Once upon a time… This simple phrase takes us back in time to our childhoods when every story had a happy ending and a handsome prince. What if I told you that teenagers and adults can have their once upon a times, too? No matter how old you are, everyone deserves their version of a fairy tale.
As I was inside a book store recently (yes, we librarians still occasionally go to bookstores), they had strayed from their typical overhead music and were playing what must have been a collection of "Halloween Hits" on the overhead speakers. Thriller, by Michael Jackson, came on. I was instantly filled with energy as I heard this song again. I've heard it a thousand times, but never in a normally staid and calm atmosphere where the usual music repertoire consists of soothing classical music or soft jazz.
Want to know how to cook for hundreds of soldiers or sailors? While recently searching for a coworker whose grandfather was a Navy cook on the U.S.S. Missouri, I stumbled across these little gems online. Just Google "U.S. Army" or "Navy Cookbook," and you will find out exactly how much it took to feed a unit of hungry fighting men. With minimum portions of about twenty and usually around one hundred or more; the sheer amounts of ingredients are a bit hard to fathom.
People everywhere were watching it and talking about how great of a show it was. I resisted for as long as I could, but finally, curiosity overwhelmed me, and I decided I just had to find out why everyone loves Duck Dynasty. My husband resisted for quite a bit longer than I managed, but in the end, he gave in and now he’s hooked, as well.
But, how to catch up on what has been happening with the Robertson family?
For all his success – the positive reviews and appearances on bestseller lists and attention from Hollywood – Daniel Woodrell probably isn’t destined to become a staple of high school literature curriculums. Winter’s Bone was a great read, and maybe an even better movie, but it’s not The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Here at the Midwest Genealogy Center, we remember our veterans every day as we utilize the resources available in our building (books, microfilm/fiche, and periodicals), in our online databases, and even the Internet.
My mother told me that her grandfather, Charles Curnow Ladner, fought in World War I and was missing in action. She said her grandmother believed that he suffered from shell shock and would one day come walking through the door. He never did return from the war, and my mother never knew what happened to him. I decided to find out. World War I service records are available, so I got a copy of my great grandfather’s dossier. His service records contained not only service information, but also letters that my great grandmother, Emily, had written.
When the weather starts to turn cold, it’s always a sign for me to start knitting up my holiday handmade gifts. I am the type of knitter who waits until the last minute to start working on projects, so knits that are short, sweet, and to the point are perfect.
This year’s plan for holiday gifts: Hats.
I’ve already had the chance to place several books on hold for needlecrafts and have looked through some books with great patterns to base my hats on.