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.
When Cold Weather Strikes, Wrap Up with an Audiobook!
These past few days, I have been wondering where all the warmth has gone. It seems like just earlier this week, I was enjoying a leisurely bicycle ride and picnic in the park, now my hands become icicles within seconds of being outside. As a funny happenstance, I unknowingly began to listen to an audiobook earlier this week that is now turning out to be quite timely in its subject matter. I had heard about Between Shades of Gray; it's a historical fiction book based around the time of the holocaust.
Sometimes we wonder, “can I change the world?" And the answer is yes. If you are passionate enough, one person can change an entire nation. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of these passionate people. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929 as Michael King, Jr. to the parents of Michael King, Sr. and Alberta Williams. At fifteen, he entered college to begin his bachelor studies. By the time King was nineteen, he was an ordained minister with a sociology degree in hand.
I have stated before that I have never really been a fan of mysteries. Recently, I began exploring a little more of this genre, and I have found a couple of good books. I just finished my first Agatha Christie novel and enjoyed it quite a bit. I was also delighted with theNo.