Note to self: carpe diem!
Today is Beatrix Potter’s birthday!
It is also the anniversary of the day that Thomas Cromwell, Chancellor of the Exchequer, was put to death in 1540. Cromwell was condemned to death without trial and beheaded on Tower Hill on the day of the King’s marriage to Catherine Howard. We will have to wait for Hilary Mantel’s third book in her Cromwell trilogy to learn all about this depressing turn of history…
In the meantime, have you heard that there is a new book of short stories and essays by Shirley Jackson coming out soon? Well, there is.
“For the first time, this collection showcases Shirley Jackson’s radically different modes of writing side by side. Together they show her to be a magnificent storyteller, a sharp, sly humorist, and a powerful feminist.” Please. Shirley Jackson never would have characterized herself as a “powerful feminist”–she was just a brilliant woman who managed to do what she wanted, supported by an appreciative husband. Sheesh.
I will probably check this book out as I am a big fan of Shirley Jackson. At least it is her children who have put this collection together and are presumably benefiting from it. I will not be buying Go Set a Watchman by poor old Harper Lee. I had a bad feeling about that one from the beginning. Someone’s making a boatload of money and it isn’t Harper Lee, who I have no doubt, never wanted this manuscript published.
Well, I am heading to a conference at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa today.
I broke my rule about never flying anywhere, where in order to get there, I have to change planes. It’s a long plane ride to Birmingham (via Tampa) and then a drive to Tuscaloosa. But carpe diem! Hopefully I will learn something new. And you gotta love a school with a raging elephant for its mascot!
Happy third anniversary to the boy and daughter #3 who tied the knot on this day in 2012. Seems like yesterday!
I won’t be back until very late on Thursday night, so I will probably be off the blogosphere grid for the rest of the week. Have a good one!
O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve us as we travel; surround us with your loving care; protect us from every danger; and bring us in safety to our journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP)