Several times over the last year, my husband causally mentioned it would be nice to have an MP3 player. He is a farmer, and out in the country, there are many places where radio signal isn’t great. When you are out in the tractor in the middle of nowhere, talk radio can get rather old rather quickly.
The recently released movie, Lone Survivor, is based on the New York Best Sellers, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. It is the true story of four Navy SEAL soldiers on a covert mission who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. They are cut off from any support, and they confront unthinkable odds.
My book group has a tradition. Every December, we read and discuss a classic novel. I have to admit that without the inspiration of my fellow librophiles, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to dust one off.
I’m not a Jane Austen fan. Don’t tell anyone, but I don’t even watch Downton Abbey. My attitude used to be, why take the time to read something written fifty or two hundred years ago? New, exciting titles come out every day. Read something that’s "good for me"? Voluntarily? Who has time for that?
On a fall trip to Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania, my son took us on a drive through the back roads of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, also known as Amish country. It is a beautifully serene land, full of perfectly-kept farms, gently rolling hills, the occasional buggy, and covered bridges that capture the imagination. The bridge pictured here, Weaver’s Bridge, was built over the Conestoga River in 1878 and is still in use today. Cat’s Back Road was one of the more memorable roads we traveled.
Mirabelle has grown up in what feels like a box. A loving, beautiful box...but a box nonetheless. Her godmothers are so over protective, they won't even let her visit her parents' graves! She can't shave with a razor, or use scissors, or drive a car, or or or... So, for her 16th birthday, she's got a plan. She's going on an adventure, and this time, no one is going to tell her she can't. By the time they figure out where she is, it will be too late to stop her. (Note: Do not try this at home, kids!)
There are few film directors out there that make movies so well it compels me to watch everything they have ever made, but Stanley Kubrick is one of those directors that I would take the time to watch everything he’s done (or at least everything I can get my grubby, little hands on). I took on a “Kubrick Movie Marathon” near the beginning of the month of December, and made my way through almost the entirety of Kubrick’s repertoire of movies.
January is a great month for all kinds of new goals; it’s a month famous for resolutions. One resolution that is no doubt on many genealogists’ to-do list is to get organized. This is often easier written down than done. Organization can be overwhelming and, if left unorganized for long, can seem an insurmountable task. But have no fear! There are many free apps to help you reach your organizational goals.
Have you ever gotten strange looks as you flip through a book? Has anyone ever asked you “are you really reading that or just skimming pages?” Have you ever been accused of owning your own library? If so, you may be a speed reader or simply have a book “problem.” Don’t worry, this isn't a bad diagnoses. But it does mean that you may find yourself with nothing to read and way to many books in your room.
Farewell, Edith … and Tony Soprano, Mrs. Krabappel and the Quintessential Mouseketeer
We followed the life of sweetly, naïve Edith Bunker for nine years and 200-some episodes of television’s All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, coming to love her and, by extension, the actress who portrayed her, Jean Stapleton.
The Waldo Story: The Home of the Friendly Merchants by Ladene Morton
When you ask a Kansas City native where they live, their response is the name attached to their neighborhood or housing subdivision. Waldo is the neighborhood bounded by State Line Road to the west, 85th Street to the south, Troost Avenue to the east, and Gregory Boulevard to the north. It was named for one of its original residents, David Waldo, who ran freight on the Santa Fe Trail.