a really neat, interesting, cool calendar of events which I’ve refered to now & then – for sometime now – to find tidbits of significance about any particular day, a peoples’ history: http://www.eskimo.com/~recall/bleed/calmast.htm
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The “Old Dominion State” entered the union 220 years ago today, as the 10th state of the U.S.A.
Home of Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, Woodrow Wilson, Tom Wolfe, & Ella Fitzgerald, its capital is Richmond & its motto is “Sic Semper Tyrannis”, the same phrase said to have been exclaimed by John Wilkes Booth right after he shot President Lincoln.
by Joan Bauer, 1999, 185 pages
finished reading it yesterday
fictional story of mid-teen years of main character Ivy Breedlove, (best friend Octavia Harrison (who is into sociology), pet dog Genghis, & Jack Lowden (wilderness-guide-to-be & who winds up being her current “interest”/boyfriend))
Ivy is into the family stories of the Breedloves (ancestory, etc.) & history in general
with the support of her Aunt Tib, she spends the the duration of the book collecting information for a Breelove history book of sorts, (while her Aunt Fiona would rather do a quick & shallow version of the family history), Ivy being an only child, Egan, a cousin once-removed, is a fellow family member close to her age that pops into the story at regular intervals, many of the Breedloves are/were lawyers (on her Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather, Millard Breedlove’s, gravestone, it is etched “O, wouldst that all my sons be lawyers / Lest my heart break with the anguish / That they have become lesser men“), as the book unravels though, Ivy relates to her estranged Aunt Josephine in being different then the lawyers in the family, & the plot develops as quest for her to find her Aunt Josephine (with the help of Wilderness Guide Mountain Mama) & then spend time/get to know Josephine (“Jo”), who lives up in the mountains, lives with & cares for many many many birds, & has a pet wolf, Malachi, as well as reintroduce “Jo” to the family of Breedloves (& vice versa)…
other characters: Dan Breedlove (Ivy Breedlove’s father) Uncle Archie, William Wasington “Iron Will” Breedlove (Ivy Breedlove’s grandfather) (gravestone read: “Justice was his chief end.”) G. Preston Roblick (Headmaster of Long Wharf Academy (school Ivy Breedlove attends)), Claude (ex-boyfriend), Mrs. Englebert (neighbor)
I agree with the themes that history is important, that researching ones roots definitely gives one a better sense of self, & that loners deserve respect & acceptance like anybody else… found it to be a semi-worthy read.
“I love to stand on the porch and gaze at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, the oldest mountains in the United States.
Mountains draw you to a deeper place in yourself.”
“I’ve got the two things a good interviewer needs: curiosity and patience.”
“…stuck in the backwater. “Backwater” means an isolated or backward place or condition; it had become a favorite Breedlove expression..”
“You can’t pursue history without finding hope.”
it’s been 150 years since Clarence Darrow was born, here’s to him..
- “Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.”
- “True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”
- “I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means.”
- “As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.“
- “To think is to differ.”
- “No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed.”
- “History repeats itself, and that’s one of the things that’s wrong with history.”
- “The pursuit of truth shall set you free – even if you never catch up with it.”
- “There is a soul of truth in error; there is a soul of good in evil.”
- “You can protect your liberties in this world only be protecting the other man’s freedom. You can be free only if I am free.”
- “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.”