November 29th–A Very Good Day

Three wonderful authors, for whose work I am very thankful, were born on this date. Any of their books would make lovely Christmas presents. 1. C.S. Lewis Lewis is the best writer and the most profound thinker of the three, the one whose work will stand the test of time. I predict that Mere Christianity, […]

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Poetry Friday: David McCord

Posted by Sherry on 11/14/2013 in --December, --November, Birthdays, General, Poets and poetry |

Children’s poet David McCord was born on November 15 (or December 15 or 17), 1897 in New York City. (Most internet sources say December 15th or just 1897.) He grew up in New Jersey and Oregon, and went to school at Harvard, where he later worked as a fundraiser for the Harvard College Fund. He […]

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Edith Schaeffer, 1914-2013

Edith Schaeffer, wife of theologian and Christian apologist Francis Schaeffer, and an author and teacher in her own right, died today and went to be with the Lord. I knew her through her books, some of which were and are my favorites. I’ve read and enjoyed the ones in boldface. 1969. L’Abri. 1971. The Hidden […]


Saturday Review of Books: November 26, 2011

Posted by Sherry on 11/26/2011 in --November, Birthdays, Saturday Reviews |

““A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly’, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” ~~Madeleine L’Engle Madeleine L’Engle has a birthday this week, November 29th. In fact November 29 is also the birthday of two other favorite authors: C.S. Lewis […]


The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

I’ve decided that on Mondays I’m going to revisit the books I read for a course in college called Advanced Reading Survey, taught by the eminent scholar and lovable professor, Dr. Huff. I’m not going to re-read all the books and poems I read for that course, probably more than fifty, but I am going […]


Christmas with Mark Twain, c.1897

Posted by Sherry on 11/30/2009 in --November, Birthdays, Celebrations, Christmas, General |

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835. “The approach of Christmas brings harrassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes; they put in three weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes […]


C.S. Lewis on Christmas

Posted by Sherry on 11/29/2009 in --November, 1931, Birthdays, Christian History, Christian Life, General |

Clive Staples Lewis was born November 29, 1898. On Christmas Day 1931, C.S. Lewis joined the Anglican Church and took communion. “The White Witch? Who is she? “Why, it is she that has got all Narnia under her thumb. It’s she that makes it always winter and never Christmas; think of that!” “How awful!” said […]


Madeleine L’Engle Favorites

Madeleine L’Engle was born November 29, 1918. Favorite adult novel by Madeleine L’Engle: The Love Letters Second favorite adult novel: The Severed Wasp Third favorite adult novel: Certain Women. Semicolon review here. Favorite Young Adult novel: The Small Rain. Semicolon review here. Favorite of the Time Quartet books: A Swiftly Tilting Planet Favorite male characters: […]


Christmas in Concord, Massachusetts, 1863

Posted by Sherry on 11/29/2009 in --November, Birthdays, Celebrations, Children's Fiction, Christmas, General |

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. “It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress. “I don’t think it’s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at […]


Carol’s Meme for November 29th

Posted by Sherry on 11/29/2008 in --November, Birthdays, Celebrations, General |

I just found Carol Magistramater’s meme from last year for the November 29th birthday of three of my favorite authors. 1. What was the first [Alcott, Lewis, L’Engle] book you read? Alcott: Little Women, probably. I was in a play based on the first few chapters of the book when I was in fifth grade. […]

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