The first Realty Show family?

You may recall the Loud Family, the first family to be documented for TV which was shown on PBS in 1971. Known as The American Family, it documented the lives of Bill and Pat Loud and their children, literally through thick and thin. Even though this series was touted as the first reality series, I'd …

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A sweet letter to young fans of Little Women from “Meg”

I came across this very sweet letter from Anna Alcott Pratt to some young admirers of Louisa after she had written Little Women. It's very revealing as to how she felt about her sisters, and herself. To me she seems hard on herself but most people don't think they are as good as their family …

More follow-up on the search for Alcott descendants

A reader of this blog, Beth, sent in this comment regarding descendants of Louisa May Alcott: "Anna had two sons. Johnnie never married. Louisa named him as her heir (he was second son) and the rights to her books passed to him. As he had no descendants this is why the rights to so much …

Finishing up May’s Memoir

I am getting close to the end of Caroline Ticknor's memoir on May and am beginning to dread the end. I think one of the things so captivated me about May's story was her tragic end. It just seemed so sudden, so random. She was so robust and healthy; her life was pretty much perfect …

Oops!

Off the track a bit to present day:  it appears an error was made regarding a quote which appears on the new rug in the Oval Office. The quote in question is, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.", and on the rug it was attributed to Dr. Martin …

Moods, chapter 1- Sylvia

I loved this description of the main character, Sylvia. Knowing how autobiographical Louisa's books were makes it even more more interesting. I wish I knew where reality ends and fiction begins. Here's how she describes Sylvia: The book, of course, is meant to focus on how one's moods can affect one's life and I remember …

May Alcott Nieriker’s True Contribution to Art

I particularly appreciated a paragraph I read in today in May Alcott A Memoir by Caroline Ticknor where she summarized May's true contribution to the art world. Here's what she said: (page 225-226) "These slender links that bind May Alcott to the little group [in Grez, a small French village that proved to be a …