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Women’s History March 10, 2016

In special recognition of significant women in history, I want to nominate Gertrude Bell, explorer extraordinaire among many other achievements.    I have read a number of her books and am now reading a biography of her – Gertrude Bell, Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell.

BellK_218_Gertrude_Bell_in_Iraq_in_1909_age_41  Gertrude Bell, age 41  (image from Wikipedia)


A film about Gertrude Bell was released in 2015.  Titled Queen of the Desert and starring Nicole Kidman.  I look forward to viewing it.       QOTD_poster

p.s. Gertrude was friendly with Lawrence of Arabia. Almost 50 years ago I saw the film about T. E. Lawrence at the White Rhino Hotel in Nyeri Kenya.  My boy friend (not yet my husband) and I drove up to Nyeri from Nairobi (a 2 1/2 hour drive) to see the film.  A spontaneous trip after I had played in a mixed doubles tennis match with someone else.  What a lark.  The film was LONG.  The seats uncomfortable.  Peter O’Toole was memorable as Ross.  The drive back to Nairobi late in the evening was even longer.  The things one did when one was young and fancy free.





10 Great Words about Words

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:26 pm

Interesting Literature

The best words to describe language-related experiences, reading, and other related phenomena

Logos is the very first word of the Gospel of St John: ‘In the beginning was the Word’. (Logos means ‘word’.) And ‘logos’, it turns out, has given us a raft of great wordy words – word-related terms which describe our infatuation, and frustration, with language. Nomen, the Latin for ‘name’, has also given us some great terms, so we’ve included one of those here as well, in this post outlining the best words about language or related phenomena: reading, names, and the like. We hope you enjoy them.

Alogotransiphobia denotes the fear of being caught on public transport with nothing to read. The word hasn’t found its way into dictionaries yet. It was coined by a novelist in 1992, according to Paul Dickson in his informative book of word-trivia, Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers.


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10 Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Everyone Should Read

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:23 pm

I am not a fan of Sherlock but rather an admirer. I have never heard of the various authors listed. I am intrigued and would like to sample a few of them.

Interesting Literature

The best fictional detectives who were contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes

If you’re a fan of Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes stories, or the BBC TV series Sherlock, you may well be looking for other great detectives from the golden era of the detective short story to discover and enjoy. Here’s our list of ten of the greatest fictional detectives who solved mysteries and brought criminals to justice in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the same time as Conan Doyle’s sleuth was lodging at 221B Baker Street. We are indebted to David Stuart Davies’ excellent introduction to Shadows of Sherlock Holmes (Wordsworth Classics) for some of the following information about these authors and detectives, many of whose names have long since fallen into obscurity. We’ve also added a few suggestions of our own. Davies’ collection is a great compendium of these forgotten gems, including some of the best stories…

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Building My Family Tree

Filed under: Ancestors,Family history,Family Tree,Genealogy — Janet @ 4:06 am

Working on my genealogy – I now have 1730 ancestors on the family tree.  And varying amounts of information for each person.  This is becoming a magnum opus.

The count is climbing – now 1740, as of March 10

Increase – now 1764, as of March 16

March 19 – 1786

March 20 – 1807

March 21 – 1826

March 23 – 1847

March 24 – 1877

March 28 – 1900

April 3 – 1953

April 11 – 2039

April 28 – 2225

May 3 – 2283

May 13 – 2415

May 14 – 2434

May 19 – 2458

May 24 – 2547

May 26 – 2569

May 31 – 2637

June 7 – 2702

July 11 – 2995

Sept 2 – 3522

Nov 23 – 4268





American Art of the Week: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney by Robert Henri

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:31 am

A Scholarly Skater

gertrude_vanderbilt_whitney2c_henri Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney by Robert Henri, 1916. Whitney Museum of American Art. [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons I first became interested in Robert Henri (1865-1929) at my first trip to the American Art Fair, an annual New York City show of American paintings for sale by a few top American art dealers. I can’t remember exactly which Henri painting caught my eye, whatever it was certainly left an impression. Based on his name, one would assume that Henri was French, but he was neither French nor even Robert Henri. He was Robert Henry Cozad when he was born in Ohio in 1865, and he changed his name for completely non-artistic reasons – to disguise his identity after his father ran into some trouble involving a neighbor’s death (1). It seems like Henri had a pretty wild early life.

With his new identity, Henri moved to the eastern United States and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He…

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