Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908, Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in Clifton P.E.I in 1874. In 1895 and 1896 she studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she earned a teaching degree. Upon leaving Dalhousie, Montgomery worked as a teacher in various island schools. As well, beginning in 1897, she began to have her short stories published in various magazines and newspapers. A prolific talent, Montgomery had over 100 stories published from 1897 to 1907 inclusive. More on Lucy Maud Montgomery


Mia Hamm

Mia is widely recognized as the best all-around female soccer player in the world.

- Youngest woman (at age 15) ever to play with the U.S. National Team (1987)

- Won 4 NCAA championships with the University of North Carolina (1989, 1990, 1992, & 1993)

- Named to NCAA All-Tournament Team (1989 & 1990)

- All-American and ACC Player of the Year (1990, 1992, & 1993)

- Led the nation in scoring at the collegiate level (1990, 1992, & 1993)

- Youngest player (at age 19) on the World Championship-winning U.S. Team at FIFA Women's World Cup (1991)

- Won the Missouri Athletic Club and Hermann Awards for Outstanding Collegiate Soccer (1992 & 1993)

- Completed collegiate career as ACC's all-time leading scorer in goals (103), assists (72) and points (278) (1993)

- Leading scorer (with six goals) of silver medal winning U.S. Team at the World Univeristy Games (1993)

- Named U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year (1994 -1998)

- Had her UNC number (19) retired (1994)

- Received the prestigious Honda-Broderick Award as the nation's outstanding female collegiate athlete (1994 & 1995)

- First place, U.S. CONCACAF Qualifying Championship - scored six goals in three games (1994)

- Third-place, U.S. Team FIFA Women's World Championships; started all games and scored twice during Cup (1995)

- U.S. Women's Cup in Norway - Selected tournament's MVP with five goals and six assists (1995)

- Member of the Gold Medal winning 1996 U.S. Olympic Team in Atlanta

- Named to People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list (1997)

More of Mia`s achievements

Information Courtesy of Mia Hamm Foundation


Friday, November 21, 2008

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." —Louisa May Alcott


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Perhaps my favorite television program growing up was Little House on the Prairie. The series was taken from a series of children`s books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Since the initial publication of "Little House in the Big Woods" in 1931, the books have been continually in print, and remain in print today around the world, and have been translated into 40 different languages. Her books brought to life the daily struggles of farm life and good moral values.


Loretta Lynn

With an impoverished upbringing, a devoted yet troubled marriage, chronic illness and exhaustion due to her hectic pace, and several tragedies through the years, Loretta`s own life was what good country songs are made of. In fact her own life often provided the subject matter for her popular tunes. Her best-selling 1976 autobiography Coal Miner`s Daughter was an Oscar Winning film starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones. Loretta overcame many obstacles to become, and remain The Queen of Country Music