The O. Henry of Harlem," American poet Langston Hughes (1902). In 1926, he was working as a busboy at a hotel in New York City when the poet Vachel Lindsay arrived for dinner. Hughes placed some poems under Lindsay's dinner plate. Intrigued, Lindsay read them and... Continue Reading →
Today is the birthday of Colette who said "Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."
Today's New York Times reports that after the Asian nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, announced that preparations for testing an intercontinental ballistic missile were in their “final stage,” President-elect Donald J. Trump responded on Twitter, writing: “It won’t happen!” What right does he have to say things that might provoke and enrage a world leader and... Continue Reading →
To celebrate American Archive Month in October, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has released a collection of images, including this shot of a cluster of stars 20,000 light years from Earth. The blue and green shows cosmic haze where clouds form; x-rays are shown in purple.
"... The compromise involved Democrats who controlled the House of Representatives allowing the decision of the Electoral Commission to take effect. The outgoing president, Republican Ulysses S. Grant, removed the soldiers from Florida. As president, Hayes removed the remaining troops from South Carolina and Louisiana. As soon as the troops left, many white Republicans... Continue Reading →
Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, making it clear that his top priority will be preventing crises and promoting peace, Edith M. Lederer of The Associated Press reports. "As Guterres begins his five-year term facing conflicts from Syria and Yemen to South Sudan and Libya and global crises... Continue Reading →
Sunday, January 1, 2017 "To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing." ~ Pamela Haines, Philadelphia Quaker I get these great inspirational emails from paceebene.org. Check them out. They're good for a lot more than inspirational quotes, too.
Feb. 27 is the birthday of writer John Steinbeck, whose great novel of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath, gives an eloquent and sympathetic voice to the dispossessed. In 1962, Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” You can watch him deliver... Continue Reading →
Keen photographers have the ability to elevate the ordinary into stunning imagery and photographer Loes Heerink has done just that with her series about the street vendors of Hanoi. Waking up at 4 am, the vendors—often female migrant workers—pack their bicycles to the brim with fresh flowers and fruit, walking miles throughout the course of the... Continue Reading →
Reality Check: So the New York Times, one of the oldest newspapers in the world, is telling its readers that "Mr. Trump promised to dismantle parts of the government and certain legislation if elected." They're creating a list of things Trump said during his campaign and feeding it to their readers to ponder. Seriously? Why?... Continue Reading →
By James McAuley, September 27, 2016 PARIS — Shakespeare and Company, the small, crumbling bookshop on Paris’s Left Bank, may be the most famous bookstore in the world. It was the first place to publish the entirety of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” when no one else would, and for decades it has been an informal living... Continue Reading →
Isn't one of the government's responsibilities to keep their people safe? It's ironic I think that we seem to be so often at odds with the very powers that are supposed to keep us safe, fighting their actions that jeopardize the peace we work so hard to maintain.
From a spark to a flame. Was it a spark that caused all this? The Sun? The suns beyond our own? Or two sticks being rubbed together By two gods somewhere out there, or two worshipers -- Beyond our solar system, beyond our galaxy, Beyond what we call the universe -- somewhere some say it... Continue Reading →
I read ""Writing Without Teachers," by Peter Elbow in college. One of the things he talks about is how a daily freewriting exercise can free the writer's mind to write better. It involved writing for at least ten minutes and not stopping even to think of the next word you're going to write. Not thinking... Continue Reading →
I learned about this work from a Twitter post #Pebbles - a story of refugees in stones by Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr. What gorgeous work from sculptor Nizar Ali Badr. If you have problems reading French, please visit the link at the bottom of this blog post and copy and paste into translate.google.com and... Continue Reading →
It’s the birthday of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who said, “I’ve always been convinced that my true profession is that of journalist.” That’s Gabriel García Márquez, born in Aracataca, Colombia, on this day in 1927. He’s the author of one of the most important books in Latin American literature, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967).... Continue Reading →