What's New - July 7

Dear Henry,

What's new with you?

It's been a busy couple of weeks here, including a holiday, although, with all of the new "going out" requirements, Fish and I opted to stay in for the Fourth.

I wrote another post about pain and PTSD management called "Obey The Little Rules".

It was one of my dad's rules and one I wish I had adopted much earlier in the process.  I have found that the little acts and rituals of socially acceptable behavior have gone a long way to helping me maintain inner peace and, they assure me that, if nothing else, I will at least be "pressed and dressed" while I'm losing my mind.

I also wrote about a short post about a day trip to The Shrine of Our Lady of the Ozarks, a Catholic church and religious shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Smile located in the hills of Winslow Arkansas, and near Devil's Den State Park and it turned out to be a nice, scenic drive.

After such a cold Spring and early Summer, it got very hot in the last couple of weeks. It was perfect "read on the porch" weather and I got a lot of reading on the porch done. There are several new reviews at www.riteoffancy.com.

The first book was pure brain candy - Agatha Christie's The Man in the Brown Suit.  While Beddingfield isn't Poirot, she wasn't too bad and this book, ultimately, provided THE BEST BOOK QUOTE OF THE WEEK  with the snarky "But there are many fools in the world. One praises God for their existence and keeps out of their way"

On a more serious note, I reviewed the book Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore.  This book brought to life the history of the luminescent clock and watch dial painters of the 1920s.

The plight of these women caused the same upheaval as  Upton Sinclair's The Jungle did, and there were many industrial safety standards created because of the ordeal these women suffered through.

The Bastard by John Jakes was a tale of an inheritance gone awry.  There are quite a few twists, turns, and tangents in this one, but I am a big fan of American colonial period fiction.  Still, I don't think I will continue with the series, I struggled liking the characters.

And finally, I read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, this book joined two bits of history, Kentucky's Blue Fugates, and the packhorse librarians into one great story about biases and poverty.  I couldn't put it down.

I also wrote a brief biography of St. Bernard of Clairvaux.  Did you know that he was the architect behind the Rules of Chivalry the Knights Templar followed?

Over at www.everydaypatriot.com I also managed to keep busy.

I began writing about Specialist Wade Elliott Hector, an Army National Guardsman from New Hampshire's 744th Transportation Company who deployed to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf war and would die during his service.   

It became clear, however, that I also needed to write about Navy Storekeeper 1st Class Hector Eugene Wade who had served during WWII aboard the USS Fury and the USS Kerstin. 

I also discovered US Army Chief Warrant Officer Thalia Suzanne Ramirez, a helicopter pilot who loved to play Call of Duty and deployed to Afghanistan. She would lose her life during her service when her Kiowa crashed after taking fire.

Finally, there was Brigadier General Jacob Zeilin, another one of the old-timey (pre-Civil war!) Marines that are so much fun to read about.  He would become the Seventh Commandant of the Marines before he retired.

I have a couple of plans for the following week, there is the Ozark Spook Light that I want to try and catch and I really want to see Blanchard Springs and Caverns, but really, you never know where I am going to end up.

xoxo a.d.



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