It's Beginning...

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw
Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)”
“To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero (via ancestry-stickynotes)
ancestry-stickynotes:

The elderly man holding the fishing pole is Adam Bickett Kendall, 1829-1911, my great-great-grandfather’s brother.  The young man in the middle of the back row is his nephew David Herman Kendall, and the rest are likely family members too.  Everybody except Great-Uncle Bickett is ready for haying — probably on his farm near Lee’s Summit, Missouri. This photo was in a box handed down by my great-uncle’s widow.  She took photos of people she knew out of the box and said if no one else wanted it, she’d throw it out.  Thank goodness she didn’t!
Lisa Fleming

ancestry-stickynotes:

The elderly man holding the fishing pole is Adam Bickett Kendall, 1829-1911, my great-great-grandfather’s brother.  The young man in the middle of the back row is his nephew David Herman Kendall, and the rest are likely family members too.  Everybody except Great-Uncle Bickett is ready for haying — probably on his farm near Lee’s Summit, Missouri. This photo was in a box handed down by my great-uncle’s widow.  She took photos of people she knew out of the box and said if no one else wanted it, she’d throw it out.  Thank goodness she didn’t!

Lisa Fleming

Classics

I have an ongoing love affair with old books. Working at a library, I have first dibs on the old, worn donations people bring in to us. We can’t put those crumbly, moldy books on our shelves, but I cannot bear to have them tossed into the dumpster. So every day I come in to work, I go through the stacks of unusable books and pull the ones I want. I have quite a collection now—Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Poe, etc. I have school books dating to the mid-1800s. The oldest book is one entitled “Mackenzie’s Five Thousand Receipts” (Recipes) which was published in 1830. It is just filled with recipes for everything from food to medicine to perfume. It even tells how to mix paints and get clothes white!

This year I hope to read several of those classic books. Maybe I’ll even share some of those ancient “secrets” here in this blog.