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Abraham Lincoln meeting Grace Bedell Posted 4/12/17

Dancing in the Rain posted 1-31-17

Hate/Prejudice Posted 1/3/17

The Angel Behind "It's a Wonderful Life" posted 11/30/16

"A Poll" - Which Would You Rather Be? Posted Nov 9, 2016

Fiorello LaGuardia posted Oct 4, 2016

The Hostage's Daughter (The Church of the Locked Door, part II) posted 9-4-16

The Church of the Locked Door posted 8-6-16

Coach Lou Little posted 7-3-16

Temple Grandin: The woman who helped make the world a kinder, gentler place posted 6-6-16

The Better Angels of Our Nature posted 4-28-2016

William Allen White Posted 3/3/16

There Was a Beaver Once posted 2/5/16

Swaddling clothes.... Posted 12/28/15

The Santa Claus of the Plains Posted 12-2-15

Our American Language posted 11-3-15

Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog posted 9-3-15

The Evil That Men Do posted 8/2/15

The Centering Corporation posted 6/2/15

A Holocaust Mother posted 4/30/15 Hilter's "Brave" Nazi soldiers Rounding up Women and Children posted 4/30/15

American Sniper, the movie, and Ben posted 2/28/15

Illustration for the Newspaper in Education Story, In the Shadow of Evil. Artist: Julie Peterson-Shea .... blog posted 2/1/15

Our Mothers, Edith Boeve and Hazel Goyen posted 1-1-15

An Old Christmas Card posted 11/21/2014

A block from Jimmy's Life Quilt posted 9/3/14

Emily Morgan photo courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society posted 8/9/14

Dr, Edith Eva Eger posted 7/11/14

Daisies are viewed by some as flowers, by others as weeds, depending on where you live. In Kansas, daisies can be tamed, in Montana, they are totally invasive, taking over fields and grazing lands. Posted 5/20/14

The top for this quilt was pieced by my grandmother and great aunts in Wyoming about 1915. My sister, Mabel, quilted it in Montana in 2003 (for me) and I have had it in my home in Kansas ever since. Someday it will go to my daughter, Kelly. Posted 4/22/14

Rosie the Riveter (She epitomized the women entering the work force in WWII) posted 3/17/14

The Fugates of Troublesome Creek posted 1/10/14

Orca Whales -- posted 11/13/13

Carmen Peone, Young Adult Author -- posted 10/5/13

Stealing Watermelons posted 8-15-13

Pet Crows - posted 7/25/13

The Next Big Thing - Books by Lee Rostadt and Janet Squires posted June 20, 2013

Robert Louis Stevenson "Some Fascinating Stories Concerning Life's End" posted 5/4/13

Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel posted April 7, 2013

Phillipsburg, Ks Photo by Shelia Roberts. posted Feb 28, 2013

Abraham Lincoln ---- posted 2/13/13

Emanciaption Proclamation posted 1-1-13

Santa in the window posted 12/7/12

Seth in "A Home For Us" artist Julie Peterson-Shea posted Nov. 7, 2012

"Betty Crocker" Ladies posted 10/8/12

My blue-eyed mother, Hazel E. Cline at 16 Posted 9-3-12

An Interview with Andrea Downing posted 7-31-12

In Cold Blood, a Kansas Murder Posted 7/1/12

Two Versions of an old Nursery Rhyme posted 6/4/12

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart -- Posted 5/2/12

Boeve's Super Service Posted 4/3/12

Meg Justus, author of Repeating History Also see quick links on my Home page for Meg's website Posted 3/1/12

Boys of Baby Lager Camp playing chess, Photo by Ralph Morse, Life Magazine, posted 2/3/12

Hypnosis, once thought to be a sham, can be a vaulable tool to improve our lives. Posted Jan 2, 2012

Title: Atheists and Christmas ....... The painting of Jesus by Akiane Kramark age 8 posted Nov 30, 2011

Title: Autograph Books........Ron (my hus) then called Ronnie 8th grade 1945-46 - posted Nov 7, 2011

Title: Hobo Nickels........ carved by "Bo" George Washington Hughes - posted Oct. 2, 2011

The Buffalo Nickel

Title: Chief Standing Bear Posted 9/6/11

Title: Animal Meteorologists ........ Muffin age 6 posted 8/12/11

Title: The Sleep That is not a Sleep... Rip Van Winkle posted 7-4-11

Title: The Surviving/ Grieving Child - posted May 26, 2011

A Native American Tale posted April, 2011

Title: Embalming Bottles House - posted Mar. 29, 2011

Title: Memoirs and the "Now"in our lives - posted 2/21/11

Title: Even a Sparrow - My son, Ronnie, and the sparrow circa 1975 (note the dirt on Ronnie's chin) posted 1/27/11

Title: Women's suffrage Susanna M. Salter, age 27 Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society, posted 12/28/10

Title: Home on the Range - Brewster Higley's Cabin courtesy of the Kansas Sampler Foundation posted 10/7/10

Title: My sister's Dog - "Sadie" Posted 7/22/2010

Title: Comanche posted 6/28/10

Title: Moses Stocking - Mari Sandoz, 1896-1966 Library of Congress photo, posted 5/14/10

Title: Providence Spring, posted April 18, 2010

Title: Mary Fields - photo courtesy Wedsworth Library, Cascade, MT posted Mar. 17, 2010

Title: The Orphan Trains Photo courtesy of the National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS - posted Feb. 21, 2010

Title: A Nez Perce Heroine -Lewis and Clark: Posted Jan. 2010

Title: Our Immigrant Ancestors - The SS Zaandam: Posted Dec. 29, 2009

Title: The Lowly Pencil - Some pencil pushers: Bro Larry (circled) & class 1946-47, Libby, Mt : posted Dec 7, 2009

Title: The Old Time Cowboy - Me with my Cowboy Daddy Posted Nov. 14, 2009

Title: Did you know? - A Hubble photo of the stars in the universe posted Oct 14, 2009

Title: The Year Without a Summer - Mary Shelley painting by Rothwell 1800-1868 Posted Sept 30, 2009

Title: Early Day Hunting Stories - posted Aug 28, 2009 - Buffaloed by Fairlee Winfield

Title: The Legend of Bad Medicine ( Mountain in the background) July 29, 2009 post

Title: Ally and the Wolves - My granddaughter, Ally, and me with a wolf pup Ally and the Wolves, July 10 , 2009 post

Title: Old Glory The Number Thirteen - July 2 post

Title: Geo Caching - Daughters Kandy and Kathy and son-in-law, Tom, on a geo cache hunt Posted June 23 post

Title: The Free Enterprise Radon Health Mine - Location Boulder, MT May 29, 2009 post

Title: My Birthplace, Libby, Montana April 28,2009 post

Title: Kathleen Sebelius - Ron and I with Kansas Governor Sebelius, now Health and Human Services Secretary May 12, 2009 post

Title: My friend, Angela - A descendant of slaves who settled Niccodemus, Kansas April 10, 2009 post (photo by Carol Yoho)

Title: A Trip to Kentucky - (Kandy's cat) March 2009 post

Title: Margaret Borland, Texas Rancher - (Borland's Tombstone, Victoria, TX) posted March 2009

Blog Archives are located below row of pictures on the left. Date of each blog is listed below the picture that corresponds with the story.

Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell Billings

April 12, 2017

Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Grace Bedell, Delphos, Kansas, Women suffrage, Camron Wright, Susanna M. Salter, The Orphan Keeper, The Rent Collector, Newspapers in Education

My latest Newspaper in Education Story, A long Journey Home, a 16 chapter story set during the Civil War, is presenting running in the following Kansas newspapers: Hays Daily News, Salina Journal, Garden City Telegram, Hutchinson News, and the Ottawa Herald. The story began on March 28 and features two chapters a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
While researching the story I ran across some interesting bits of history. First of all, with Mr. Trump’s assertion that illegal aliens voted, thus creating voter fraud, and kept him from winning the popular vote, it might be a bit of healing balm to his sense of self worth, if he knew, that just like him, our now beloved Abraham Lincoln did not win the popular vote, but did, of course win the electoral vote. It wasn’t folks voting illegally, but the South’s dislike of him for treading on their rights to keep slaves, buying and selling them like any other commodity, that lost Lincoln the popular vote. (I wonder if women could have voted, if it would have made any difference.) (more…)

Better Angels of Our Nature

April 28, 2016

Tags: Othello, Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, Maja Djikie, William Seward, Abraham Lincoln, angels

Research professor, Maja Djikie, at the University of Toronto found that those who read fiction, be it short story or novels, are not as likely to be close minded or rigid in their thinking, and are usually more comfortable with uncertainty. They are also inclined to be more insightful, less likely to make snap judgments, and are more creative thinkers. So it seems we could create a kinder, better world just by reading more fiction and encouraging others to do so as well. Maybe we should build more libraries and advertise them through billboards and TV ads as the antidote to terrorism, and also set a high level of importance in schools on reading fiction with contests and awards, get film makers excited about making horror movies based on a futuristic world of non-readers, and make book clubs for kids and adults the “in” thing. Does that sound far-fetched? Then consider the cults of the world where the many must give in to the demands of the few for the privilege of living in a world where reading matter must be restricted to insure dominance and the thinking brain shrivels and in large numbers can become a grave danger to the world. So in one hand the tolerant and on the other hand the intolerant. A no brainer there. (more…)

Abraham Lincoln

February 13, 2013

Tags: 13th amendment, Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation; Pat Conroy, The Water is Wide, Lincoln Kansas, Buffalo Soldiers, slaves

I saw the movie, Lincoln, yesterday afternoon on Lincoln’s birthday in the Finch Theatre in Lincoln, Kansas. Lincoln, population 1,328, was one of the towns selected to hold a special showing of the film on Lincoln’s birthday. The town, which holds a yearly reenactment of all things Lincoln, and will again this weekend, put on this special event with music, a panel discussion, and food. Many of the attendees were descendants of former slaves, some in the uniform of the Buffalo Soldier. The Lincoln hosts dressed in period dress and it appeared as if all of the really tall men were Lincoln-look-a-likes. Also present was a young woman from California who represented the film company and I assume Mr. Spielberg.

In an interview on TV a few days ago Daniel Day-Lewis said that in his research and actual portrayal of the man he played in the film, he came to love him. (So did I, just watching Day-Lewis as Lincoln.) I plan to see it again and there are few movies I can say that about.
Lincoln was a natural story-teller and his “stories” certainly added to our enjoyment of the film, a light touch in a grim period in America. So in honor of this man who changed our world, whatever our color, with his dogged determination to pass the 13 amendment which established the right to freedom for the slave which the Emancipation Proclamation did not fully do, I looked up some of his stories to share with you.

A traveling preacher called on a frontier family and after a time began lecturing them on their apparent godlessness. The mother insisted they did have a Bible, but she wasn’t sure where it was, so she dispatched the children to look for it. Finally a few tattered pages were brought to light. “Well,” the woman said, “I had no idea we were so nearly out.”

He often made fun of his features, once saying he met a woman while riding horseback in the woods. As I stopped to let her horse pass, she also stopped her horse and gazing at me intently said, “I do believe you are the ugliest man I ever saw.” Madam, you are probably right, but I can’t help it.” “No,” she said, “You can’t help it, but you might stay at home.”

The morning he was to dedicate the National Cemetery, his aides, worried he’d not be on time, fussed at him. “You fellows remind me of the day they were going to hang the horse thief.” Lincoln said. “The road to the hanging place was so crowded with people going to the execution that many of them crowded past the wagon carrying the prisoner. ‘What’s your hurry,’ the prisoner called out. ‘There ain’t going to be any fun until I get there." (more…)

Review on Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

May 2, 2012

Tags: monkshood, Abraham Lincoln, snakeroot, plant poisions, Amy Stewart, coyotillo plant, laudanum, absinthe, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Nancy Hanks

Plants at first glance seem so benign that we cannot imagine them causing any harm, but take a walk with me through the garden of Amy Stewart’s book and see what dangers lurk midst the flora and fauna there. Look at the monkshood plant with its pretty blue flowers. Did you know they are capable of bringing death by asphyxiation? Or, picture yourself walking along a dry riverbed in south Texas and finding a small green shrub with dark berries. You snack on a few berries and several days, maybe weeks later, you feel a paralysis in your feet and then slowly it moves to your lower limbs, then you can’t breathe or talk, and then you die. By the time it kills you, I wonder if even an autopsy can tell your family that you were poisoned by the coyotillo plant.
Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln’s mother, died of milk fever. A common ailment of the early American frontier, the cause was the white snakeroot. Its poison killed horses, cows, and people unaware that the milk they drank was poisoned when the cow ate the white snakeroot.
For those who enjoy a cocktail, there are several members of the plant family that can leave you more than intoxicated. Vin Mariani was a potent mix of coca leaves and red wine, favored by many in the nineteenth century. King George IV liked laudanum, a medicine made from alcohol and opium, with the added touch of brandy. Artists, Vincent Van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec were known to enjoy a drink of absinthe, pale green and highly alcoholic, “The Green Fairy” was often flavored with wormwood, a silvery perennial with a bitter, pungent fragrance. Wormwood contains a potent ingredient called thujone that can cause hallucinations, madness, seizures, and even death.
Many mushrooms are edible, but many are highly poisonous. One such mushroom, the inky cap, a small white bell-shaped plant turns black at maturity. Oddly, it only harms when eaten in combination with alcohol. Most people recover, but cannot drink alcohol for at least a week after ingesting the inky cap.
Pellagra killed and sickened millions of people whose diet consisted primarily of corn. It seems that the niacin in corn cannot be absorbed and if corn is the staple of your diet, you’re in trouble. The symptoms of pellagra, often called the 4-Ds are dermatitis, dementia, diarrhea, and death. Researchers in a British medical journal on pellagra cited the similarities in the symptoms of victims of pellagra and the vampires in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, such as pale skin erupting into blisters if exposed to sunlight, sleepless nights brought on by dementia, digestive problems when eating normal food, and a morbid appearance just before death.
Some plants have more of a reputation than actually causing much harm. The beautiful poinsettia plant that brightens our homes and churches at Christmas is considered highly toxic, but is in reality relatively harmless, it’s sap mildly irritating, but that’s all. Whereas the peace lily, although it probably won’t kill you, can cause skin irritations, burning of the mouth, and nausea. The dieffenbachia or dumb cane plant can inflame vocal chords and leave a person unable to speak. The ficus plant and rubber tree can produce such an allergic reaction as to send a person into anaphylactic shock.
After reading this book, I will never view the many species in the plant world as totally benign ever again. The book contains information on many more “Wicked Plants” and Amy Stewart presents it all in this interesting and highly readable book. Mystery writers, a heads up to you, this book might be the perfect source for an intriguing murder mystery for your “Sherlock” to solve. (more…)