This is the story of Fort Necessity - George Washington's big defeat in his early military career. It is published by the park service and I picked itThis is the story of Fort Necessity - George Washington's big defeat in his early military career. It is published by the park service and I picked it up at the park at the fort....more
The author (and his illustrator) went out with a number of different watermen in all kinds of weather. I suppose part of it is to see how the differenThe author (and his illustrator) went out with a number of different watermen in all kinds of weather. I suppose part of it is to see how the different jobs are done. whether they are dredgers, oystermen, crabmen, etc. I had no idea there were so many different ways to get the oysters. (Oysters I can no longer eat, I might add.)
Illustrations are great. It is good to know that the illustrator actually went out on the water with the author and a boat's crew.
Most of these watermen have been it for many years and their families have been doing it for generations. But many fear it is coming to an end. He went out with one fellow, Cap'n Willy, on his last trip, the day before he "retired" from dredging. And he brought it around back to the Foundation (I'm assuming the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - www.cbf.org.) and how they are trying to bring back the Bay. Which means bringing back the crab, oyster, hake, etc., and keeping the agriculture byproducts out of the estuary.
The last waterman in the book is George, and he usually gets stopped by the Marine Police but he recognizes that they are just doing their job when they give him his citation.
It doesn't romanticize their life. Shows what hard work it is. And essentially how it keeps getting harder because there are less crab and oyster than there used to be and there are more laws from the Maryland General Assembly and the Department of Natural Resources....more
I enjoy these books. They are light, quick reads. Entertaining. People come to Eastport, Maine, for a short visit and end up taking up residence thereI enjoy these books. They are light, quick reads. Entertaining. People come to Eastport, Maine, for a short visit and end up taking up residence there or coming year after year for visits.
Jacobia Tiptree believes she has a haunted house. Jared Hayes, an earlier owner, is supposed to have been a composer and to have had a Stradivarius violing. Jonathan Raines says that Jake has invited her. She can't remember. And he says he wants to look for this violin.
As is the case with any old house, she is constantly rehabbing it.
I had one problem with this book. She didn't do her historical research very well. She brings in reference to the surrender, without a shot fired, of Fort Sullivan in 1816. The problem is that the War of 1812 was concluded in 1815 with the combination of the Treaty of Ghent and Jackson fighting the Battle of New Orleans. The actual surrender of the Fort took place in 1814, I think, prior to Battle of New Orleans which lasted from December 1814 until possibly February 1815.
Didn't she ever hear the song by Johnny Horton - "In 1814, we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the Mighty Mississipp".
I wasn't that crazy about the stalker plotline. It was kind of wacky.
At first, they think that it is something personThis is generally an OK series.
I wasn't that crazy about the stalker plotline. It was kind of wacky.
At first, they think that it is something personal against Jessie. Perhaps someone she beat in a race. I guess some of those mushers can have pretty thin skins where women are concerned. And then they think it is something personal against Alex. Maybe someone he arrested. But it turns out to be a little more wacky than that.
It is kind of adventurous. Alex makes Jessie leave town. She didn't really like that. So she went to her friend's place on some island. That's real smart. You have a stalker after you so of course the place to go is an island where you are the only person.
So I thought this one was a little bit bizarre....more
This was my introduction to Sarah Vowell. I'd never heard on the radio, still haven't. But I saw her on tv one night talking and just knew I had to geThis was my introduction to Sarah Vowell. I'd never heard on the radio, still haven't. But I saw her on tv one night talking and just knew I had to get it.
I loved it. I love travel books. I love true crime books. And I'm pretty big on most books about history. So here we have a fascinating book that combines so many of my loves.
She travels the country with her sister, I think, from one presidential assassination spot to another. Meanwhile, filling us in on fascinating little details about both the assassinator and the assassinee.
I have since come across this book in various used book sales - always in the mystery section....more
This was an interesting tale. Essentially the life and death of a small town in Illinois. The first portion of the book is basically about small townThis was an interesting tale. Essentially the life and death of a small town in Illinois. The first portion of the book is basically about small town life in the late 1800's and early 1900's. And this book pretty much follows the life of the Wagle family. Kelly Wagle was The Bootlegger. Kelly was pretty much the wild one. And we learn about his wild life.
But the real upshot is that Colville was a coal mining town in western Illinois, right near Macomb, which may also have started out as a coal mining town. Matter of fact, they were rivals in most things. Except that Macomb changed with the times and Colville didn't. Colville talked about changing but it never got much beyond the talking stage. And Macomb actually did change - they put in a college and that ensured them a future. ...more
In John Krakuaer's book "Into Thin Air" Beck was left for dead, hence the title. However, he turned up and his wife Peach didn't want to leave him deaIn John Krakuaer's book "Into Thin Air" Beck was left for dead, hence the title. However, he turned up and his wife Peach didn't want to leave him dead. She mobilized their friends and one of them knew someone who knew someone (six degrees of separation) who was able to find someone who was willing to put a helicopter in the air and attempt to airlift him off of Everest.
What wasn't known in the other books about that tragic trip up the mountain in 1996 and he reveals here, is that he had blind on other trips up or down mountains - Danali and Antarctica. Then he had eye surgery but wouldn't wait for the laser surgery that wasn't far off, and he knew, as a doctor, just about how far off it was.
His description of how he came back physically and surgically is quite moving and possibly a little on the clinical side.
After ignoring his wife and family for this mountaineering bug he had he came very close to losing them. It is a wonder she didn't divorce him. But it's amazing what almost dying will do for a relationship. I think she gave him a year to straighten out and she stayed while he was going through his surgical problems.
And, in the midst of this, her brother who had watched over her all her life got cancer. And this book also details the fight they had with his health care company. He couldn't get the operation that might have save his life because he was dying. He was dying because he couldn't get the operation. It kind of health care fight today back to a human face - not that we actually see Howard's face for there are no pictures in this book, which I consider a drawback.
For much of the book he is talking about other mountains. The book is mainly him talking but there are also comments from his wife and kids and other relations and friends. Some of these people talk about how withdrawn he normally was until he started talking about climbing mountains and then he could go on and on. ...more