Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bookstores to visit

I just realized it has been a couple of weeks since I have posted. This month has been a series of ups and downs for me so I thought today I would focuse on somthing I love: bookshops. In my internet travels I find all of these lovely bookshops that look amazing and would be fun to visit. So why not share. Some are stores and some are libraries but they are all unique in their own way.

The Abbey Bookshop in Paris

Bath, England

Dublin, Ireland


Thomas Jefferson's Library - Library of Congress

Morgan Library - New York

George Peabody Library - Baltimore, Maryland

York Minister Library

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Five people in history I would like to meet.

I enjoy reading about history and learning histroical figures and places. It is not just American history that I love but World history. So I thought I would give you a glimpse of ten historical figures that I would like to meet and why I would like to meet them as well as a little about them. These are in no particular order. 

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was our third president, a draftsman of the Declaration of the Independence and responsible for the Louisana Purchase. I wold like to meet him because he was an avid reader and had the largest library in the country. In fact you can still to this day go and visit his library which of course is on my list of things I would love to do. I think he was a very smart man and had a lot to say and I would enjoy listening to what he has to say. He did a lot of things for our country which has helped to shape it into what it is. Although I think him and the rest of the forefathers would be rolling in their graves if they know how down hill it has gone. (I do not discuss politics so please do not do so here). He is the person responsible for the Lewis and Clark Expedition which led to the Louisana Purchase. I would like to hear his thoughts on this and what they found. I would also like to hear more about his relationship with Sally Hemings from him not some historians view on it. He also lived for many years in Paris and I would like to hear the stories about this time in his life. He would just have so much history to share that I would love to listen to. A few good quotes from him: Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. I cannot live without books (of course this is my favorite).

Helen Keller
Helen Keller is known for her being deaf and blind but did you know she was an author, a public speaker, a humanitarian and a socialist. I would like to meet her as she was not only a strong person but well accomplished and very educated. She I am sure would have so many stories that she could tell you about her travels and her life experiences for hours on end. I would like to hear from her what kept her so determined and positive in life to do all she did. She had many famous friends like Mark Twain and I think it would be nice to hear about them and what they were like as well as her relationship with her teacher and life long partner in life Anne Sullivan. Helen traveled to over 35 countries in the world so I would also like to hear about her travels and experiences. Her views of visiting other countries would be different than a sighted person so I would like to hear about them and how she experienced it through other senses. A few quotes from Helen that I like are: Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. I cannot do everything but I can do something. When one does closes another opens. But we often look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you have read any books at all you have heard of the Little House on the Prairie books that Laura wrote. Most children have grown up reading them. Did you know Laura got her start in writing by writing magazine articles for the Missouri Ruralist. I would like to meet her to hear of her experiences of being a pioneer. Yes I have read all of her books as well as any book about her that I can get my hands one. She has been an idol of mine for many many years. I think she was a strong woman who braved the untamed lands her entire life and you could not be weak to endure this. She moved a lot as a child and I would like to hear about that. Then I would like to hear about her move to Missouri with her husband and daughter and their experiences of growing Rocky Ridge. She is known for being a nice woman but also did not take any grief from anyone and stood up for what she believed in along with having a little temper. I think she is a person I could have been friends with and would just have loved the chance to meet her. Quotes from Laura that I enjoy are: There's no great loss without some small gain. It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. Home is the nicest word there is. 

John and Abigail Adams
John Adams was our second president as well as helped to draft the Declaration of Independence. His wife Abigail was along his side during all of this and was someone he confided in as well as valued her opinion. They had a very loving relationship and their letters have been published and kept alive so you can see how close they were and how much Abigail influenced and contributed to John's career. I would like to meet this couple for much of the same reasons as the others I have listed. The amount of history these two would have to share would be so interesting to me. I would like to ask Abigail what it was like to be a woman in the turblent Revolutionary times as well what it was like to be married to one of the founding fathers of our country and being related to Samuel Adams. It is hard to imagine the things she had to go through. I would like to ask John about his family's puritan history and if they talked about their journey to America and what it had been like for them. I am sure John would have some great stories about some of the other historical figures of that time and I would like to hear them as well as stories about Thomas Jefferson as they were good friends. Quotes from John Adams: Try and fail but do not fail to try. If you actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more you are a leader. Old minds are like old horses, you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. 

Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter was an author of well known children's books as well as an illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist. As a child we all in love with the characters of Beatrix's books such as Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Jeremy Fisher. Here is a look at many of her characters.

I would like to meet her to tell her how much I love her illustrations and enjoyed reading her books to my kids when they were young. I just love Peter Rabbit and have to say he is one of my favorites. It would be nice to sit and listen to her tell you stories about all the animal as she would speak with. I would like to here how she decided to start writing and drawing in her own words as well as what her family thought of this. It would be interesting to hear about how she got into the publishing industry and any trials she endured and how she dealt with them. I would also like to hear more about her relationship with Norman Warne who was her editor as well as her fiance. Another thing I would like to know is what she thinks about how famous her books have become, did she ever imagine they would be so widely loved. In her later life she gave up writing and replaced it with farming and raising sheep. I would like to know why she chose to do this. It was nice that in her will she gave her lands to the National Trust so they could not be developed but preserved to future generaions could enjoy and I would like to thank her for that and hope to one day to be able to visit and enjoy them myself. Quotes by Beatrix: Thank goodness I never went to school: it would have rubbed off the originality. Accept the present moment as if you have chosen it. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and nevermind the rest. 

Who in history would you like to meet?