National Maple Syrup Day

calendar •
1679 – John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester, hired thugs to waylay and beat John Dryden on the wrong assumption that Dryden had written a poetic attack on Rochester.
1877 – Atlantic Monthly gives a 70th birthday party for John Greenleaf Whitter. Mark Twain gives the principle address and shocks the diners by comparing dinner guests Longfellow, Emerson and Holmes to three drunken tramps in the Sierras.

birthdays •
1796 – Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (d. 1865)
1807 – John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet and abolitionist Haverhill, MA (d. 1892)
1830 – Jules de Goncourt, French publisher (d. 1870)
1873 – Ford Madox Hueffer (later Ford Madox Ford) is born Merton Surrey.
1903 – Erskine Caldwell, American author (d. 1987) Coweta Co. GA
1904 – Sylvia Ashton-Warner is born
1916 – Penelope Fitzgerald, British writer (d. 2000)
1929 – William Safire, American columnist

shopping • I added some more designs to the Bullpen Cafepress site – a little late for THIS year’s holiday but there is always next year.

cheer • via V. Alice Hughes @ Argosy Books in Ottawa

a Cranberry Vodka recipe, truly beautiful to look at and even better to sip:
1 pkg. fresh or frozen cranberries
1 orange – grated rind only

1 cup sugar

1 bottle 750ml. good vodka

Chop cranberries or put in food processor, combine with orange rind & sugar in a saucepan over low heat – till the sugar dissolves. Remove and cool, pour into a large jar with a good seal, add the vodka. Store in refrigetor for 4 days [only 4] shaking occasionally Strain through 2 layers of cheesecloth and bottle. Sample carefully by sipping from a small glass Buy more cranberries

banktoaster • Here’s a vblog where you watch the artist draw a monster a day. (via Helen Crow at Pogo’s Place Books.)

bank toaster • Here’s a quiz to tell you what kind of American Accent you may have. It had me pegged as Bostoninan, but i don’t think it is as severe as some.

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