Saturday, March 26, 2016
I was mystified by the suspenseful title, The Forgotten Schoolhouse:, while waiting to check out books at the library. As I read this dramatic, engaging story, I was captivated by the action and the character of Prudence Crandall. In the 1830s, in the town of Canterbury, Connecticut, when women could not vote and had few rights. Here was a woman that stood up for others and made adversaries with others of similar beliefs for justice and a strong family to back her up even at the cost of possible death or injury to their livelihood and occupations. This story is not just about the right and wrong about the injustice of African American girls,but the happenings of the time,the mindsets of people,the strategy to keep going against all odds: strength and courage of women,men,and African American girls wanting education. I liked the short chapters, the pictures of the people and buildings of the time, what happened to the girls, Prudence, her family, and what changed because of Prudence. This story tells many things and I especially liked to know what the 1800s were like for women. This book is a great book to be used in school to teach our kids about history. I give it 5 Stars. Well Written. Nonfiction
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018BPC0OO Nonfiction historical account of Medical Resorts and Hot Springs in Southern California. Lake Elsinore's Crescent Bathhouse (Upright Picture)
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
This was my first book on the Appalachian trail and first introduction to the AT. I had never heard of backpacking in the USA just Europe. Born and raised in California, I am so shocked how much of the trail system through our country are out there. I started hiking with my family locally just two years ago and love it. So when I heard about this book through my preschool family. I was so excited to read it. It was both entertaining and had so much information on many different tidbits of information I was not aware of. I could picture the Appalachian trail in my head as if I was backpacking with Bill, the author. I could feel his pain, frustrations, and relief at times. I went in thinking this was his account of the adventure, but it was so much more. I really enjoyed reading about his incites about the Forest service, different parts of the trail, where he was from,and how people actually hike: thru hikers who do the whole trail and section hikers that only hike and camp sections at a time. If you are into nature,love to hike, love to read about being in the woods, and want to know more about pushing one's limit,then you will get his take on the AT trail. If you are looking for guidance on how to, what you need to hike, how to prepare to hike long distances, then this is not a good book for that. It is not a "How to" book. He doesn't go into detail about how he prepared for the trip. He talks about his life, how he made the decision to go, his experience on the trail and how it affected him. What he got out of it. How it changed him. I find perspectives very interesting to read about. So if you are like me,then this is the book for you. There are many backpacking videos on Youtube.com and books you can borrow from the library if you want to explore backpacking long distances.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Tuberculosis is considered a historical disease that was once an epidemic in Europe and United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. It has been detected as early as 7000 BC according to ehow.com. It was thought to be a heredity disease,but German microbiologist Robert Koch discovered the microbial causes of tuberculosis in 1882. I have never liked taking pills produced in a lab, but this disease was a contagious disease once known as the "white plague". Doctors early on had little to work with and without any vaccines or effective drub treatment until the 1940s,many people died of this disease affecting the lungs and sometimes other organs.TB would have continued to spread and wipe out populations worldwide if it had not been for modern medicine. In the article, What is Tuberculosis? What causes Tuberculosis?.Last updated June 17, 2015 [Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/8856.php#signs_and_symptoms_of_tuberculosis] that "TB is an infectious disease that usually affects the lungs. It is the second greatest killer due to a single infectious agent worldwide, and in 2012, 1.3 million people died from the disease, with 8.6 million falling ill."