Whatcha Been Doing?

I have been doing lots of things that don’t involve writing blog posts. I went on several trips this summer: In May, I attended the NGS annual conference in Raleigh NC and went on a research and visiting trip with my sister. (gone 10 days) My son got married July 1 in another city in Michigan. I  arranged for a rental house for my extended … Continue reading Whatcha Been Doing?

of time and money

I’ve been reading … White Trash: the 400 year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg (2016) Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance (2016) No matter what you call them – crackers, rednecks, trailer trash, white trash – white people who live on the edges of society are there. Often unseen by the rest of us, they live day to … Continue reading of time and money

Kate Chopin

For a Toastmasters speech, I read aloud Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour”.  This is the story of a woman, who hearing that her husband has died in an accident, realizes that his death frees her of her wifely obligations. The story was published in 1894 in Vogue. The author, Kate Chopin, is one of America’s first feminist writers. Born in 1850, she grew up … Continue reading Kate Chopin

Remodeling a Bathroom

I am finally having my 1960s/1990s bathroom remodeled. It was originally built in the 60’s. In the early 90s, I had a new floor, toilet, and paint put in. The vanity and tub were original, including the laminate top and the tile surround for the tub. We are working through Lowes, so they ship all the supplies here to the house. They are stored in … Continue reading Remodeling a Bathroom

Harrisville – Memorial Day

Harrisville State Park – Harrisville MI, on Lake Huron. The park has a great sandy beach, but the water will be on the cold side. There is a new accessible ramp down to the waterfront. (It has just been installed; I didn’t see it listed in any online guides. It is at the campground beach.) Beautiful campground in a cedar forest along the shores of Lake Huron. I … Continue reading Harrisville – Memorial Day