Sunday, Ordinary Sunday…

Sunday is my least favourite day. It just seems worse than Mondays, because Mondays, at least, are a fresh start. A do-over. Poor Sunday. It just seems to epitomize that droning-meeting-white-noise bored feeling.

But the real issue is that I’m sick. Allergy sick. I got allergy tested (Thank you, Medicaid), and discovered that not only am I allergic to the grasses that make up those dumb turf lawns that are so popular back in my home state, but also a fair bit of trees, certain  kinds of mold, hay, dust, and feathers, of all things. Guess I won’t be going out and hugging any more trees anytime soon. *laugh*

So, when I was cleaning out the art supply closet at work, I got sick. Like almost instantly sick. Within in a few hours, I started to get a sore throat. It wasn’t until a few days later that I found out there was mold growing on some stuff in the closet. By then I was really sick. Lost my voice and everything, but at least it supported the results of the allergy test. But, do you know how BLOODY hard it is to supervise a whole passel of overly excited little munchkins when you can’t even talk? Luckily, the kids are some of the most amazingly sweet kids I’ve ever met, so I was spared a Lord of the Flies reenactment. *laugh*

This morning, I even dreamed I was cleaning out and organizing an artist’s studio. Which would have been really annoying in that I was dreaming about something I’d been doing all week. Except that the studio was an open air one, surrounded by a low stone wall, and real green grass growing everywhere. And it was warm,  but not too hot, the sky was a soft blue with clouds, and there was that wonderful kind of breeze that comes off the ocean–playful and mysterious and reminding you that nature is a conscious, vibrant entity.

And then I got a sense of my muse being present. Not really in person, just a feeling they were watching me (from afar) enjoy the wind blowing all my bad feelings away and tangling my hair. It was too poignant, and too simple to even exploit for a poem, but I just wanted to acknowledge them in some way, in case they are out there reading this blog from an alternate dimension. Even though I know perfectly well they are just my creative mind speaking to me, I haven’t been able to make that connection to the part of my brain/soul that’s epitomized by said muse. But, still, I’ve been missing you, my Muse/figment of my imagination.

And now I have to go clean my own house on this prosaic, ordinary Sunday. While dreaming of an ideal day that was shared over at a blog called “Scotland with the Wee White Dug”. Rain, a quirky museum, and scotch? Honestly, what could be more fabulous?

https://theweewhitedug.com/2017/02/18/hooray-for-rainy-days-in-edinburgh/

Mysteries at the Museum Season 11!

<–History Nerd!

Mysteries at the Museum Season 11 airs this Friday, July 1st! Don Wildman is awesome! And, yes, I have been known to utter, in museums, “Hey, I saw that (or that exhibit/artifact) on Mysteries at the Museum!” which elicits equal/like excitement from the museum staff.

(Doesn’t quite have the same impact on dates, though. LOL)

http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/mysteries-at-the-museum

Course, I’m a season behind, so I have some catchin’ up to do! Which is not bad, usually I’m two or three (or an entire show) seasons behind. (Just started watching a show called Leverage, for example–around football, of course.)

Some of my favourite history museums/other museums/historic sites:

http://www.americanvictory.org/

http://www.flanneryoconnorhome.org/

http://www.britishmuseum.org/

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Egmont-Key

http://www.roswellufomuseum.com/

http://tinkertown.com/

There’s so many, that I’ve probably forgotton my absolute favs, but that’s all I can remember for now.

And so many more on my bucket list…especially after watching Mysteries at the Museum!

 

 

Funeral Practices in History

For this week’s #TBT, I decided to give you all a little morbid fun!

Gibbs:
He stay at your place?

Abby:
Yup.

Gibbs:
You sleep in the coffin, McGee?

McGee:
Coffin? You said that it was a box sofa bed.

Abby:
Well… it is! Sort of…

McGee:
That’s why you wouldn’t turn the lights on. I can’t believe I just slept in a coffin.

Abby:
…Not just slept.

Bibliography/Source:  “NCIS , Season 1 Quotes.” Quotes.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 4 Feb. 2015. <http://www.quotes.net/show-quote/58221>.

Onto the links!

When I was living in North Carolina and going to grad school, I learned about Decoration Day (it’s what prompted this blog). Here’s a review to a book called Decoration Day in the Mountains: Traditions of Cemetery Decoration in the Southern Appalachianshttp://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=30450

History of the African American funeral service: http://www.woodsvalentinemortuary.com/The_History_of_African-American_Funeral_Service_320351.html

A more general guide to American cemeteries and such: http://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/nrb41/nrb41_5.htm

From the National Museum of Funeral History: http://www.nmfh.org/exhibits/mourning/info.php

“I ain’t afraid of no ghost” (Ray Parker, Jr.): http://friendsofoakgrovecemetery.org/victorian-funeral-customs-fears-and-superstitions/

A quick overview of burial practices in ancient times: http://www.ancient.eu/burial/

Another great quickie overview site: http://sellersfuneralhome.com/pages/services/historic.html

I think it’s interesting that I’m seeing funeral homes incorporating the history of funerals and burial practices on their websites: http://bartonfuneral.com/funeral-basics/history-of-funerals/

From the online Encyclopedia of Death and Dying:

http://www.deathreference.com/Bl-Ce/Cemeteries-and-Cemetery-Reform.html

http://www.deathreference.com/En-Gh/Funeral-Industry.html

Some random book I found–The History of Death: Burial Customs and Funeral Rites, from the Ancient World to Modern Times http://www.amazon.com/The-History-Death-Customs-Funeral/dp/1599212013

Chapter IV (in/via Sacred Texts): Wakes, Mutes, Wailers, Sin-Eating, Totemism, Death-Taxes http://www.sacred-texts.com/etc/fcod/fcod07.htm

Egypt (of course): http://www.carnegiemnh.org/online/egypt/funerarycustoms.html

Delicious Food, Circus History, and Trains!

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(All photos taken by me–copyright disclaimer)

So, as many of you probably know, Sarasota’s (Florida) history is interwoven with the history of the Ringlings and their notable circus, and even the history of circus in general. If you drive north of Sarasota, a little ways up the interstate, you’ll find the town of Gibsonton, which is where Scully and Mulder embark on an investigation at in the “Humbug” episode of The X-Files. (Trivia Note: I have seen The Jim Rose Circus perform live–great show!)

Anyway, a little off-the-beaten path (make sure you have good directions, especially if you’re not from here!) is a collection of railroad cars, including Jomar (John and Mable Ringling’s private railroad car), that are being restored to operating/original condition. Here’s the best part: one of the Pullman cars on the site has been refurbished and is the home to a dining establishment called “Bob’s Train”. Yes, you can eat in one of the cars, and owner/chef Bob Horne will also talk your ears off regale you with fascinating stories about circus history, including his own experiences within the circus “family”. The train cars also double as a museum that houses Bob’s collection of circus memorabilia–photographs, flyers, artwork, and artifacts.

Here’s the restaurant’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Sarasota.Suncoast.Railroad, (it has better photos than mine, and also the menu offerings) and I’ve posted some other miscellaneous links for more information–let me know how you liked your dining adventure!

Additional info: http://bobstrain.blogspot.com/

Short Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HonA1WHwHGk

Bunch of Articles:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34618-d4014586-Reviews-Bob_s_Train-Sarasota_Florida.html

http://www.ticketsarasota.com/business-directory/bobs-train-restaurant-cafe/

http://patch.com/florida/sarasota/bp–bobs-train

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110612/ARTICLE/110619832

Gift-Giving Ideas for History Junkies!

For Throwback Thursday, I figured I’d post up some gift-giving ideas for history junkies like me! Books, of course, are always a great choice! Ask me in comments for recommendations! (<–MA in history/academic/voracious reader) Or, just visit my Goodreads page (

Great History Videos from PBS! http://www.shoppbs.org/category/index.jsp?categoryId=2729308, Including the dramatized Bletchley Circle, which is fabulous! http://www.shoppbs.org/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=bletchley%20circle&origkw=bletchley+circle&sr=1

A gift membership to a local history museum, historic site, or National Park site. (An example, here http://www.npca.org/ways-to-give/gift-memberships.html, or just stop by your local museum.)

There’s also a National Parks Passport Program: purchase/enroll here: http://www.eparks.com/store/home/9221/Theme-Passport/

Also found this from a blog I follow, so adding it in: http://pacificislandparks.com/2014/12/13/27-destinations-across-the-world/

A gift membership (comes with magazine) for the National Trust for Historic Preservation: http://www.preservationnation.org/

Many travel agencies and other travel sites have information about history-related tours and travel trips for your loved one, life partner, family member, etc.: Here’s an example (yes, you guessed it, to one of my favourite places! *laugh*):  http://www.carnegietouring.co.uk/

Here’s some random sites I found that have some other history-related gift ideas:

http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/category/gifts/gifts-by-recipient/for-history-lover

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/best-gifts-give-history-buff-your-life-180947998/?no-ist

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/lists/book-gift-ideas-history-buffs/

A subscription to a history-related magazine (or one with some history-related articles like Renaissance Magazine or Smithsonian Magazine):

http://www.historyextra.com/bbc-history-magazine

https://subscription.smithsonianmag.com/1111gwo/landing_a.cfm?src=SJRZZ33&gclid=CjwKEAiAnqWkBRCGm5uyu5r13jsSJACBZ4Wy6X4hHqMBze5JO_TBOJ4i9pZjrjvR2-IkJM_2v4uxJxoCGH_w_wcB

http://www.renaissancemagazine.com/ (I’ve also had a few articles and reviews published here *laugh*)

http://www.historynet.com/magazines/american_history (they have lots of other history subjects via this magazine publisher as well)

http://www.history-magazine.com/

Ocean Song: Sounds of the Sea

Running behind today (I spent the morning helping a neighbour rescue an injured possum), so I’m going to “borrow” this for my Science Saturday blog…just because it’s so FRICKIN’ awesome!

Ocean Song: Sounds of the Sea.

Vermont History Expo 2010

So, back in 2010, I did my grad school internship with the Vermont Historical Society. Part of it was designing a panel for the Vermont History Expo, which was great fun! It takes place every other year–visit the website here: http://vermonthistory.org/community/vermont-history-expo

Here’s some pics I took from the 2010 event! (All photos taken by me–copyright disclaimer)

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Here’s some photos of the exhibit panel that I made!

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