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Latest Reading December 12, 2017

Filed under: Authors,Birthdays,Books,Cats,Janet's Books,Lakota Indians,Reading — Janet @ 4:19 pm

IMG_4893  a book by Alexandra Fuller – Quiet Until the Thaw.  This is about the Lakota Indians of the Dakotas.  Whether writing about Africa or the western part of the United States, she is one of my favorite authors.

 

Mt Kilimanjaro – Highest Peak In Africa December 4, 2017

Filed under: Africa,Books,Mountaineering — Janet @ 10:56 pm

IMG_4811   A good read for mountaineering  enthusiasts

 

 

Recent Additions To My Postcard Collection October 17, 2017

Filed under: Books,Postcard Collection,Postcards — Janet @ 12:35 am

This past weekend I went to The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair.  Many many interesting looking books but ………..  I didn’t buy even one.  I had a wonderful time looking though and remembering what I had read where and when.  I’m really a reader rather than a collector.  Anyhow, I particularly thought of my brother and his collection of boys books published in the1920’s and ’30’s.  e.g. Tarzan of the Apes, etc.  My older brother was a great reader from an early age.  And while I didn’t necessarily read any of his books I can remember them on the family shelves and think of the pleasure he got from reading them – a long time ago now.

I digress – my only purchase at the Book Fair was handmade notebook – for my genealogy research notes.  And I was gifted several postcards by one of my favorite sellers – Asian Steppes.

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Ancestor Count Revisited October 15, 2017

I’ve now reached a total of 6,700 ancestors in my genealogy research.  People ask me what I’ve been doing lately or in the past few months.  I sort of fumble for an answer and then only after the conversation has moved on do I think of how I have spent my days – GENEALOGY RESEARCH.

And this work has sparked a great interest in reading history books.  the last is Alison Weir’s The Life of Elizabeth I.    IMG_4541  A bit of a slog but well worth it in the end.

 

Thinking About My Reading September 17, 2017

Filed under: Books,Reading — Janet @ 2:53 am

I recently read a book by Susan Hill called Howards End is on the Landing.  A thoughtful book about the books in her personal library and her reading preferences.

IMG_4370  A most interesting book – I could not agree with a number of her choices but more importantly it set me thinking about what I choose to read and the books I keep on my shelves.  I read a lot.  I have almost always read a lot.  But I have not had the luxury of keeping all the books I have wanted to have a permanent place in my home.  We have just moved house and country too often for that.  But, I’ll now think about what is on my shelves now – and reminisce about certain books in the past and in other places.

……to be continued

 

Recent Reading – August 2017 September 1, 2017

Filed under: American History,Books — Janet @ 11:02 pm

IMG_4230  Getting steeped in the History of the West

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Interested In Maine History? July 4, 2017

IMG_3646  Here’s the book for all history enthusiasts.  In a book store in Mystic Connecticut, I found this book about the history of Maine – titled The Lobster Coast, Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier, by Colin Woodard.  As one would expect, there’s quite a bit of detail about fish and the fishing industry, particularly  lobsters.  But there is also a lot to make one think about the rights of Native Americans and the rights and relationships between the original settlers and the subsequent waves of  “newcomers”, right up to the present day transformations of land use and the questions of distribution of wealth.

In my genealogy research I have been able to trace most of my ancestors back many generations.  At present I am trying to concentrate/focus on the immigration experiences of these branches in my family tree.  These would be the 6th-9th great grandparents.  About 90% of these forebears came to New England.  I have one case of an abrupt end of the trail with my 3rd great grandparents Joseph Reed and Sarah Maddox.  They were each born in Maine in the late 1700’s.  Joseph died in Maine in 1850.  Their daughter Abigail was my great great grandmother.  She was born in Gloucester in 1804.  But I do not have any information re Joseph and Sarah’s forebears, my 4th great grandparents etc.  Did they come to Maine as immigrants?  What happened to them in this remote and harsh part of the American frontier.  Did they perish in an encounter with one of the many tribes of Native Americans who raided the settlers villages and isolated dwellings.   I wonder.