Literary April

About ten years ago, while pretending to get computerized, I started collecting literary birthdays and publication dates for my stepdaughter, who was teaching high school English at the time. Cutting and pasting, editing and adding dates and so on, were supposed to help me learn word processing. Obviously, that is still a work in progress. And so is the calendar, which I’ve kept nibbling at all this time, though I’m not entirely sure why — as an obsessive way to avoid real work, perhaps. Along the way, I’ve also incorporated birthdays and such for songwriters and scientists, and bits of poems, proverbs, song lyrics, and quotes in some way associated with a certain month or season, at least in my mind. Someday, I may learn to upload relevant portraits and illustrations. Someday, proper layout and formatting, with quotes and poems nicely indented, authors’ names highlighted, days of the month in a larger font, and other glitzy features may even happen. A fully searchable data base for all this stuff would be great too, but I’m not holding my breath. I’m having fun adding Youtube videos though, with some good ones here if the links keep working. In fairness to readers I should wait until this is more presentable before posting it, but realistically I may never live that long! Ready or not, here’s what I’ve got.

– LLF, 26 December, 2011


APRIL FOOL’S DAY – This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.

– Mark Twain

– [Jean Anthelme[ Brillat-Savarin French lawyer, gastronome, author; The Physiology of Taste (1825) 1755-1826
– Edmond [Alexis] Rostand French dramatist, poet; play Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) 1868-1918
– Augusta Baker Baltimore-born librarian, storyteller, writer 1911-1998
– Anne McCaffrey US-born Irish fantasy/science fiction novelist; Dragonriders of Pern series 1926-2011
– William Faulkner’s novel The Hamlet is published in 1940.
– Samuel R. [Ray] Delany Harlem-born science fiction writer; Nebula, Hugo, Pilgrim Awards 1942-
– Jimmy Cliff (born James Chambers) Jamaican reggae musician, songwriter; “Many Rivers to Cross”, “The Harder They Come” 1948-

– Gil [Gilbert] Scott-Heron Chicago-born jazz poet, singer, songwriter; “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” 1949-2011

– Hans Christian Andersen Danish writer of over 160 fairy tales; The Little Mermaid 1805-1875

– Emile Zola French writer, insurgent; political tract J’Accuse 1840-1902
– George MacDonald Fraser British historical novelist; Flashman series 1925-2008
– Emmylou Harris Alabama-born folk/country singer, songwriter 1947-

– George Herbert Wales English metaphysical poet 1593-1633
– Washington Irving New York-born writer; Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1783-1859

– Edward Everett Hale Boston-born minister, editor, writer; “The Man Without a Country” (1863) 1822-1909
– John Burroughs New York-born naturalist, conservation essayist 1837-1921
– Henry R. [Robinson] Luce China-born US magazine publisher; founded Time, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated 1898-1967
– Tony [Anthony Neil Wedgwood] Benn London-born Labour politician, activist, diarist; Arguments for Socialism (1979), Free Radical: New Century Essays (2004) 1925-2014

– Jane Goodall London-born primatologist;pioneering study of chimpanzees 1934-
– Richard Thompson English folk/rock guitarist, singer, songwriter; “Devonside”, “Wall of Death” 1949-

– Rémy de Gourmont French novelist, critic; an apologist for symbolists, in Le Livre des masques (1896) 1858-1915
– Edith Södergran Finnish Swedish-language poet 1892-1923
– Robert E. [Emmett] Sherwood New York-born playwright, historian, member Algonquin round table, FDR speechwriter; Pulitzers for: Idiot’s Delight (1936), Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1939), There Shall Be No Night (1940), Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History (1948); screenplay for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 1896-1955
– Marguerite Duras Vietnam-born French novelist, screenwriter; film Hiroshima Mon Amor (1959) 1914-1996
– Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) Mississippi-born Chicago blues musician, songwriter; “Rollin’ Stone” 1913-1983 [perhaps born in 1915]

– Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Johnson) Missouri-born novelist, poet, dramatist; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 1928-2014

– Prominent civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in 1968.

– thomas Hobbes English philosopher, political theorist; Leviathan 1588-1679
– Algernon Charles Swinburne British poet; Poems and Ballads, member Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 1837-1909

– Booker T. Washington (born Booker Taliaferro) Virginia-born essayist, autobiographer, educator; Up From Slavery (1901) 1856-1915
– Robert [Albert] Bloch (aka Collier Young) Chicago-born horror, suspense novelist; Psycho (1960) 1917-1994
– Arthur Hailey Englishborn Canadian popular novelist; Hotel (1965), Airport (1968) 1920-2004
– Beat poet Allen Ginsberg dies in New York in 1997.

I have seen the lady April bringing the daffodils, Bringing the springing grass and the soft warm April rain.

– John Macefield

– Merle Haggard California-born country singer, songwriter; “Okie from Muskogee” 1937-2016
– Peerless science and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov dies in 1992.

– William Wordsworth English romantic poet; “Intimations of Immortality”, “The Daffodils” 1770-1850

– William Ellery Channing Rhode Island-born author, clergyman; helped found Unitarian church 1780-1842
– Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan) Philadelphia-born blues, jazz singer, songwriter; “God Bless the Child” 1915-1959

– “Yip” [Edgar Yipsel] Harburg New York City-born Lyricist; “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” “April in Paris” (1932), “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (1939) 1888-1981

– John Fante Denver-born novelist, screenwriter; Walk on the Wild Side 1911-1983
– Seymour M. Hersh Chicago-born investigative journalist; he broke the My Lai massacre story during the Vietnam War 1937-

– Barbara Kingsolver Annapolis-born novelist; The Bean Trees (1988), Animal Dreams (1990), The Poisonwood Bible (1998) 1955-

– Charles-Pierre Baudelaire French poet, essayist, art critic 1821-1867

– Mark Twain receives his Mississippi riverboat pilot’s license in 1859.
– Tom [Thomas Andrew] Lehrer New York City-born mathematician, singer, songwriter; “Who’s Next”, “The Elements” 1928-

– Paule B. Marshall Brooklyn-born novelist, short story writer; explores psychological concerns of black women 1929-
– Carl [Lee] Perkins Tennessee-born pioneering rockabilly guitarist, singer, songwriter; “Blue Suede Shoes” 1932-1998

– Folk singer Phil Ochs dies in 1976 [death by suicide].

– William Hazlitt English critic, essayist; plain, vigorous style 1778-1830
– Lew [Lewis] Wallace Indiana-born Union general, politician, novelist; Ben-Hur (1880) 1827-1905
– Joseph Pulitzer Hungarian-born US publisher, journalist; established Pulitzer prizes 1847-1911
– George William Russell (aka AE) Irish poet, editor, painter 1867-1935
– Claire Boothe Luce New York-born journalist, playwright, conservative politician 1903-1987
– O’Henry’s famous short story “The Gift of the Magi” is published in 1906.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is published in 1925.

– David Halberstam New York City-born journalist, historian; The Best and the Brightest 1934-2007
– Paul [Edward] Theroux Massachusetts-born travel writer,, novelist; The Pillars of Hercules (1995), novel The Mosquito Coast (1982) 1941-
– Novelist Evelyn Waugh dies in 1966.
– Poet Michael Dorris is found dead by suicide in New Hampshire in 1997.

Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth

– Geoffrey Chaucer

– Glenway Wescott Wisconsin-born expatriate novelist, essayist 1901-1987
– Leo Rosten Polish-born US writer; The Joys of Yiddish (1968) 1908-1997
– Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dies in 2007.

– Florence [Patton] Reece Tennessee-born poet, songwriter, social activist; powerful union hymn “Which Side Are You On?” 1900-1986

{And folks keep updating this great song as we face new struggles.}

– Beverly Cleary Oregon-born Children’s writer; Ramona series, Newbury for Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983) 1916-
– Jack Gelber Chicago-born playwright; The Connection (1959) 1932-2003
– F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel Tender is the Night is published in 1934.
– Alan Ayckbourn English prolific playwright 1939-
– Tom Clancy Baltimore-born novelist; The Hunt for Red October (1984), Patriot Games 1947-2013
– Scott Turow Chicago-born attorney, mystery novelist; Presumed Innocent (1987) 1949-

– Thomas Jefferson Virginia-born US president, inventor, lawyer, architect, gardener, writer; drafted Declaration of Independence (1776) 1743-1826

– Nella Larsen Chicago-born Harlem Renaissance novelist 1891-1964
– Marguerite Henry Milwaukee-born children’s author; Misty of Chincoteague (1947), Newbury for King of the Wind (1948) 1902-1997
– Samuel [Barclay] Beckett Irish playwright, novelist; Waiting for Godot (1952), 1969 Nobel 1906-1989
– Eudora [Alice] Welty Mississippi-born southern writer; 1972 Pulitzer for The Optimist’s Daughter 1909-2001

– Seamus Heaney Irish poet; 1995 Nobel 1939-2013

– Christopher [Eric] Hitchens English-born journalist, polemicist; God Is Not Great (2007)1949-2011

– Writer and editorWallace Stegner dies in Santa Fe in 1993.

– Noah Webster’s first American Dictionary is published in 1828.
– James Branch Cabell Richmond Virginia-born novelist 1879-1958
– Arnold [Joseph] Toynbee British historian; 12-volume A Study of History (1934-1961) 1889-1975
– John Steinbeck’s defining novel of the Great Depression The Grapes of Wrath is published in 1939.

– Leonardo da Vinci Italian painter, sculptor, engineer, designer, poet 1452-1519 [old calender birth date]
– Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language is published in 1755.
– Henry James New York-born expatriate novelist; The American (1877), The Europeans (1878), Daisy Miller (1879), The Portrait of a Lady (1881); brother of philosopher William James 1843-1916
– Abraham Lincoln dies, the first US president to be assassinated, in 1865.

– Waverley [Lewis] Root Rhode Island-born journalist, food writer; The Food of France (1958) 1903-1982
– Marcella [Polini] Hazan Italian chef, cookbook author; The Classic Italian Cook Book: … (1973) 1924-2013
– Jeffrey Archer English politician, author 1940-

April, April,
Laugh thy girlish laughter,
But, the moment after,
Weep thy golden tears!

– William Watson

– Anatole France (born Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault) French novelist, poet, political satirist,; 1921 Nobel 1844-1924
– J. M. [John Millington] Synge Irish playwright; Playboy of the Western World 1871-1909
– Gertrude Chandler Warner Connecticut-born teacher, children’s author; Boxcar Children series 1890-1979
– Garth [Montgomery] Williams New York City-born classic children’s book illustrator; Charlotte’s Web, Little House series 1912-1996
– Kingsley [William] Amis British novelist, poet, short story writer; Lucky Jim (1954), 1986 Booker Prize 1922-1995
– So Big author Edna Ferber dies in New York in 1968.
– The Invisible Man author Ralph Ellison dies in New York City in 1994.

– Benjamin Franklin dies in 1790.
– C. P. [Constantine Peter] Cavafy (aka Konstantinos Patrou Kabaphes) Alexandria-born Greek poet 1863-1933

– Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen) Danish writer, traveller; Out of Africa (1937) 1885-1962
– Thornton [Niven] Wilder Wisconsin-born playwright, novelist; Pulitzers for: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1928), Our Town (1937), The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) 1897-1975
– Cynthia Ozick New York City-born novelist, essayist 1928-
– Renowned Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies in Mexico in 2014

– George Henry Lewes English philosopher, literary critic; encouraged his lover George Eliot’s writing 1817-1878
– Richard Harding Davis Philadelphia-born journalist, adventure novelist; pioneering war correspondent of the Spanish-American War 1864-1916

– Sarah Kemble Knight Boston-born New England diarist 1666-1727
– English poet Lord Byron dies in Greece in 1824.

– Naturalist Charles Darwin dies in 1882.
– Etheridge Knight Mississippi-born poet; Poems from Prison (1968) 1931-1991
– Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot opens on Broadway in 1956.

– Marcus Aurelius [Antoninus] Roman philosopher, humane emperor; The Meditations 121-180
– The first performance in English (and directed by women!) of Henrik Ibsen’s drama Hedda Gabler premieres in london in 1891.

– [Julian] Michel Leiris French surrealist writer, anthropologist, autobiographer 1901-1990

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

– T. S. Eliot

– Charlotte Bronte (aka Currer Ellis) English novelist; Jane Eyre (1847) 1816-1855

– Josh Billings (born Henry Wheeler Shaw) Massachusetts-born auctioneer, realtor, humorist 1818-1885
– john muir Scottish-born US naturalist 1838-1914
– Preeminant American author Mark Twain dies in 1910.
– Alistair MacLean Glasgow-born thriller novelist; Where Eagles Dare (1967) 1922-1987
– John [Clifford] Mortimer London-born barrister, screenwriter, novelist; Rumpole of the Bailey (1978) 1923-2009

– Elaine May (born Elaine Berlin) Philadelphia-born comedienne, writer, director;A New Leaf, wrote Heaven Can Wait, adapted The Birdcage 1932-

– Thomas A. McMahon Ohio-born biomechanics professor, novelist 1943-1999
– Kolo Omotoso Nigerian playwright, novelist 1943-
– Barbara [Lynne] Park New Jersey-born children’s writer; Junie B. Jones series 1947-
– Matchless English folk singer Sandy Denny dies in 1978.

– Henry Fielding English novelist, playwright; Joseph Andrews (1742), Tom Jones(1749) 1707-1754
– Ellen [Anderson Gholson] Glasgow Virginia-born novelist of unsentimental Virginia social history; Pulitzer for In This Our Life (1941) 1874-1945
– James Norman Hall Iowa-born novelist, essayist;with war buddy Charles Nordhoff, wrote Mutiny on the Bounty (1932) 1887-1951

– Paula Fox New York City-born novelist; Newbury for The Slave Dancer (1973) 1923-
– Louise [Elisabeth] Glück New York City-born poet; Pulitzer for Wild Iris (1992) 1942-

– William Shakespeare English poet, dramatist; Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello 1564-1616

– Great writers Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare both die in 1616.
– Max Planck German physicist, quantum theory pioneer; “On the Law of Distribution of Energy in the Normal Spectrum” (1901) 1858-1947
– Edwin Markham Oregon-born poet 1852-1940

– [Edith] Ngaio Marsh New Zealand-born mystery novelist; Inspector Roderick Alleyn series 1899-1982
– Vladimir [Vladimirovich] Nabokov Russia-born US novelist, poet, translator, butterfly collector; Lolita (1955), Ada (1969) 1899-1977
– Halldor Laxness Icelandic novelist; 1955 Nobel 1902-1998
– Poet Rupert Brook dies in Greece during World War I in 1915.
– J. P. [James Patrick] Donleavy Brooklyn-born Irish novelist, playwright; Ginger Man 1926-
– Roy [Kelton] Orbison Texas-born rock singer, songwriter; “Oh, Pretty Woman”, “Only the Lonely”, “Blue Bayou” 1936-1988

– Victoria Glendinning Yorkshire-born literary critic, biographer; Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West 1937-
– Charles [Richard] Johnson Illinois-born novelist, short story writer, cartoonist, reporter; NBA for Middle Passage (1990 )1948-
– Michael [Francis] Moore Michigan-born documentary filmmaker, activist, author; Dude, Where’s My Country? (2003) 1954-

– Daniel Defoe (born Daniel Foe) English journalist, essayist, pamphleteer, novelist; Robinson Crusoe (1719), Moll Flanders (1722) 1659-1731 [birth year and date are uncertain]
– Robert Bailey Thomas Massachusetts-born founding editor of The Farmer’s Almanac 1766-1846
– “La Marseillaise”, the national anthem of France, is written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792.

– The US Library of Congress is established in 1800.
– Anthony Trollope English novelist 1815-1882
– Elizabeth Goudge English novelist, playwright 1900-1984
– Robert Penn Warren Kentucky-born poet, critic, novelist; 3 Pulitzers, first US poet laureate, novel All the King’s Men (1946), Poems: … (1957), Now and Then (1978) 1905-1989

– George Oppen New York-born objectivist poet, political activist 1908-1984
– Sue [Taylor] Grafton Louisville-born mystery writer; detective Kinsey Millhone, A Is for Alibi series 1940-2017
– Novelist Willa Cather dies in New York in 1947.

– Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe is published in 1719.
– Walter De La Mare English poet, essayist, novelist, accountant 1873-1956

– Edward R. [Egbert Roscoe] Murrow North Carolina-born journalist, broadcast news pioneer; hosted See It Now 1908-1965
– J. [Jay] Anthony Lukas (aka Walter Ramal) New York City-born writer, journalist; 2 Pulitzers for investigative reporting 1933-1997
– Padgett Powell Florida-born Southern novelist; Edisto (1984) 1952-

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress’d in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play

– William Shakespeare

– David Hume Scottish philosopher, historian 1711-1776 [old calender birth date]
– Maud Hart Lovelace Minnesota-born children’s writer; Betsy-Tacy series 1892-1980
– A. H. [Abraham Henry] Raskin Canada-born US journalist; New York Times labor writer 1911-1993
– Bernard Malamud Brooklyn-born novelist, short-story writer 1914-1986

– Ralph Waldo Emerson dies in Concord Massachusetts in 1882.
– Jessie Redmon Fauset New Jersey-born editor, novelist; discovered, encouraged many Harlem Renaissance writers 1882-1961
– Ludwig Bemelmans Austrian-born US children’s writer, illustrator; Madeline series 1898-1962

– [Cecil] C. Day Lewis Irish-born poet, critic, detective-story writer; British poet laureate in 1960s 1904-1972
– August Wilson (aka Nicholas Blake) Pittsburgh-born playwright; The Piano Lesson, 2 Pulitzers 1945-

– Bill [William Elsworth] Blackbeard Indianapolis-born editor, author books on cartoons, comic strips 1926-2011
– [Nelle] Harper Lee Alabama-born novelist; Pulitzer for To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) 1926-2016

– Lois Duncan Philadelphia-born young adult novelist; Killing Mr. Griffin 1934-
– Terry [David John] Pratchett British science fiction/fantasy writer; Discworld series 1948-
– Carolyn Forche Detroit-born poet 1950-
– Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist play Rhinoceros, directed by Orson Wells and starring Laurence Olivier, opens in London in 1960.

– Ian Rankin Scottish mystery novelist; Inspector Rebus series, Let It Bleed (1996), Black and Blue (1997) 1960-

– The first edition of Roget’s Thesaurus is published in 1852.
– William Randolph Hearst San Francisco-born publisher, godfather of yellow journalism 1863-1951
– Gilbert La Rocque Canadian French-language author, editor 1943-1984
– Yusef Komunyakaa Louisiana-born poet; Pulitzer 1947-

– Alice B. [Babette] Toklas San Francisco-born expatriate, cookbook author, Gertrude Stein’s partner 1877-1967
– John Crowe Ransom Tennessee -born US poet; 1950 Bollingen prize 1888-1974

– William Faulkner’s story “A Rose for Emily” is published in Forum in 1930.

– Willie [Hugh] Nelson Texas-born country singer, songwriter; “Crazy” 1933-

– English poet A. E. Houseman dies in 1936.
– Harriet [Langsam] Sobol New York-born children’s writer 1936-
– Larry [Laurence Van Cott] Niven Los Angeles-born science fiction writer; The Mote in God’s Eye 1938-
– Annie Dillard Pittsburgh-born novelist; 1975 Pulitzer for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek 1945-
– Mimi Fariña (born Margarita Mimi Baez) Pennsylvania-born activist, folk musician, singer, songwriter, sister of Joan Baez; “In the Quiet Morning” 1945-2001

– Wayne Kramer Michigan-born rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, MC5 founding member 1948-

April come she will
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain …


8 Responses to Literary April

  1. What an incredible resource, Linda! I especially liked the April 12 Pete Seeger song, “Which Side Are You On.” It’s rather prophetic, (pathetic?), with T-Rump on the opening screen shot.

    • Carol, As always, you’re most kind. I’ve enjoyed doing the calendar, which has mostly been self-indulgence, especially tacking on the video links. There are amazing things posted! I’d kind of forgotten the one you mention. One does feel ambivalent when life imitates art, at least I do. This is an interesting election year, as spectacle. If only these games had no impact on real people’s lives and welfare. With the exception of a certain fellow blogger, we truly should never vote for anyone who actually wants the job of president! Thanks for your interest and comment. – Linda

      • I agree, Linda. Those who want/need/will do anything to acquire power should never have it. Campaign seasons always confirm the wisdom of not having a TV. The mean-spirited stupidity, hubris, and narcissism is unbearably discouraging 🙂

        • No kidding! Unbearable seems an understatement if anything! And discouraging for sure. As someone (now running for the Senate!!) has said, “no matter how bad all the candidates may be, somebody always wins”. I’m not even sure why we respond to “leaders”, that appearance of confidence must trigger some primitive part of our nervous systems. Maybe we’re descended from lemmings rather than apes? It does look as if we’d follow these comedians right off the nearest cliff. Well, not all of us, but an alarming percentage. Yet another thing about people that I don’t understand. Why can’t more folks just wake up and be sensible for a change … more like you and (occasionally) me? Maybe someday!

          • Awakening is not an easy process. I think the final call for me was the big “so what, what now” after I finished my Ph.D. I had hoped it would give me a platform to make a difference, but it didn’t matter really. Those in comfortable positions don’t really want to share anything. Ignorance (theirs and others) keeps them in power.

            • Funny how we’re taught that credentials are so important, that they will make us part of the mythical “meritocracy” in this land of equality and opportunity. Status is always earned and deserved, right? Well … we don’t even seem to expect that any more, much less demand it. Not when so many of us see the only escape as winning the lottery. Yet we still go after that carrot we’ve been promised as our reward for hard work and loyalty to the system. It’s what we know, I guess.
              Time for change — big change. And maybe we have to start by changing what we can conceive as possible.

  2. Tubularsock says:

    Damn! Linda Tubularsock sat down with this list and decided to put his time with “Madeline at the Eiffel Tower”.

    Tubularsock got out his pop corn and his Wild Turkey and sat right down and was absorbed and excited to see science in action and the landing of the egg.

    But alas, Part 1 ended and Tubularsock has other matters to attend to so NOW WHAT!

    My day will be consumed with, “what happens with the egg at the Eiffel Tower”?

    Tubularsock did jump to Pete to just see which side was he on ……….

    Interesting and fun post …….. off now to save the world again!

    • Tubularsock, Ah-ha, I’ve been wondering what’s the proper thing to serve with popcorn … now I know, thanks to you. But sorry to leave you in suspense — links for the later Madeline segments were on the Youtube page back when I posted this. Time for updates, apparently.
      Oddly enough, I didn’t take eggs with me to the Eiffel Tower when I was there. Which was probabbly a good thing, as Paris was crawling with soldiers and security folks that week. In fact, the Tower’s about the only place anyone’s ever seriously looked through my purse. Maybe I’m on a subversives list somewhere? Or maybe anyone wearing crocs in Paris is considered a clear and present danger to civilization as we know it.
      Saving the world’s a pretty big job, even for you, so maybe it’s just as well you couldn’t spend all day vegging out in the bunker. But good luck with all that, and thanks for your comments. – Linda

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