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By: palmettobug53, 12:50 AM GMT on July 27, 2009


(Sorry - Being lazy and recycling an old image from my photobucket account!)

Thanks to Yoholake, I found out today is Book Lovers Day!

Book Lovers Day

When : August 9th and/or first Saturday in November.

Book Lovers Day encourages you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good book.

Book reading is a great hobby. It's an important one, too. Employers look for it on resumes. Reading is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us both smarter, and happier people.

Book Lovers Day is a great day to celebrate. Just grab an interesting book, find a quiet, cozy place, and crack open the cover. Celebrating Book Lovers Day in August is pleasurable on the deck, under a shady tree, poolside, or in a cozy hammock. If you fall asleep while reading, that's okay. It's all part of the relaxing benefits of being a book lover.


Figured it was time for a new thread, as the old one was starting to smell a bit stale when I'd open the door.

I've got a couple of ideas for a new one but I don't feel like doing all the research tonight.

In the meantime, I'm going back to a topic we've discussed before, with much interest: Books!

I'd like to know what you are reading right now. Do you like it? Is it new or a re-read? Is it by a favorite author or are you trying someone new? On the other hand, if you're too busy right now to be reading, what was the last book you read? How do you choose your reading matter?

I have been going back to the library a good bit this past couple of months. Which is one reason why I haven't been around a whole lot in the evenings. Got my nose in a book, whilst keeping one eye on the TV.

I have several methods for picking out books at the library:

1) Favorite authors - these get a lot of re-reads.

2) I run across a book review in the Sunday paper and it sounds interesting.

3) I hear someone talking about a particular book or author and I make a note to check them out.

4) After watching something on TV (usually PBS) and I liked it, I'll watch the credits to see if it is based on a book. I jot down the author's name.

5) I just browse the shelves in the library and if I see something that catches my eye, like an intriguing title, I add it to my stack and head to check out. I do this one a LOT!

Number 5 is how I found the book I'm reading now, The Mysterious Private Thompson - The Double Life of Sarah Emma Edmonds, Civil War Soldier.

It has turned out to be pretty good. An interesting subject. There was an article in Smithsonian some years back about women who served in the Civil War, on both sides, dressing as men. Some for patriotic reasons. Some followed husbands or lovers. Some managed to get away with the deception. Others were caught.

Sarah ran away from home to avoid an unwanted marriage to a much older man, which was being arranged by her father. She was afraid of being found and knew that it would be hard to support herself as a single woman, on her own, considering the way society was at the time. She lived as a man for several years, supporting herself as a traveling book salesman, before joining the army at the outbreak of the war.

She managed to serve for two years as a military mailman, hospital nurse and aide de camp. (Women nurses were not allowed in camps or in battle zones at that time - they were considered "too delicate" and it wouldn't do for them to see such horrible things) She did desert but the author theorizes that one reason was that she felt she was about to be "outed". She also suffered from recurrent malaria contracted during a campaign and had broken/reinjured a leg in two falls from horses. She wouldn't allow anyone to treat her, for fear of discovery, so by that time, her health wasn't all that good, either.

After going back to civilian life, she went back to dressing as a woman and eventually married. She is the only woman to collect a pension after the war as a woman. There were some women who collected pensions but they continued to live as men after the war and the truth only came out in old age because of illness (the doctor discovered their secret) or at death. It was about 20 years after the war before Sarah applied for her pension. Amazingly, she had the support of her comrades in arms, Company F, Second Michigan Infantry.

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And That's The Way It Was - Walter Cronkite

By: palmettobug53, 2:14 AM GMT on July 12, 2009

The nation's Uncle Walter is gone. I had posted in comments a couple of weeks ago, that there were rumors of his impending death; that his health had taken a turn for the worse. Family spokesmen denied this, saying that he had been sick but that he was home and doing well.

I grew up watching Uncle Walter on TV. His tearful delivery of the news of President Kennedy's death and his joy at announcing that man had now walked on the moon are indelibly engraved in my memory. And who can forget his signature sign off every evening? "And that's the way it is." His reporting from Vietnam and other areas of the world are a far cry from today's blow-dried, talking heads, many of whom are not, nor ever have been, hard core reporters of Cronkite's ilk. So much of today's morning and evening "news" shows have turned into sound bite entertainment, as if the public is too slow, too stupid or doesn't have the attention span for serious, in-depth news.

Even though he has not been a regular on TV in quite some time, he's never been too far from my thoughts and I'll miss him. I wound up sitting up last night until after midnight, watching retrospectives of his life on TV.

Happy sailing, Uncle Walter!

Walter Cronkite, Wikipedia

Art Buchwald on Walter Cronkite, from his 1981 essay

New York Times

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last month, we lost a national treasure, Philip Simmons. We Charlestonians were, and are, inordinately proud of Mr. Simmons. He was a true artist whose work graces dozens of residences and buildings here in the Lowcountry. His work is in museums ranging from the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia SC to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Mr. Simmons apprenticed himself at age 13, to a former slave and ironworker, Peter Simmons. His career spanned 77 years and went from making horseshoes and everyday practical items to decorative gates, window grills and other artistic pieces.

Even after he laid down his hammer, he still oversaw the work at his forge, designing pieces that were then made by his cousin, Ronnie Pringle, and his nephew, Carlton Simmons. His work and artistry will continue.

You can view a lot of his work on Google Images just by searching with his name.

Artist In Iron Dies from the Post and Courier.

The Philip Simmons Foundation

Philip Simmons From the University of South Carolina-Aiken.

Remembering a Master A blog for Drayton Hall.

Pluff Mud Love

Excerpts from Simmon's book, Charleston Blacksmith You might have to click on the image to get it started.

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