Looks like it's going to be harder and harder to find one's shadow here in the next few days as rain and, yes, even a chance (small, probably remote) of snow are forecast.
Started Alison Weir's book last night, the first book of hers that I can remember reading. I suppose it can be described as popular history, although I was intrigued by this snippet from the Wikipedia article about her:
"Weir argues that 'history is not the sole preserve of academics, although I have the utmost respect for those historians who undertake new research and contribute something new to our knowledge. History belongs to us all, and it can be accessed by us all. And if writing it in a way that is accessible and entertaining, as well as conscientiously researched, can be described as popular, then, yes, I am a popular historian, and am proud and happy to be one.'"
I'll admit that I was a little bit dubious about checking this book out of the library a few days ago. I imagined it would be just another dry account of two men's professional accomplishments. I couldn't have been more wrong. It is turning out to be a fascinating look at one of the United States' most exciting, if also turbulent, eras. Already, I've learned boatloads about the creation of New York City's Central Park, Prospect Park, and, yes, even Yosemite National Park.
I spotted this lovely arrangement a couple of mornings ago through a restaurant window. They're silk, but could easily pass for the real thing. Moments later, I spoke with the restaurant's "events coordinator" who told me that the owners also display a number of floral paintings created by a local artist.
Well, as I noted before, January is the month for much needed repairs and restoration around Colonial Williamsburg. Here, for instance, crews are putting the finishing touches to some erosion control measures around the cabinetmaker's shop. From what I could see, the work included upgrades to drainage systems, paths, and lawn.
Just finished reading this work by Deborah Cadbury published in 2022 after seeing it on the shelf in my local public library. This is not your typical book about the horrors of Nazi Germany. Rather, it's about the courageous work of a woman determined to make a positive difference in the lives of children traumatized by war through education. I highly recommend it.