Sarah Albee writes children's books for many age groups and under a number of pseudonyms. She has had three of her books appear on the New York Times Bestseller list. Before she began her career as a children's book writer and editor, Sarah was a newspaper cartoonist and a semi-professional basketball player. These days she lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.
Loyal readers will notice that I haven’t posted in awhile. My web designer and I are working on updating and improving my site, and hope to have it ready by the end of August. Have a wonderful summer in the meantime, all!
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Last week I drove to upstate New York for my annual writing retreat. On the way, I stopped off at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany. Philip Schuyler and his wife, Catharine van Rensselaer, lived in this house with their eight children. (They had a set of twins and a set of triplets that did not survive.) The eldest surviving child was Angelica. Another daughter, Eliza, married Alexander Hamilton. I’m researching Hamilton for an upcoming project. Have I mentioned I have the best job in the w
Have you ever heard of a “curtain lecture?” (The above image isn’t actually a curtain lecture. I just liked the image.) A “curtain lecture” (sometimes called a “bolster lecture”) is a private reprimand given by a wife to her husband. Back in the days when a bed was often a family’s most valuable possession, many were... Read more »
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Connecticut friends: if you are anywhere near Guilford (near New Haven) next Wednesday, July 6th, please drop by the library for this super-fun—and free!–event: Details: Join ten local middle grade and young adult authors–Sarah Albee, Hannah Barnaby, Ace Bauer, Leslie Bulion, Leslie Connor, Sarah Darer, Page McBrier, Adam Shaughnessy, Cat Urbain, and Sandra Waugh–for a... Read more »
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A young Aaron Burr
Fans of the Broadway show, Hamilton, will be familiar with the beautiful duet, Dear Theodosia, sung by Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda). It’s an ode to their newborn babies, Theodosia and Philip. (You can listen to it here.)
Earlier in the play, in the Story of Tonight reprise, Burr had confessed to Hamilton that he’d been having an affair with the wife of a British officer. That would be Theodosia’s mother, Theodosia.
Gray Wolf Photo: Gary Kramer, USFWS, Creative Commons
A classic favorite movie in our house is Napoleon Dynamite, and here’s one of our favorite scenes:his drawing of a “liger.”
But were you aware that ligers really exist?
My friend Laura is one of my go-to scientists. She not only teaches AP Biology, but also POST-AP Biology, for high school seniors who can’t get enough Biology. Kids flock to take her classes. I ask her for help on pretty much all my books. (Here
I try not to discuss politics on this blog, but the widespread criticism of Hillary Clinton’s “annoying” voice begs for some historical context. The criticism tends not to be about what she is saying–it’s about how she’s saying it. You may disagree with her, or with Trump, or with Sanders. But of the three candidates, why is it Hillary’s voice that gets criticized so often?
A lot of commentators and news reporters comment on it. Many complain that she is loud, or shrill, or
It’s been a long time since I was in high school, but I’m still in touch with my favorite teacher—who taught history, naturally—Mr. Heller. (It took me about twenty five more years to call him by his first name, Miles.) Anyway he read my blog from last week about portable writing desks and messaged me:
Did you ever hear of campaign furniture?
In the Am Revolution, they carried huge collapsible furniture, like chests, tables etc. with arms on them so that they could be carried.
I’ve been researching the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and I got curious about writing desks. They’ve evolved quite a bit over the past two hundred years, from this:To this:Yeah, that’s my treadmill desk. Not that my desk represents the most highly evolved of writing desks, but desks have definitely changed a lot.
Robespierre at his desk.
Edison at HIS desk.
What had me flummoxed me was how often I was seeing references to Enlightenmen
I’m researching colonial America, and just spent the morning reading a book written in 1660, by one Thomas White. The full title doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, but here it is: A Manual for Parents: Wherein is Set Down Very Particular Directions in Reference to the Baptising, Correcting, Instructing, and Chusing a Calling for Their... Read more »
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