“We are all made of the same stuff, remember, we of the Jungle, you of the City. The same substance composes us—the tree overhead, the stone beneath us, the bird, the beast, the star—we are all one, all moving to the same end.” – PL Travers, “Mary Poppins

PL Travers, best known as the author of the Mary Poppins book series, was born this day in 1899. Born Helen Lyndon Goff in Australia, she emigrated to England, as Pamela Lyndon Travers in 1924. She was an actress, and also worked as a journalist. She also truly hated the Walt Disney adaptation of Mary Poppins, and was said to have suggested that the animation be removed at the premier.

During her acting years, she became a disciple of Gurdjieff, and a student of Jung’s. After World War II, during which she worked for the Ministry of Information (mainly in the US), she spent some time in the American southwest studying Native American folklore and mythology.

An amazing assortment of experiences – especially for the times.

Photo of PL Travers borrowed from biography.com