Hello! My name is Anna, and today I'm going to be introduced by my younger sister, Lisa.
Lisa: Anna is the oldest sister I have always looked up to, and tried to copy, so much so that I have almost her same face, and sometimes even my parents can’t tell our baby pictures apart. Also my dad routinely calls me Anna, but it’s really just the first name he tries, so he calls everyone that, even the dog.
We like to joke that we are twins six years apart and basically the same person, except she has a slightly tighter grip on reality. If you are hosting an exciting event, you want Anna there, because she will bring her enthusiasm, which makes it 100% more fun. When all the Speckhard siblings are reunited (a rare occurrence) she routinely gets so excited riding the swelling tides of extroversion that she stays up until two or three in the morning talking excitedly, and gives herself a migraine. It’s all for love.
And while she is indeed a barrel of fun, she has some serious writing chops. She is incredibly well-read, thoughtfully researches issues, and thinks good and hard about things. She has studied Greek and Hebrew, obtained a masters in biblical studies, and even snagged a future pastor as her husband! Are there any spiritual questions she can’t answer? Yes, but my point is that she is wise and educated.
Rejected Blog Names
Anna: And now I will share my second and third place blog names. If you like these better than The Beautiful Place, please don't tell us. Instead, just steal them for your own blog and go on to be wildly successful and give us piles of cash out of gratitude. Everyone wins!
The Feast of Fat Things
This is a reference to Isaiah 25:6 in the King James Version, but I thought about it as a name because Anne (of Green Gables, of course) uses the phrase to talk about the good things in life, including excellent picnics and lending libraries.1 I love the idea of a feast of all my favorite fattening things, and sometimes I try and decide what would be included in the perfect fat feast (guacamole, nachos, and cinnamon rolls are all on the list). We aspire to write a blog that is just that amazing, but it’s probably impossible.
The Literary Lobster
This name has nothing to do with anything, but I wanted to have a logo of a little lobster with glasses reading a book. I have no idea why that delights me so much. But since it truly is irrelevant, I’m saving it to start a literary journal in Maine.
Come back on Wednesday to meet Mary!
“They all had a jolly afternoon together and such a feast of fat things by way of supper as would have made old Mrs. Irving hold up her hands in horror, believing that Paul's digestion would be ruined for ever.” Anne of Avonlea
"I hope you'll look on our bookshelves as your own," said Anne. "You are entirely and wholeheartedly welcome to the loan of any book on them."
"You are setting a feast of fat things before me," said Leslie, joyously. Anne’s House of Dreams