Category Archives: history

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Stamp

What fun! There is a new four generation picture of the Royal Family and it has been put on a stamp . . .

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The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout

This novel takes us on a trip from Nebraska to Iowa in the 1850s. Sometimes in those rough early days, the wives couldn’t bear the hard times, became sick –and some seriously needed  the help and medical attention that only … Continue reading

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Visiting the James A. Michener Art Museum

O’Half and I spent a pleasant morning recently visiting the local James A.  Michener Art Museum in Doylestown PA.  There is an exhibition running currently that we wanted to see: “Iron and Coal, Petroleum and Steel: Industrial Art from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: River of Doubt by Candice Millard

Do you need a good book to read?  Do you need a good book to recommend to your book club?  Do you want a book that will keep you up reading half the night?

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A Trip to Mystic CT

We took a little holiday and drove up to Mystic CT last week. It’s a beautiful little historical town on the Connecticut shore, across from Long Island.  There are several reasons to visit, including Mystic Seaport where all the whaling … Continue reading

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Book Review: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

I had never given Roscoe Conkling a thought before reading this book.  But if you enjoy political shenanigans, you’ll enjoy his part in this book.  He was a major pain in the neck for the Half-Breeds Party through the late … Continue reading

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Losing Nelson by Barry Unsworth — a desert island choice

If I could take just one book, would it be this one?

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Book Review: King George and Queen Elizabeth

I would like to show you some nice old photos of Queen Elizabeth when she was a young girl.  I found them in a copy of “King George and Queen Elizabeth”–a hardback with a red and blue cover–a nice deep … Continue reading

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National Button Week 2013 Part 6: Wellington Buttons

“Waterloo!  Waterloo!  Where will you meet your Waterloo?”  ♫  ♫  ♫ That song lyric is from the old Stonewall Jackson recording, thanks to a reader–do you remember it? No?  Well, do you remember the date June 18, 1815?  That was … Continue reading

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Political Buttons

Have you noticed that it’s an Election Year? To get in the mood, I thought I’d get out my little collection of political buttons to show you.  And I’ll say right off the bat, that I’m not favoring one side … Continue reading

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