Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Virginia

Jamestown, the first of the original 13 Colonies was founded for the purpose of silk cultivation. Silk to be traded with the Court of King James. After blight fungus destroyed the mulberry trees (silkworm food), sericulturist planted tobacco as a cash crop. Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Vermont

Vermont's state capitol building is one of only a few to have a gold dome. Atop the dome is a statue of Ceres.  With a population of fewer than nine thousand people, Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest state capital in the U.S. Montpelier, Is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Utah

Completion of the world's first transcontinental railroad was celebrated at Promontory where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. It is now known as Golden Spike National Historic Site Because of the state's inland location Utah's snow is unusually dry. Earning it the reputation of having the world's greatest powder. 14 Alpine ski resorts operate in Utah. State symbol: The Beehive symbolizes thrift and industry.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Texas

The Alamo is located in San Antonio. It is where Texas defenders fell to Mexican General Santa Anna and the phrase Remember the Alamo originated. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas liberty and the state's most popular historic site.  Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation. The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Tennessee

Tennessee won its nickname as The Volunteer State during the War of 1812 when volunteer soldiers from Tennessee displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans. The Tennessee Aquarium is the largest facility of its kind to focus on fresh water habitat. It features 7,000 animals and 300 species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every Friday and Saturday night since 1925.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Books I read in October 2015

I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich  this one was made into a movie starring Barbara Stanwyck called No Man of Her Own. Of course, Hollywood made it a happy ending and the book is a little darker.
Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon very creepy Stephen Kingish type book about a girl who goes missing and her family thinks she was stolen by fairies. I'm gonna look for more by this author.
A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear (library)a very sad book. It might be my reaction to grief, but there is a lot of sadness in this mystery. I enjoyed it, but don't look here for sweetness and light
Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh (library) about a hitman in the future. The descriptive prose made me think of Blade Runner or Minority Report. Lots of violence so warning to those that don't like that.
Doll Bones by Holly Black (library) a YA book, and really really good!! Creepy Ghost story stuff. Highly recommend
Vicki Finds the Answer by Helen Wells The Vicki Barr Flight Stewardess series is similar to Nancy Drew. They were written and published from 1947 to 1964. This is the second title in the series. Through her job as a stewardess, Vicki gets involved in mysteries and solves them. The job of a flight attendant is of course highlighted and the books are fun for me to read because of that.
Doc by Mary Dorla Russell (library) The Doc Holiday Story! I loved Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday in the movie Tombstone and now I just love Doc Holliday. There should be a movie just about Doc Holliday!!
The Three by Sarah Lotz (library) I really enjoyed Day Four by this author last month, so this is another paranormal thriller by her. Creepy stuff
The Black Path of Fear by Cornell Woolrich another Noir Novel by this master. I cannot believe I never heard of this man until now!!!
Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell (library) This is  my second read of this book, I read it last spring and enjoyed it.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (library) In a month where everyone is talking about "Back to the Future", it seemed appropriate that I was reading this novel about time travel and multiple lives!
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight (library) great mystery, I liked the use of multiple viewpoints to keep you on your toes, so I was figuring it out as it unfolded
Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson (library) I liked it, but it was not as riveting as I had hoped. If you are interested in the subject matter, you will enjoy it. (non-fiction account of divers discovering a real Pirate Ship!)
Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders by Julianna Baggott (library) About the daughter of a famous eccentric author. I liked it
Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie rereading this one for the holiday! :-)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: South Dakota

Belle Fourche is the geographical center of the United States of America, designated in 1959 and noted by an official marker and sheepherder's monument called a "Stone Johnnie".  Badlands National Park consists of nearly 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. Badlands National Park contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old.