One year old today! Celebrating with a special gift for you!

I recently watched again the PBS film Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women  and thoroughly enjoyed it.  To see Louisa portrayed on the small screen is just as thrilling as ever. This reminded me of how I started my blog 1 year ago today after reading the book. What a wonderful year it has been with all of you, my readers.

Writing this blog has opened up a whole new world of reading and writing, and has given me, the first time, a way to indulge in my passion for history and biography. My vision is expanded and  my mind sharpened by the exercise. And I’ve rediscovered my childhood love of writing.

I have loved reading, writing and learning about Louisa,  members of her family, and the Concord Transcendentalists. The more I read, the more I want to know!

I would never have guessed that in the span of a year I would meet and/talk to/correspond with authors and scholars like Daniel Shealy, Harriet Reisen, Amy Belding Brown, Gabrielle Donnelly, Susan Cheever, Kelly O’Connor McNees, Richard Francis and Jeannine Atkins. Meeting Jan Turnquist, executive director of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, and Nancy Porter, director of the aforementioned film, was a tremendous pleasure too.

And I’ve found wonderful blogs such as A Room of One’s Own, Silver Threads, Joyfully Retired and many  more, introducing me to the Classics. I will never forget the thrill of reading Gone With the Wind. :-).

I never would have dreamed that I would have had the opportunity to attend the ALA workshop for the Louisa May Alcott initiative  and meet so many other Alcott enthusiasts and scholars. And I will never forget the day I held in my hands letters written by my favorite author. Being able to touch her handwritten words is frankly, beyond words.

This blog has certainly opened up my life. Thank you so much to all of you who have read, commented and supported this blog. My learning deepens, my joy grows fuller and my reading binge continues. Thank you!!

168 posts, 14,337 views, 615 comments . . . Happy 1st Birthday, Louisa May Alcott is My Passion! May there be many more to come.

A birthday gift – for you!

And as I celebrate this day, I would like to give away a gift to one of you – this beautiful notecard from Orchard House featuring a painting by May Alcott Nieriker of a screech owl baby, painted over the fireplace in Louisa’s room (I learned on my last trip that there used to be a big tree outside Louisa’s window that house a family of owls – May painted one of them).

Simply comment on this post and I will pick a winner at random. Contest ends Monday at noon.

Long live Louisa May Alcott!

8 Replies to “One year old today! Celebrating with a special gift for you!”

  1. Happy blog birthday! Thank you so much for opening doors and making connections. I’m slowly making my way back through some blog entries I missed before adding to this my feed, and it’s a great pleasure!

  2. Congratulations and Happy 1 year anniversary to an amazing blog. I love the Alcott family and enjoy checking in on all the work that you do, showing how the Alcotts still influence, inspire, and hold our interest today. keep up the great work.

  3. Wow, it’s a year already! Happy birthday to a contagious passion that brought many blessings into my life too. This blog helped me stay focused on writing my diploma paper about domesticity, womanhood and LMA. Throughout that painstaking process, author of this blog was a priceless supporter and helper and became a great friend to me. Answering a trivia question about LMA on this blog, in October last year, I won Harriet Reisen’s book LOUISA MAY ALCOTT THE WOMAN BEHIND LITTLE WOMEN and I was so thrilled when it was delivered to me all the way across the Atlantic, to Bosnia, Europe – my homecountry. I loved the book, I couldn’t let it out of my hands until I read it within a few days only, and some parts of it I quoted in my paper. This time, I don’t want to compete for a gift, for my address is uncertain these days, I just want to say thank you Susan and enjoy this great anniversary!

  4. Aw, thanks so much for the mention, Susan! And congratulations on your first year. I’m so glad to have met you — and so happy to have found this blog dedicated to LMA. It’s a joy to read. Your passion for the Alcotts has absolutely fueled mine.

    (I finished The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott last night and ADORED it.)

    1. I saw your review on Goodreads. 🙂 Did you think the love story was totally plausible and in character with Louisa as you know her? Although I loved the book too, that part didn’t ring quite true for me.

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