There are no easy answers, there’s only living through the questions.
Happy birthday, Elizabeth George! The American writer is most well known for her mystery series featuring Detective Inspector Thomas “Tommy” Lynley (who just happens to be an earl as well). She introduced him to readers in A Great Deliverence, which won the Agatha Award in 1988 for Best First Novel.
Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.
~W.E.B. Du Bois
American civil rights activist and writer W. E. B. Du Bois (born February 23, 1868) impressed his teachers as a child. They encouraged him to pursue his studies, and through them, Du Bois realized he could use knowledge to empower his fellow African Americans. When he couldn’t afford to continue his education, the congregation of his childhood church raised the money to send him to college.
It’s lovely loving, isn’t it? In fact, I find it almost better, because being loved sometimes embarrasses me, but loving is a gift.
Sheila Hancock (born February 22, 1933) already had a successful career as an actress when book publisher Bloomsbury approached her about writing fiction. Comparing her attempts to the Brontë sisters led to a brief period of self-doubt, but she eventually published her debut novel, Miss Carter’s War, in 2014.
Make it a Great Day!
We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
Happy birthday, Chuck Palahniuk! The American writer partially based Project Mayhem (a cult-like organization in his 1996 novel Fight Club) on a real rebellious group called Cacophony Society. Palahniuk is a member and a regular participant in their events.
C’mon everyone! There has to besomethingyou’d like to ask or want to know!
I know most of us usually don’t ask complete strangers trivial things but I love trial things and in the sidebar on this website there’s a little bio of me so I’m not a stranger anymore. Now I’m an acquaintance so feel free to ask away!
Think of me like Jill the Encyclopedia!I know Wikipedia has things pretty much covered but in this age of technology, I wanted to try something different. I want to engage with you. And I thought the best way was through asking questions. Now I know I said it can be trivial (which it absolutely can) but you can also ask questions about me! I am going to try to get the ball rolling here. I’m going to ask youa question. Don’t worry, I promise it won’t be hard…
Happy birthday, Toni Morrison! The American novelist was born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in 1931—and then received the baptismal name “Anthony” when she joined the Catholic church in 1943. The latter because the basis for her nickname, “Toni.”
I know all those words, but that sentence makes no sense to me.
Happy birthday, Matt Groening! The Simpsons creator did not find success overnight. After moving to Los Angeles to make it as a writer, he instead found himself washing dishes at a nursing home, bussing tables, and landscaping at a sewage treatment plant. The experience led him to create his self-published comic book, Life in Hell.
And also don’t forget, the reason opportunity is often missed is that it usually comes disguised as hard work.
February 14, 1971: On this day, Clifford Irving claimed he received a call from notoriously reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, agreeing to collaborate on an authorized biogrophy. The American writer used this story to secure a six-figure advance from his editors. But in reality? It was all a hoax. Instead of talking with Hughes, Irving had been enjoying Valentine’s Day in Oaxaca, Mexico with his Danish pop star girlfriend, Nina van Pallandt.
P. Dusenheimer, standing in the door of his uninviting groggery, when the trains stopped for water, never received from the traveling public any patronage except facetious remarks upon his personal appearance. – Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, The Gilded Age, 1873
A volleyball court seemed to occupy the confectioner’s shop, the confectioner was nearly on top of the bridal shop, and the bridal shop had insinuated itself into the groggery next door. – Lawrence Millman, “The Bay Islands,” Islands, February, 1994
Groggery is an Americanism formed on the basis of the word grog meaning “a strong alcoholic drink.” It entered English in the early 1800s.
I am not interested in being original. I am interested in being true.
~Agostinho da Silva
Portuguese philosopher Agostinho da Silva (born February 13, 1906) was a man of mystery. In 1935, he worked as a high school teacher, but was discharged for refusing to sign a statement promising zero participation in secret organizations. Apparently, that was not a promise da Silva could keep.