Sunday, June 19, 2016

Thinking of my Father today*...

He took me everywhere
with him before I had
to go to school!
I loved it! Can you tell
by the smile?
...on this Father's Day*
He was Daddy until I thought it wasn't cool. Then, he became Dad! 
He'll always be my Daddy!

Dad on Jasper's knee with Lucy
and his older sister, Edna,
who died of a fever not long after.

He was born, William Idus  to Lucy and Jasper Grant in Dover, Arkansas, USA, on December 29, 1907.  He left us almost 24 years ago on June 19, 1991.  

On the farm...yes, I lived on a dairy farm and
got to ride on the baler while 'Daddy'
was baling hay. It was baled and wire-wrapped.
I think of him often and hear his voice in my mind...
Daddy, me, and Hank, my best
friend's little brother (read 'pest':)
on Red.

"Lynne, that's a lazy man's load"...on carrying too much at a time instead of carrying a small load and going back for another small load.  Still guilty!  I think of it as weight training:)  

Dad was a real Razorback fan.  He is holding
a football signed by the players and Coach Broyles
after they won the
1964 Southwest Conference Championship

"Lynne, if you ever make a 'D' at the UofA (Arkansas, Fayetteville), you will be coming home."  Well Dad, I never made a D, but never made much over a 'C'.  Yea, I didn't have to go home!

"Lynne, you never need to tell anyone that you have a college degree."  Just be yourself and they will know that you do. Note: a college degree for me was very important to him. He went to the UofA and his name is on the walk in 1933 and mine in 1962.

We came to understand each other!
"Lynne, you and your Mother have conflicts because you are so much alike.  Please give her some slack." (I don't think 'slack' was in his vocabulary. But, I did for the rest of her life:)

He never said he loved me, but I know he did.  I love you, too, Dad!

On this Father's Day-
Your loving daughter and only child,

Photo Gallery:
At 20

At 26

He was proud to be a Mason
and a Shriner
At his Father's funeral ca. 1953
Although we were not a close
family, he always loved it
when he could get with any of his family...'
4 brothers and 3 sisters
L to R Neil, James Earl, Norman, O.E., 

Dad was the oldest...
Rest in Peace
Dad and Mom are at rest in the Garden of Eden
Crestview Cemetery
Hot Springs Arkansas

*Posted every year on Father's Day

Monday, June 13, 2016

Oh Maryland, My Maryland No. 21 of 50 *

As close as I could get
to Nora Roberts.
She wasn't in the day
we stopped at Turn the Page.
Maryland is one of the States that I have been in and through.  I have been in once and through once.  The first time I stayed in College Park during the Bicentennial Celebration, 1976.  I took the Bicentennial Bus into Washington, D. C. and toured all of the Celebration venues.  I had been to Washington one other time so I am not sure where I went and what I saw.  What I do remember is the bus ride back to College Park.  Unfortunately I stayed long enough to miss the Bicentennial bus so had to take the local just as people were getting off work.  It was crowded and we stopped at every stop and let people off.  I think I last off. It took more that two hours to get to my destination-not a good memory to end a wonderful day.

The second time I went through Maryland on the way to Maine in 2014. We stopped at Boonsboro, home of 'Turn the Page Bookstore', Nora Roberts bookstore.  
Bummer, she wasn't there, but I did the next best thing.  I had my picture taken beside a life-size replica.  They had it set up for the picture.  I guess I wasn't the only one that missed Nora.
We wondered around town and checked out the Inn BoonsBoro.  It was featured in her 'The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy'.  Visitors were not permitted-only guests.  I left a little disappointed, but glad I stopped. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors so passing by Boonsboro was not an option.

*For my "new to my blog" friends...on May 17, 2010, I visited Wisconsin.
I can now say that I have been in, to or through all 50 United States.
I am committed to make an Artist Trading Card "ATC" for each of
the 50 States. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Benjamin Weaver Books by David Liss

I really do not know how I discovered 'David Liss'. I read 'The Twelfth Enchantment' and liked it so I checked out his other books.  I love to read series and noticed that he had written the Benjamin Weaver stories.  I started with the first book and thought 'I really don't have to read this' It seemed like a hard read and would certainly would not be a fast one.   Then, I thought of my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Young.  We had to select a book from the library, read it, and then give a book report.  I selected J. M Barre's 'The Little Minister'.  After the first ten pages I decided it was too hard for me.  It was written in a Scottish dialect that I had to translate before I understood the words.  I proceeded to tell Mrs. Young that I wanted a different book that this one was too hard.  You can guess the answer I got. "No, you can't trade.  I want you to stick with it.'  Although disappointed, I did stick with it and glad I did.  I am also thankful for Mrs. Young.  Because I now know even if its hard, I can stick with it and be glad I did.

I am glad I stuck with David Liss and Benjamin Weaver. Although it was hard at the beginning, the middle, and even the end, I was rewarded with the story and its characters.

First Book in the Series:
A Conspiracy of Paper (Benjamin Weaver, #1)A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not a fast read. Repeat: 'This is not a fast read'. I found it very intriguing. The history of the Exchange was essential to the story. I usually do not like to be educated while reading for entertainment, but the story really relates to the present day stock market. I will admit that some of it went over my head, but I hung in there. I had a hard time visualizing Benjamin during that time period. I usually read in the Regency Era so this was a stretch for me. The mystery was intricate as with any conspiracy. The 'historical notes' and the Q&A with the author were also interesting. I recommend if you are interested in the stock exchange and intrigue in London during the early 1700's.

Second Book in the Series:
A Spectacle of Corruption (Benjamin Weaver, #2)A Spectacle of Corruption
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reading David Liss/Benjamin Weaver is like reading a history book and really enjoying it. As I read this one I was thinking it was almost like history repeating itself. What goes around comes around. I felt like I was there during the campaign and the election. In fact, he was asked that question in his interview in the back of the book. (No, don't read the interview first. It will be more meaningful after you have read the book.) Reading about conditions in the 1700's makes me more thankful that I live in the 21st Century. Of course, the mystery made it even more intriguing. You know from the beginning that Benjamin survives as prefaces it by saying it is his account of what happened. Highly recommend!

Third Book in the series:

The Devil's CompanyThe Devil's Company
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mr. Liss is an amazing historical fiction writer. As best as I can tell this is the last of the Benjamin Weaver novels. His story takes place in the 1700's and covers not only the mystery/suspense/intrigue of Mr. Weaver's projects, but gives it with an intense look at the setting and the times. This story covers activities of The East India Company and how it fit into the culture of the country/kingdom. I love that the dialog is written where I can understand, but yet it is more true to the times. If you want to be entertained and learn something at the same time, I highly recommend the 'Weaver' books!

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