December 11, 2013
The Federal Art Project ran from 1935 to 1943. This project was run through the New Deal Works Progress Administration Federal One, to encourage fine artists to create art during the Depression.
Many fine works of art were created during this time, by such top artists as Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. You can see some of them here.
This program provided jobs for out-of-work artists and art was created for libraries, schools, and hospitals.
See more of them at The Library of Congress.
Here are some vintage library posters from the WPA Art Project in Chicago.
The posters included in this post were created by Arlington Gregg.
December 9, 2013
I want to apologize to anyone from a WordPress blog who commented on Sunday's post. For some reason, I can't seem to make comments on WordPress blogs anymore.
One of the blogs offered the option to comment through Google Plus. Google + refused to accept "Literary Lioness" as a real name, even though I used "Literary" as the first name, and "Lioness" as the last name. Gee, I wonder why that didn't work. Hmmm. Right now I don't want my real name associated with the blog, although I probably will in the future.
When will Google learn that forcing Google + on people won't work? Twitter and Facebook became so successful not because anyone forced them into using it!
I then tried to comment with Gravatar but now it seems that Gravatar only works for WordPress blogs nowadays.
And when I just try to make any kind of comment on these WordPress blogs, it looks as if the comment was accepted, but they never appear! No explanation, either.
I'm mad at WordPress for making it so difficult to comment on their blogs! It never used to be a problem.
However . . .
I have seriously considered changing to WordPress.com anyway (the hosted version because I don't think I have the technical know-how to self-host a blog at WordPress.org). Self-hosting to me would be a huge leap, and I find that WordPress has quite a high learning curve. I would also miss the Blogger Template Designer, which I can play with for hours!
Of course I'd have to give up my Google Friends gadget and I would not allowed to be able to have ads, but I have never made any money off of this blog anyway (except once), and that was never my intention when I started blogging.
I did a trial run recently and the posts transferred over perfectly. My big stumbling block now is I'm trying to figure out how to transfer the domain name over! I bought it through Google (or rather I "rent" it on a year-to-year basis), and I have no idea how to get the domain name over to WordPress.
Has anyone reading this made the switch from Blogger to WordPress? What are your opinions???
December 8, 2013
Right now, I am currently reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt on my Kindle.
I am also attempting to read some of the books I started within the past year but never finished, because I was distracted by certain events.
I was away from book blogging for awhile because the past few months have indeed been very busy. Someone I knew was getting married so I attended an engagement party/"surprise" bridal shower /and posh wedding.
I also knew two different people who died on the same day. So there were wakes/viewings/and funerals to attend.
My husband and I spent some time in Pennsylvania visiting my step-daughter and her husband.
I also have been writing a book that I hope to upload on Kindle during the next year, and I am writing essays and querying magazine article ideas.
I am frantically writing some book reviews.
Of course, I am also preparing for Christmas.
I visited a book sale yesterday and these are some of the books I scored (you can see them in the top photo):
- The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
- Consequences by Penelope Lively
- The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado
- Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
- Winter Bloom by Tara Heavey
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
I'm looking forward to reading all of them!
This post is in response to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a book meme posted on Sheila's Book Journey.
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela : (