Thomas prepares for the ministry, 1802-1806, which is the second installment of the first chapter of my book on my family ancestry. In this excerpt, the Rev. Thomas Thomas (my 3-greats grandfather) studies at Hoxton Academy – his first formal education at the age of 26! – where he trains to be a Independent minister.
That was the first year I could vote in a national election. I worked for the McGovern campaign, designing my own flyers and placing them under windshield wipers on nearly every car on my college campus. McGovern promised peace in Vietnam – an end to the war. Unfortunately, Nixon won, by a landslide! Nixon pledged “peace with honor” in Vietnam.
Little did we know then that some illegal activities had been carried out by the Nixon campaign to discredit the Democrats!
The Watergate break-in would become so famous that the word “watergate” became synonymous with political corruption for years to come.
The Vietnam War raged on.
At the summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, 11 Israeli athletes were killed in a terrorist attack.
A plane carrying members of a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes. Two books and a movie would be released about the ordeal of the survivors. Yikes! Lots of bad news! Still, we look back on those tumultuous times with nostalgia, remembering our own lives in our 20s. My husband was about four years into his teaching career. He taught history and sociology at high schools on the south side of Chicago. Also, being a teacher allowed him to avoid the draft. Last night we found this picture of him in his classroom that year: And there was always our family’s cottage in Northern Wisconsin. Here I am enjoying a warm summer day among the pines:
My husband and I both married other people and eventually divorced. Both of us had one child in our first marriages. We weren’t destined to meet each other until nearly 20 years later!
It was only three years ago tomorrow that we had a string of very warm days – on March 21, it reached 80 degrees (F)! I was wearing capris to work all week, and on that day, March 21, I took a walk around the neighborhood of the school I worked at in Elmhurst, a western suburb of Chicago. The trees were in bloom!
In a normal year, we would not see the trees in flower until mid April at least, sometimes later. (Last year we had winter weather until mid April!)
As a comparison, I also took pictures (as I do every year) of the first flowers that come up in my garden, snowdrops. This year, the first snowdrops made their appearance early this week, as the snow melted and the days were a bit warmer. Last year, they didn’t come up until the end of March. In 2012, I took these pictures on March 11:
I am always heartened at the sight of my snowdrops each year – it’s a sign that even if spring isn’t here yet, it soon will be!
I’ll be on spring break this coming week, and plan to spend some time in my garden, raking and cutting the remnants of last year’s plants to make way for this year. I’ve already seen the first green tips of other flowers pushing their way above ground. Daffodils should be be next, followed by tulips.
Smither Park – Houston, TX. My husband and I visited this park (actually, we found it by chance!) in June of 2013.
This park has a variety of conceptual installations being planned. The Memory Wall has several sections, with different artists working on each one. (There is a sign up on the back of the sign.) These photos show parts of the wall, including close-ups. Artists use a variety of materials to design their section of the wall.