Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Ireland


Ireland during the 1970's County Clare and County Down  Happy St Patrick's Day this week!
All the postcards that I am highlighting this year came from a box of postcards that my cousin Holly sent to me! Thank you Holly!! And another friend, Kim Little just sent me a bunch of postcards....(and I know she just recently moved and has been downsizing!! LOL) So this is in no means a request for everyone to send me their stacks of postcards, but they are very very welcome. Better send them to me than put them in the recycle bin!!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Amanda Arkebauer in CUBA !

"This was taken in the courtyard at Morro Castle." "Mr Sewell from San Antonio, TX" and my father George Arkebauer aged 15 months. "The dog belongs to the soldiers" (at the Fort).
In November of 1937, My Grandmother, Amanda Arkebauer took my father, who was then 15 months old and traveled to Havana, Cuba from Fort Wayne, Indiana. All I know about that visit are from these photos that were in a photo album I inherited when my Grandmother died.   Two of the photos had captions on them. The above photo of Mr. Sewell from San Antonio, TX ( who it is written, carried my father around all day) and the photo below of Margaret and my Dad on the roof gardens of the Plaza Hotel. I am not sure who Margaret is....but I was in Salt Lake City at the Genealogy Center there and I found the records from when they returned from this trip to Cuba.  Among the passengers is Margaret Nixon from Akron, Ohio and I imagine that that is who this Margaret is. Unfortunately, everyone who could tell me more about this trip and these photos is deceased. 

"Margaret and Sonny on the roof gardens of the Plaza Hotel in Havana"

My Grandmother, Amanda Arkebauer, is in the center with the white purse, Margaret on the left, Mr Sewell from San Antonio, TX on the right behind my Dad and I have no idea who the other woman is in their party.



Next week, Ryan and I are traveling to Havana, Cuba. I hope to follow in the footsteps of my Grandmother and infant father and visit the Morro Castle and the Plaza Hotel. And my message to everyone is, talk to your parents and grandparents NOW. Go through their photo albums and get the information now, who are these people? Because when they are gone, all you will have are photos of people that you do not know and the stories behind the photos will be lost. I am lucky that two of the photos had a lot of information scrawled on the back of them. 
Amanda Arkebauer and George Arkebauer Cuba 1937
The manifest I found in Salt Lake City with my Grandmother and Father returning to Miami from Cuba in November of 1937 


Monday, March 06, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Cotswold


These are postcards from Cotswold in England. 
There are always areas of England that I have not explored yet!! I need to go back. 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

2017 Reading List February


                                        August Macke (German)  Elizabeth Reading, 1911




The Wright Brothers by David McCullough  (Audiobook) My history lesson for this month. I really enjoy his books and this audiobook was read by the author. great stuff!
Sandra of the Girl Orchestra by Ruby L Radford an antique YA book I am reading for fun. Sandra owns a very special violin and there is a mystery surrounding it. Lots of great period fashions and such.
The Residence by Kate Anderson Brower (library) I really enjoyed this book about the staff of the White House. The author says she was inspired by watching Downton Abbey. If you liked the movie The Butler, this book gives an even more in depth view of all the staff behind the scenes from the White House chefs and Florists to the painters and plummers.
The Book of Small by Emily Carr set in Victoria, BC in the late 1800's. I loved this look at life then through the eyes of a little girl. Similar to Anne of Green Gables in her lust for life and her affinity for getting into trouble. I highly recommend.
Mischling by Affinity Konar (library) The story of twins during the Holocaust who were part of Mengele's "Zoo" very good, but of course it is grueling to read about. Ryan and I are considering a visit to Poland soon with a visit to Auschwitz so this is part of my prep for that trip.
Good As Gone by Amy Gentry (library) ripped from the headlines....a girl returns home.....years after being abducted. Is it really the child they lost? What happened to her all those years away. The family was broken, devestated etc. I saw a really neat documentery about a boy and the one who returned was a scam artist who took advantage of the grieving family. Anyway this book was really interesting and I enjoyed it
Lost in My Own Backyard by Tim Cahill (library) about Yellowstone National Park. A nice overview and can lead you to more books for more in depth info
Mr Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (library) I really enjoyed this one. a fictional account of a girl working in the War Cabinet Rooms for Churchill....if you like Maisie Dobbs and the Lady Georgiana books by Rhys Bowen, then you might like this one too.
The Spy by Paulo Coelho (library) About Mata Hari, I really enjoyed it
Irrepressible, The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham (library) loved this one, it is non-fiction about the life of a woman who was rich and liberated during the Jazz age. She ran around with the Bloomsbury Group in London and had affairs with men and women. The author is the great niece and was intrigued because no one in the family wanted to talk about her great aunt, so she started researching the life of this woman and found many love letters that were the basis of the information in the book.
Escape Clause by John Sandford (library) The latest Virgil Flowers mystery/thriller. Two tigers are stolen from the Minneapolis Zoo and Virgil Flowers has to find them before they are killed for their parts. I am a huge fan.
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (library) In light of what is happening in America right now, everyone should read this book. It was written in 1935.
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik (library) A thriller about some women who go on a girls rafting trip into the wilds of Maine. I recommend it
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty (library) I recently watched the BBC mini series, so of course I HAD to read the book!! the first half is great and the second half gets bogged down with the courtroom scenes. Sort of like when you watch Law and Order. I always enjoy the part with the cops and detectives figuring out the crime, but when they get to the courtroom and have to get into the proof and the defense etc, I get bored. And of course the book is better because you get so much more detail. Descriptions of feelings and the descriptions of place are much more rich in the book, although the mini series does do a good job of it
The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood (library) another "ripped from the headlines" story of child abduction. I liked it (another British author)
S. by Doug Dorst and J J Abrams okay, this is a weird book/experience. The novel is presented as a story within a story. It is composed of the novel Ship of Theseus by a fictional author, and hand-written notes filling the book's margins as a dialogue between two college students hoping to uncover the author's mysterious identity and the novel's secret plus loose supplementary materials tucked in between pages.
S. has been called "part work of art, literary experiment, and love letter to the physical expression of books."
As someone who loves physical books and hates reading online or on a kindle this book is just wonderful!! The authors intended the book as a physical object, and not just a story. Abrams noted that "to physically hold it is kind of the point." One reviewer called S. an argument for paying extra for a physical book, "a possessor of wonders that cannot be translated into digital bits."

The NewYorker had a neat review of the book and maybe does a better job of explaining it.
NewYorker Review
A Separation by Katie Kitamura (library) A woman's husband goes missing while they are in the midst of a divorce.


Plus another note....I still to this day learn new words by reading! A word used in one of these books this month was coruscating...what the heck...."there's that coruscating smile"  So I had to dig out the dictionary and figure out what coruscating meant. I will save you the google and here ya go:  Coruscation:  cor·us·cat·ed, cor·us·cat·ing, cor·us·cates. 1. To give forth flashes of light; sparkle and glitter: diamonds coruscating in the candlelight. 2. To exhibit sparkling virtuosity: a flutist whose music coruscated throughout the concert hall.

To Be Read:

Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye
The Reserve by Russell Banks
The Dry by Jane Harper
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins


Monday, February 27, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Virginia


In honor of my sister's Birthday, I am posting two postcards from Virginia near where she works now!! Newport News and Williamsburg, VA   Happy Birthday Alisa!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Spain




These postcards are all from the 1970's in Spain. Granada and Seville are represented here. I spent some time in Spain last fall and I would love to go back again this year!

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: New York City


New York City is always a fun tourist destination and everyone is sure to send postcards when they visit! I know lots of my friends will appreciate the Algonquin postcard!