62 years ago the world was introduced to the Peanuts comic strip created by Minnesota born and loved Charles M. Schulz. Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s dog, quickly became one of the most popular icons of the later part of the 20th century. If any part of your childhood was lived in the 1970s you undoubtedly have memories of the Snoopy cult; sweatshirts and lunch boxes, the coveted puffy Trapper Keepers, Snoopy’s Sno-Cone Machine.
My favorite part of all things Peanuts were the glimpses into Snoopy’s private life; the life of a writer.
Shortly after Schulz’s death, his son helped put together a wonderful book every writer should own. Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life includes essay from 30 famous authors.
“Each essay focuses on how the strip presents an aspect of writing life—getting started, getting rejected, searching for new ideas, and more—everything that beginning and professional writers deal with on a daily basis.” ~ Writer’s Digest
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Charlie Brown television specials were momentous events in our household. Popcorn was air-popped, Tang was poured, and we had to be bathed and in our jammies before the show started. This time of year, decades later, we will see re-runs of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I so enjoy sharing the tradition with my children.