DiAnn, we’ll get you your copy of Kate DiCamillo’s delightful novel, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, as soon as possible!
This past December, I read and fell in love with Lisa Wingate’s beautiful novel BEFORE WE WERE YOURS, and I knew I had to share it with all of you. From Paula McLain’s review on the back cover, “Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power. That Georgia Tann and her Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society could actually exist, unraveling the lives of countless children, stealing their pasts and changing their futures, will give you chills…”
BEFORE WE WERE YOURS is a novel that reads like a true crime book, yet it ends gloriously, as all my favorite novels do! Our give-away copy is a new hardcover edition.
To have your name included in our Wednesday, February 28 drawing, please answer this question:
Use one or two words to describe yourself when you were a child. For example, shy, bold, adventurous, creative, rebellious, silly, happy, sad….
This year, February will be a vacation time for my husband and me. I won’t be around too much on line or on my blog. Usually during a winter vacation, we seek sunshine. When we return, I’ll have photos to share.
Meanwhile, where is your favorite place to vacation?
During Victorian times, both women and men often sported or supported elaborate hairstyles, and for men that included some pretty amazing mustaches and creative beards. You didn’t just jog on down to the corner store and buy what you needed to keep your hair in style, you usually made your own concoctions. Even in the fancier Victorian homes, personal valets and ladies’ maids whipped up the necessary ingredients.
One of the most popular and common mixtures was Bandoline. It basically served the function of today’s hairspray, but it was spread over curls and coiffures with the fingers. Bandoline could be purchased, but, as some unhappy women discovered, commercially manufactured Bandoline sometimes contained contaminated ingredients that might change the color of the hair — or worse! Bandoline’s primary ingredients varied over the years, but some type of glutinous substance was necessary. In many homemade recipes, quince seeds hold the place of honor. Various perfumes — rose water or vanilla, for example — were added to mask the scents of other “active” ingredients.
I’ve never been good styling my hair. The easier the better. How about you? Elaborate or simple? Do you use hairspray or other products?
(Top photo, Sue Harrison, Common Domain. Next photo, “Vanity” by Gustave Leonard de Jongh, Common Domain.)
Holidays are often the times we accumulate some beautiful memories. This Christmas, my daughter-in-law thought to take a photograph of our granddaughters with their great grandfathers, my dad (far right) and my husband’s dad (far left). Both fathers are in their 90s and a very present part of our everyday lives, so sometimes we forget how unusual and wonderful it is to have them with us.
Did you make any special memories in your family this past 2017, during holidays or during regular everyday days?
We are blessed. I hope you are, too.
Love and Happy New Year,
(Photograph, copyright 2017, Tonya Harrison)
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