Brenda Ueland on Writing

“Everyone is talented, original, and has something important to say.” Brenda Ueland, writer (24 October 1891-1985) best known for her book “If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit” where she shares her ideas on writing and life in general. Quotes: “Creative power flourishes only when I am living in the… Read More Brenda Ueland on Writing


In one of the comments to yesterday’s post, containing the quote from Nelson Mandela, our friend Alessandro Gianesini who blogs at Parola di Scrib recalled the poem “Invictus”, Nelson Mandela’s companion during his long imprisonment.Mandela used to read it throughout his 27-year imprisonment during the apartheid period, because of its message of self-masteryThis poem has… Read More Invictus

Blue Suede Shoes

At the end of January 1956, Elvis Presley recorded “Blue Suede Shoes” at RCA’s New York studios.Blue Suede Shoes is a rock-and-roll song written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955 and covered by Presley the following year. As with many of the greatest songs the inspiration for the song is controversial.Johnny Cash claimed… Read More Blue Suede Shoes


Brenda Ueland, journalist, editor and writer was born on this day, 24 October 1891, and died in 1985She was a pioneer in creative writing, best known for her guide on writing “If You Want To Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit” (1938).According to her every human being is able to write well: “This… Read More Inspiration

31st May 1819 – Walt Whitman’s Birthday

    Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist, often called the father of free verse. His poetry celebrated modern life and took on subjects considered taboo at the time: particularly his poetry collection “Leaves of Grass”, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. The following poem “Carpe Diem” is… Read More 31st May 1819 – Walt Whitman’s Birthday