Our world has been disrupted by a little virus that snuck in from overseas. Why is it that all bad viruses seem to come from overseas? Just wondering. I had the Asian flu back in the 70’s and was in bed for at least a week and I was only 30. Now facing a possible attack at the age of 74, I am much more cautious. Also my asthma and COPD makes me a high risk for death. Our little town has closed it’s library, senior citizen center, Alice’s Closet (a second hand store with donated items) and other changes have been made to slow down the social interaction. Take the time if you are off to use it for good. Complete a project, pray for your loved ones and friends, and the whole world. I plan on finishing writing two books, one the genealogical story of my husband and I’s Scottish roots and the other a non-fiction book about the Osage Indians. Both projects have been on my desk and going slowly. Now with the spare time I can make progress. Be safe.

Living and Loving Missouri

A blog seems to be a vague entity for me. What is and what do you do with it? One water at a convention I attended said, “I don’t waste my writing time on a blog. I would rather spend it writing.” I thought about that and, therefore, rejected blogging for almost 5 years. Then a friend I met at another author’s function showed me her blog which was wonderful. It seems to be a way to get a conversation going with all youall, meaning readers and writers. I am sure it must be kept interesting or no one will bother to come back. Who cares what I did today unless it relates to their problem, their question, their anxiety issue?

I will keep it interesting for you as best I can. So why do I write? Ask any author and you will get a hundred different answers. I think it is because I have a story to tell that I want to share with others. In my non-fiction I get really excited about the topic and the research. How am I going to put all these facts into a readable narrative, one that holds interest and teaches? That is the challenge. Non-fiction should not read like a textbook. History recaptured with new directions of thought can be very compelling. I recently read a non-fiction book called Life Among the Indians or Personal Reminiscences and Historical Events , Illustration of Indian Life and Character by Rev. James B. Finley – a great memoir by a missionary of the Epioscopal-Methodist Church who devoted his life to the Wyandotts in the Northwest Territory from1821 to 1841.  This book has no publication date but it would be in the 1840+.  A great  picture of the savages of the territory that later became Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.  He documents great Indian leaders such as Pontiac and Tecumseh of the Shawnees and the wonderful chiefs of the Wynadotts who became such devout and wonderful Christians who would weep with great tears and cry for joy at their deliverance from their dark lives.  

So non-fiction can bring joy, fear, loathing, and even tears. The things I learned in this book about the early tribes of the Northwest Territory before they were forced to move to Indian Territory I will never forget. I am proud to have such a heritage amongst my ancestors.

Whom I and and what I want you to know

Love genealogy, scrapbooking and gardening.

Hello, new to blogging? I am and here is what I hope to accomplish. Firstly learn a new skill,namely blogging. Secondly, introduce myself to the interested reader. I am a retired airline captain who flew for over 20 years with various companies in the West, hauling mostly mail for the USPS, spending a lot of years building my hours in my logbook with flight instructing, having flown over 30 different makes and models of airplanes. I flew mostly single-engine piston driven airplanes then transitioned to the twin-engine piston then to the heavy twin-engine turboprop, the Beech 99 airliner. I never flew for a major airline and am glad I did not. My schedule was amenable to my life style, raising a growing family with my husband. Now retired I love to read and write non-fiction historical books on the Civil War, Indians and Missouri. I am contemplating something fictional in the near future.