Monday, September 26, 2011

Book group features "Faithful Unto Death" and a whopping farm dinner

Deb B. hosted the book group this month and, in keeping with the farm family theme of "Faithful Unto Death", served a SPLENDID repast of ham, white and sweet potatoes, misc vegies, apple pie, and other savories and treats.

Folks asked interesting questions (the children called Orah "Orah", but my dad says, "We called her Grandma because she was the only one we knew") and were VERY kind in their comments.  They liked the details of life in those days, and the character depictions.

Photos below of the gathering.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Correction to family tree--Orah didn't die in 1924 but in 1947.

That blasted Heritage Family Tree site won't let me make corrections on it.  I need to find a better tool for charting all the relationships, gak.  Maybe I should just use powerpoint or Word and draw little boxes linked together.  It would sure be easier than those easy-to-use family tree things I find on the web.  I fear that this Heritage site is a Mormon plot to drum up more souls for after-death baptism or whatever the hell it is they do. 

But Orah lived much longer than Henry.

Book group features "Faithful"--Dinner hosted by Deb features farm menu!!!

Just got home from book group--Deb B. hosted it and served things of a farm family nature (ham, potatoes white and sweet, gravy, breads, vegies of all kinds, apple pie, other yummy things).  Everyone spoke VERY highly of the book, which was lovely; hope folks will offer comments and suggestions privately if they're too nice to do it in public.  :)  The details of life in those times seems to be what people like, more than the mystery of who killed Anna.

Most folks agree with my theory of 'who done it'.

Next up, trip to Benzonia for their grand "Haunts of Benzie County" event, followed shortly after by a trip to the library at Tipton, thanks to Cherie and her connections.  Onward!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Yowza, Grand Rapids Press weighs in!

This is the 9/4/11 issue of the Grand Rapids Press, "16 good books with Michigan ties".  I hope they don't find out that I use one of their very bad articles (circa 1980) about the murder as an example of how much the story, over time, was influenced by rumor and opinion, and how little by actual research.

It was pretty evident from the first trial transcript that gossip and innuendo influents events even in the courtrooom.  "Is there a clear path of evidence showing the accused committed murder?"  "Well, he was carrying on with the  housekeeper"  "Guilty!  Send the murderer to prison for life!"

Things don't change much?