Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Louisiana Purchase Treaty was signed on April 30, 1803 in Paris, France. James Monroe and Robert Livingston signed the document on behalf of the United States, and Barbé Marbois signed for the Republic of France.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
bronze statue of Edgar Allen Poe in the company of a great raven will be unveiled in Boston later this year. I loved ghost stories as a kid, and read Poe then. I have a book I got when I was a child, and I pull it out from time to time around Halloween hoping to inspire our kids to read it, so far to no avail. If I ever go back to Boston, I will make a point to see the statue.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Thompson Brown House and Blount County Historical Museum, where there was a Civil War reenactment in progress. Sarah has been studying the Civil War at school, and despite her protests, I compelled her to accompany me. She had fun in spite of herself.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Easter at our house was about what you'd expect. Sarah likes a treasure hunt, and so I hid a bunch of plastic eggs in the yard filled with candy and change. I also hid her Easter basket outside, and we boiled and colored Easter eggs, which Sherry has made good use of in tuna fish salad. I am happy that spring has finally really arrived in East Tennessee.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Sybil Ludington road her horse, Star, to warn American townspeople and farmers of the approach of British forces. She was but sixteen years of age, and she more than doubled the distance traveled by Paul Revere before his arrest by the British.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Geographic Information System whiz, lessor, ice skater, painter, bullfighter, astronaut and author. Here she is at a book fair over the river in Knoxville recently promoting her children's book No-No Nona and No-No Nita.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Grace gives her grandmother some love.
Sarah gets into the act . . .,
and then there's a hugfest!
My child and I pose for a picture.
Happy birthday, Mom!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
raccoon invasion last time we visited Estill Springs, I stopped by our local farmer's Co-op here in Maryville and purchased a trap, which I baited on Friday night with this piece of apple. The raccoon took the bait without triggering the trap. On Saturday evening, I upped the ante by baiting the trap with a slice of apple and a piece of doughnut, but the beast didn't touch it, perhaps because we had a bonfire going all day.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Sherry, Sarah and I just returned from a visit to Cades Cove. Sarah is now reconnected to her technology, and Sherry is with quilt, cat and her latest Harry Potter book on the sofa in the living room below. In Cades Cove we saw thirteen deer and a lone turkey, and paid a visit to the Methodist church, where we found a group of three young women, one of whom was playing hymns on the piano. I was pleased to see Cable Mill operating, and they had the mill house open so you could go inside and see its inner workings. After driving the loop road, we found a place to pull off near the creek on the way home to eat a modest picnic of sandwiches and a shared apple. It was a nice outing for us.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Ogle Castle in Northumberland, from whence my family immigrated to North America. Apparently, the castle is now a bed and breakfast establishment.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Today is the day income tax returns and payments are due in the United States, and a day that many tax attorneys and accountants, not to mention taxpayers, are looking forward to putting behind them. It is also about the time the Tennessee Valley Authority allows the water in our local lakes to come up for boating season. We'll have to drive out to Louisville and have a look this weekend.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I recently enjoyed an audiobook biography of Abraham Lincoln (yes, another one), and it mentioned that there is an Ogle County in Illinois. It was named for Joseph Ogle, a Revolutionary War veteran who is descended from my ancestor, John Ogle of New Castle, Delaware. This is a picture of the Ogle County courthouse in Oregon, Illinois.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Sarah asked me not too long ago why there is not a Wonder Man, a counterpart to Wonder Woman analogous to Batman and Batgirl and Superman and Supergirl. I knew that was sort of the point to Wonder Woman I also knew that she was created as a strong heroine girls could relate to who wasn't just a female version of a male superhero, and that she is an Amazon. I knew that the Amazons were a creation of Greek myth, but that was the extent of my knowledge. Fortunately, the Smithsonian has an article that provides more insight, including reports of the graves of warrior women found on the Russian steppes.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Kitty Leeter, which Sarah has treasured since she was a tot. She never has come up with a good explanation for the name. I keep bracing myself for the day when Kitty Leeter suffers the ultimate fate of most toys, which is being outgrown. Sarah still treasures Kitty Leeter, but the toy's status as a prop for an electronic device in this photograph is telling.
I thought the afternoon sun on these oranges the other day was pretty.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I was interested the other day about how cats got to North America. This USA Today article asserts that they originated in the fertile crescent in the Middle East, and only arrived here by ship. It seems the Pilgrims brought them along for rodent control.