Category Archives: History

Postage Stamp History and Books

I never made it as a postage stamp collector when I was a child, I had no patience with the gummy hinges and trying to fill a book pre-printed with particular stamps that you were supposed to find. I do … Continue reading

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Several Books and More Handmade Envelopes, Mail, and Letter Writing

I first read The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of the American Myth in November 2011 on inter-library loan, and I wanted to reread it. I’ve held it in my mind for years and because of … Continue reading

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Oh-Oh, Two More Books on the Way

Apparently these two books by Lindsay Nixon have some terrific recipes in them and the ingredients aren’t difficult to find. I’ve been running out of lunch and breakfast ideas, and don’t want to start eating too much peanut butter. I … Continue reading

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Carl and Flo and Irving Introduce Me to Anna Held

Two days ago I was browsing through The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg and I came across a poem mentioning the death of Anna Held. I thought I should look her up because I had never heard of her, but … Continue reading

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The Soapstone Man

After my Dad’s house was sold we each took some mementos. One that I took was an Inuit soapstone carving that my parents were given for Christmas circa 1971. He was in good shape with no chipping or cracking but … Continue reading

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Good Reading in Art History

I don’t often read fictional author Christopher Moore, but he has a new book called Sacré Bleu which is a comedy featuring Impressionist painters and a rather mystical story of how ultramarine blue came to be made and used, and … Continue reading

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The Bon-Bon Spoon Finds a Friend

My oldest sister sent me a care package in the mail and she enclosed a lovely spoon, that I immediately thought would go well with my other silver plate spoon that I discussed in this post from November 2008. To … Continue reading

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