Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Idaho

Idaho is a mountainous state with an area larger than that of all of New England. It borders the  Canadian province of British Columbia to the north, Montana to the northeast, Wyoming to the east,  Nevada and Utah to the south, and Washington and Oregon to the west. The network of dams and locks on the Columbia River and Snake River make the city of Lewiston  the farthest inland seaport on the Pacific coast of the contiguous United States.  Idaho's nickname is the "Gem State", because nearly every known type of gemstone  has been found there. In addition, Idaho is one of only two places in the world where star garnets  can be found in any significant quantities, the other being India. Idaho is sometimes called the "Potato State" owing to its popular and widely distributed crop. The state motto is Esto Perpetua (Latin for "Let it be forever").
Since I moved to Washington State in the early 90's I have been able to visit Idaho a lot. Wonderful state!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Hawaii

Hawaii is the 50th and most recent U.S. state to join the United States. It joined the Union on August 21, 1959. It is the only U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one made up entirely of islands. 
Hawaii is one of four states, besides the original thirteen, that were independent prior to becoming part of the United States, along with the Vermont Republic, the Republic of Texas and the California Republic. The Kingdom of Hawai'i was sovereign from 1810 until 1893 when the monarchy was overthrown by resident American (and some European) businessmen. It was an independent republic from 1894 until 1898, when it was annexed by the United States as a territory, becoming a state in 1959. And I gotta say, one of my favorite vacation destinations. I don't think I could live there, but I do enjoy visiting!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Georgia

I lived in Georgia from 1987 to 1989, just after graduating from college. It was established in 1732, the last of the original thirteen colonies and is named after King George II of Great Britain.  In early 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy and became a major theater of the Civil War.  Major battles took place at Chickamauga,  Kennesaw Mountain and Atlanta. In December 1864, a large swath of the state from Atlanta to Savannah was destroyed during General Sherman's March to the Sea. Ryan and I will be spending time here for my birthday when he starts hiking the Appalachian Trail this month! Springer Mountain here we come!!!

Monday, March 09, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Florida

I lived in Florida from 1991 to 1994 in Fort Myers and Tampa. And I have had family in Florida for most of my life from Cudjoe Key to Tierra Verde and many other cities in between.

Since the first European contact was made in 1513 by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon who named it La Florida (Flowery Land), Florida was a challenge for the European colonial powers before it gained statehood in the United States in 1845. It was a principal location of the Seminole  Wars against the Indians and racial segregation after the Civil War. Today, it is distinguished by its large Hispanic community and high population growth, as well as its increasing environmental concerns. Its economy relies mainly on tourism and agriculture, Florida is also known for its amusement parks, the production of oranges, and the Kennedy Space Center.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Delaware

Before its coastline was explored by Europeans in the 16th century, Delaware was inhabited by several groups of American Indians, including the Lenape in the north and Nanticoke in the south. It was initially colonized by Dutch traders at Zwaanendael, located near the present town of Lewes, in 1631. Delaware was one of the 13 colonies participating in the American Revolution and on December 7, 1787, became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby becoming known as The First State.
I used to spend more time in Delaware back in the 70's when my cousins lived in Wilmington.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Books I read in February 2015

Another Country by Mary Bray Pipher (library) about aging in America and dealing with our aging parents, the change in the family over the years. A great book
Cooked by Michael Pollen (library) loved it, especially the bit about NC BBQ :-)
The Headmaster's Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene (library) okay. nothing to rave about
Savage Girl by Jean Simmons (library) okay, fiction about a girl raised by Indians? Wolves? in 1800's frontier, found and brought back to NYC and there is a murder mystery too
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty (library) Caitlin works in a cemetorium/funeral home. I really enjoyed it.
Revival by Stephen King (library) One of his better in recent years
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach (library) a girl takes over someone else's identity online
Worst Noel (library) a collection of short stories about horrible Christmases
The Long Valley by John Steinbeck short stories by Steinbeck
Deadline by John Sandford (library) a Virgil Flowers thriller
The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel (library) I really like her stuff, I have another one in my library queue. This one was about a man whose family is involved in fencing stolen goods and he tries to get out of the family business and go straight
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (library) The book that the movie was based on....a little slow in bits, but enjoyable over all
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey (library) A future where folks have special gifts (sort of like intellectual X-Men) and a terrorist was okay
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson  getting excited about Ryan's hike of the AT starting next month, so was enjoying this one again!
The Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandel (library) I am just a huge fan of this author now!! Can't wait for her to write some more stuff!! I liked this one for the same reason that I liked Station Eleven. The characters stories are all interwoven and they are all connected on many different levels.
An Attempt At Exhausting a Place in Paris by Georges Perec I read a wonderful review of this book and it made me want it. It is all about sitting and observing and what happens when nothing happens. No murder or divorce or fighting or shoot outs. Just life happening all around you.I liked it, but it is definitely not for everyone

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday's Postcard 2015: Connecticut

Connecticut is the third smallest state by area, the 29th most populous and the fourth most densely populated of the 50 United States. Commemorative stamps issued by the United States Postal Service with Connecticut themes include Nathan Hale, Eugene O'Neill, Josiah Willard Gibbs, Noah Webster, Eli Whitney, the whaling ship the Charles W. Morgan which is docked in Mystic Seaport, and a decoy of a broadbill duck.
I'm looking forward to spending more time in Connecticut this year when Ryan hikes the Appalachian Trail!