My luck is running true to form: Just when I am up and well and back to earning my keep, my digital camera went and ate 5 sets of batteries, so I guess it is time for it to join electronics mausoleum in my bottom drawer. I had brought in a big basket of leaves for the kittens to play with and wanted to shoot them diving into it like a swimming pool. Which they did, so guess I know what I will be cleaning up tomorrow.

birthdays •
1740 – James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson (d. 1795)
1882 – Jean Giraudoux, French writer born (d. 1944)
1906 – Fredric Brown, novelist is born (d. 1972)
1921 – Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist (d. 2003)
1925 – Dominick Dunne, American author born
1923 – Desmond Bagley British thriller writer, is born (d. 1983)

1887 – Start of the Sherlock Holmes adventure The Red-Headed League.
1958 –
Boris Pasternak, under intense pressure from the Soviet government & press, wires the Swedish Royal Academy his “voluntary refusal” of the Nobel Prize for Literature

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