Author exchange. Author Sandi Scott and I are doing an email exchange, offering each other’s books to our newsletter readers. Here’s her offer, and it’s a good one:
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Churchill: The man loved to write
We know him as a great statesman, the man who led the fight against Nazi Germany, the one who provided the lion of Great Britain its roar (as he once put it). He gave voice to the grit and determination of the British Empire when it went through its darkest hour.
But Winston Churchill, being all these things and more, was a writer.
That’s how he made his living, even during those days of the 1930s when, virtually alone, he proclaimed the evils of the Nazis and inevitability of war. He wrote newspaper and magazine articles while working on sweeping volumes of history.
And Churchill loved being a writer.
“Writing a long and substantial book is like having a friend and companion at your side, to whom you can always turn for comfort and amusement,” he said, “and whose society become more attractive as a new and widening field of interest is lighted in your mind.”
Much of what Churchill wrote at that time, he dictated to secretaries. They typed up his prose and sent it to typesetters, who returned it in galley proofs. Churchill often edited those proofs vigorously, and occasionally demanded a second or third set of proofs. He also had a team of loyal but underpaid scholars, historians, and fact-checkers who worked to make sure that he stayed within the lines of accuracy.
Churchill’s writing style is uniquely his own. If you read his histories, you can almost hear the words coming from his lips.
Note: I’ll have more on Churchill’s writing in a subsequent post.
30 paintings in 30 days
Mark Tao Holmes of CitizenSketcher.com has created a Facebook challenge for those of us who are interested in watercolor. Mark is the author of Direct Watercolor (among other books), which is a particular method of creating a painting with just watercolor and no preliminary drawing. These kinds of paintings are usually done quickly and loosely.
The challenge is to create a painting a day for the 30 days of June, and a lot of people (including me) have taken up the challenge. The Facebook link above will show you some of the results — and they are fascinating.
The painting here — a portrait of author Charlotte Bronte — is one I did as part of the challenge. I have fallen behind in my one-painting-a-day pace, so I’ll have to work hard this weekend and next week to catch up.
The New York Times get buzzed by the bee fad
The New York Times is often cited by me as a balanced, thoroughly researched, and well-written source of information. But in a recent article about the supposed health benefits of bee products (The Wellness World’s Buzzy New Best Friend – The New York Times), such as honey and pollen, the Times reporter, who shall go nameless in this post, got buzzed.
Honey does, in fact, have some moisturizing effect on the skin. Beeswax soothes chapped lips and has some other benefits.
But bee pollen? royal jelly? propolis? Well, not so much.
In fact, not at all.
Charlatans have been making outrageous claims about bee pollen for years, and there is nothing to support those claims. The writer of the article says, “Some studies back up various promises” about bee products, but she never comes closes to disclosing what studies and what promises she’s talking about.
The single note of skepticism in this article comes from a dermatologist, who is quoted at the end of the story.
Otherwise, the article is a piece of false advertising for “products” that don’t do what some people claim they do. The Times’ editors should have demanded more from their reporter.
Finally . . .
This week’s watercolor: Rebecca West
Best quote of the week:
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. William Styron, novelist (1925-2006)
Helping those in need
This is my weekly reminder to all of us (especially me) that there are many people who need our help. It’s not complicated. Things happen to people, and we should be ready to do all the good we can in all of the ways we can. (Some will recognize that I am paraphrasing John Wesley here). When is the last time you gave to your favorite charity? The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR.org)is my favorite charity. Please make a contribution to yours.
Keep reading, keep writing (especially to me), and have a great weekend.
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Last week’s newsletter: J.R.R. Tolkien, Seymour Hersh, courtroom sketch artists, a D-Day remembrance, and more: newsletter June 15, 2018
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