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About meMiddle aged reader recently retired to the state of Oklahoma. Thank you, "V", for the layoff. What you meant for evil, God used for good!

About my libraryI welcome comments if a mistake is found in my library.



Disregard the book entered into collections that have asterisks in their names. They are only there to force the category label to show up.

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Currently reading
Wishlist (not included in ‘my library’)
Gone (tags: loosed, discarded, returned) (not in ‘my library’)
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Instead of having my tags scattered throughout the alphabet-scape of the tag page, I wanted to see related tags grouped together. To accomplish that, I kludged them together using a prefix, based on a very loose interpretation of Cutter Classification. In the end, it boiled down to a letter prefix which would be easy for me to remember:

(B.A.M. – biography, autobiography & memoir
A. Arts & entertainment, leisure, recreation
B. Biography, autobiography, memoirs
C. Civic, political
D. Descriptives (catch-all for descriptives)
E. Edition (format, publisher, series, 1st ed's, etc.)
F. (Historical or literary) Figures
G. Geography, travel, maps
H. History
I. (of particular) Interest to me
J. (Genre - because Hubby pronounces it) Jawn-ra!
K. Kitchen
L. Literature & Poetry
M. Movies
N. (open)
O. Other
P. Place (Geographical Settings)
Q. Quotations, reference, encyclopedias, etc.
R. Religion & Philosophy
S. Science
T. Time Period
U. mUsic
V. (open)
W. (Health &) Wellness
X. Language
Y. d.i.Y. / Home & garden
Z. (open)
@ (showing me where to find my book AT)
{ gathering up edition and cover pic details at the end of the list
| micro-reviews
~ Family members’ books


Setting up catalog views: Use the style buttons - the A-E buttons. Click on the cogwheel to make whatever changes you like. It works like this:

If you are not logged in to LT (or haven't changed them yet), the columns displayed (the pre-sets) within each style are:

A: cover, title, author (first last), date, tags, rating, entry date
B: cover, title, tags, comments
C: title, author (first last), publication, LC classification, comments
D: cover, author (last, first), title, date, tags, rating, google books
E: title, tags, LC Classification, subject, ISBN

But you can change it up to your liking! You can see your library with up to 12 columns of information displayed. And you can set your styles to show any combination of these available columns: --- cover, title, author (first last), author (last, first), more authors, date, --- tags, collections, --- combo, comments, private comments, reviews, rating, --- summary, subjects, publication, --- languages, original language, review language --- ISBN, LC classification, LCCN, OCLC, Dewey Decimal, entry date, source --- date acquired, date started, date read --- BCID --- CK: series, canonical title, original pub date, important places, important events, people/characters, awards, publisher’s editor, dedication, first words, last words, quotations, epigraph, blurbers, movies --- Work: Title & Author ---

If you are a LibraryThing member and logged-in while viewing any member's library, then when you click on those buttons, it will display any of the A-F styles as you have them set up in your own library.

There are various sort options available. Click on the up and down arrows next to the lightning bolt.


My Pansy booklist on LT - Chautauqua.girls:


My Current Challenges:

75 Books Challenge for 2012:
..........The group. and My thread.

Fifty States Fiction:
..........The group. and My thread.

Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge:
..........The group. and My thread.

Reading Through Time:
..........The group. and My thread.

Past Challenges:
(Because if I don't keep everything together, I'm bound to lose it.)

75 Books in 2011:
..........Thread One and Thread Two.

50 Books Challenge (2010):
..........The group. and My thread.

37 Oldies in 2011:
..........The group. and My thread.

The 11 in 11 Category Challenge:
..........The group. and My thread. (I had a hard time keeping up with everything I wanted to do on LT in '11, so I'm skipping 12 in 12 while I concentrate on getting more moved in, and hope to participate in 13.)


Groups15,000+ Pages Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 50-Something Library Thingers, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Berean Fellowship, Board for Extreme Thing Advancesshow all groups

Favorite authorsIsabella Alden, Jane Austen, Erica Bauermeister, Ivan Doig, Leif Enger, Jamie Ford, Darien Gee, Silas House, Paulette Jiles, Marilynne Robinson, Ilie Ruby, Christina Schwarz, Thomas Sowell, Gene Stratton-Porter, Nancy E. Turner, Janice Woods Windle (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBook Warehouse - Broadway, The Book Barn

Other favoritesLibraryThing H.Q.


Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

Real nameCindy


Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/countrylife (profile)
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Member sinceApr 30, 2007

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Thanks for the contact info. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
No problem. I'm glad the Chicken Barn worked for everyone. I am not sure about a place for lunch nearby. We can go back into Ellsworth, that's about ten or fifteen minutes away. I am not sure if there is a take out somewhere closer. I will look into it a little bit and get back to you.
I don't think I can make the meetup in Ellsworth. My family in Massachuseets family has decided on Labor Day weekend for a celebration of a 90 year old bithday -- so we can't make two trips from Long Island that close together from Long Island.
Hi Cindy! Can you give me a link to where you posted about the meetup? I can't seem to find that group. Thanks!
That looks fabulous Cindy!
Oh and I meant to tell you we usually refer to ourselves as "Mainers" lol!
Hi Cindy!

The only Mainer I am really acquainted with on here is tututhefirst (Tina) who is located in the midcoast area somewhere. We should put it out there as a meetup though, that would be fantastic. Maybe try to have it in Ellsworth? Thats only about a half hour from Milbridge and has lots of restaurants as well. There is a great used bookstore called Scotties in Ellsworth too! But I am up for anything really!

I will have to think on your question about the place to hear the loons and get back to you. I am not very familiar with the freshwater lakes around Milbridge. What comes to mind immediately is Tunk Lake which is probably about 20 minutes from Milbridge but there aren't any restaurants on it. My folks have a camp on Cathance Lake in Cooper and there are tons of loons on it but sadly no restaurants there either.


Hi Cindy!

Yes, I live in Pembroke which is in Washington County. Where are you going to be staying and when? I would love to plan a meetup. I am usually too far away from them!

You might be interested in this NYTimes column about one of your books, Giles of the Star: You appear to be the only LT member who has a copy! Is it as wonderful as it sounds?
Thanks for your suggestions! This is my first time to do anything like this - not only on LibraryThing, but anywhere. So I didn't get the general idea. I will try to go back and fix this, but I can't figure out how to delete posts once they're posted. I'm thinking that I could go back through all my posts, copy them to my original thread, and then delete them from the list, but I don't see how to go about doing that. So any advice would be appreciated. Thanks for being patient with me as a newby.
Sorry it took me so long to reply.... almost all Mary Renault's historical fiction is wonderful. She never addressed Achilles, but I adored her Theseus books: The King Must die is the first one. She also wrote about Alexander The Great, starting with Fire From Heaven.
Cindy- I did not realize you had surgery. I hope everything is okay. No, I did not give the book away. I will sent it out tomorrow or Saturday. Take care.

Hi Cindy- I saw you listed on the Concord Free Press list for the book, "A Handbook of American Prayer". I finished it and really enjoyed it. If you send me your address, I will mail it out this week. Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Cool! Yes, it's a bit of a bother, but it's so much better to have tags grouped. Cheers!
So glad you're not giving up on Georgette! :) I did for awhile because I picked up one of her less-than-stellar efforts for my first read. I would recommend the title that converted me to her fan club, Cotillion, as your next read. Sylvester is also very good! And Friday's Child.
Nope. You can see what was read for past TIOLI challenges up through September 2011 at:
Here is the thread location that you requested:

Have fun! :)
Hi--Yes the photo is of my place. It was taken from an irrigation dam on the creek. The dam has about a 10 foot drop, so, yes, I hear the water going over the drop from pretty much everywhere on my place. I love the sound. In the spring, during run-off, it becomes a roar like a freight train. (Haven't quite started that yet this year, although we've had a few warm days and the robins are back).

I've been enjoying your thread!
Cindy, I love your profile page. Would love to try to organize my challenges (and my collections) the way you have. I have a hard time keeping track of them!

After looking at some of your library I was reminded of a book that I read several years ago, but it made a real impression on me - I still remember it and thought you might enjoy it if you get a chance. It was [Jump Off Creek] by [[Molly Gloss]].
Did you have a birthday and I missed it?
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Sweet picture!

I want to thank you for your outreach during this sad week when I lost my beloved Sheltie Simon.

Your book arrived via Amazon today and your kindness brought tears to my eyes.

Thank you ever so much for the special soul you are.

Thank you!!

Hi Cindy,

Just stopping by your profile page. That picture of you with your father is precious and I love the picture of your library! And aren't layoffs great. That's when I retired too and I've never regretted it.

Thanks for visiting my thread. In an ideal world, I'd love to go to the Joplin meetup sometime. It always looks like such a good time.

How is your sister?
Hi Cindy

I'm very sorry that your sister has such severe back pain. I can only imagine what she is going through. Coretsone injections help me. They are not easy, but they work. The last set I had was eight years ago and I've been relatively pain free since then...until the last few months.

I hope this helps.

All the best
Thanks for reaching out. Books have given great comfort, hope, and escape when I have needed those things most. I don't know how non-readers get by. Thanks for stopping by and now I must read your profile page, there is lots of good stuff there. Michelle

I'm stopping by to thank you for your recommendation of Ann Rinaldi's book An Acquaintance with Darkness. I started reading it tonight. It is now 1:00 a.m. and I need to put it down to get some sleep. It is good. Your review rec'd. a thumbs up from me! You captured the book very well.

Thanks, countrylife, for the invite to Nebraskans who LibraryThing. I didn't know it existed, and find it a treat to hear news of back home. You are in Oklahoma?!!!! My goodness, you are still in tornado valley! Hope you have evaded the devastation that I see on the news. Yes, LibraryThing is sure a learning experience; so much to it, but fascinating.

Oh yes, I forgot to say that my sister and I could even crawl under Dan (the bull) and between his legs with no reprisals. I was so amazed and impressed. My dad named our next two bulls, Red. And, they were mean. They would bellow, put their heads down, and dig dirt. And chased. That's when you knew you better get up high FAST! And since I was short, chubby, and slow, you can say that the bulls made a big impression on me. Ha!

Thanks again, countrylife, for the warm invite, and I hope you will relate some stories of Oklahoma. Do you eat spicy foods? When my older brother went into the army, he was stationed at Fort Sill. He came home wanting hot, hot, spicy foods. In my young mind, that was "WOW", unheard of!
Thanks for letting me know that my review of Doc got on the Hot Reviews list. I would have missed it otherwise!
Here's hoping your Sophie's World review goes viral! Far too many overwhelmingly positive thoughts on that page for my taste (and some I disagree with—I don't remember the book being very Christian at all, and no one seems to mention the existentialist nature of the denouement). I had to read it in high school and loathed it, absolutely loathed it. The philosophy bits were fine, that's true, but I'd already covered all that material in previous books for the class. And the fictional parts were just awful. Ugh.

No, I work over at Hardesty, mostly in the afternoons and some Saturdays. If you are ever in South Tulsa come on by! :)
"1. Books are for use.
2. Every reader his [or her] book.
3. Every book its reader.
4. Save the time of the reader.
5. The library is a growing organism."

Thanks for your kind words about my Curse of the Narrows review. I had never heard about the Halifax explosion until I read Anite Shreve's novel, A Wedding in December.

My disaster book category is proving to be one of my favorites. Such a variety, especially if "disaster" is interpreted broadly.
Thanks for your kind words on my review of Middlemarch. I hope you love it as much as I did when you get to it! I've been avoiding the movie because I wanted to picture the characters my own way first. I think it would be hard for any actor, however good, to do Dorothea any justice.

:) CM

Ooops! I forgot to add the link! :'Technology...

RSS feed for "A Reading Course in 'Technology & Society' - main text"


Here are my thanks for the encouraging approval you expressed concerning the use of "A Reading Course in..." as a tag on thematic reading lists. I appreciated seeing your approval. By the way, since things aren't working exactly as hoped, I've edited my primary post and placed in it the entire list (as it currently stands) of the 35 works tagged under "A Reading Course in 'Technology & Society' - main text"

and, if the following link-y thing works, here you have the RSS feed for that particular tag, which, if I understand it, clicking on it will offer the possibility of keeping current with the additions made to that tag.

Yours with kind regards, 'proximity1'
I found a Wikipedia article about the song Jesus Loves Me at The article says that the song first appeared in Susan Warner's book Say and Seal. Just to make sure, I checked the full text in Google Books and, sure enough, it's there!

The book about the song and the Warner sisters is this one: It seems to be out of print, but several third party vendors are selling copies on Amazon.

Your review of The Wide, Wide World has made me want to learn more about Susan Warner and her sister, Anna (also an author).I just ordered a used copy of The Wide, Wide World from Amazon. While I was looking for more information about the author, I discovered that Anna Warner wrote the words to the song Jesus Loves Me, and the lyrics were included in one of Susan Warner's novels. There's a book about the song with some biographical information about the sisters, so I ordered it, too!
I enjoyed your review of Peace Like a River! I recently got that one on the strong recommendation of another LTer (bookworm12) and am now looking forward to it more than ever :)

Happy Friday to you!
Oooh, I see you've just added Yolen's Briar Rose. Have you read it before? I tried to when I was about thirteen or so, but the content was too much for me at the time. I want to try it again this summer, because it's a really fascinating concept. What with the holocaust, a Sleeping Beauty story, and a heroine who constantly rereads Robin McKinley's Beauty (one of my favorite books of all time), how could you lose?
You're welcome. I like books with a strong sense of place, and she does a great job at that. :)
You might like Louise Dickinson Rich's books about Maine.

In particular, I recommend Star Island/Star Island Boy and the related book Sally/Three of a Kind.
Thanks for the kind words.

Nebraskan? Really? How cool!! I knew there was something elegant and articulate about you!

Mary Lou
Your son is certainly more than ready for The Castle in the Attic—in fact, he might find it a little kiddy. Is he okay with reading things slightly below his reading level? I'd put the ideal age to first read Castle at about 10, the age of William in the book. But I would still recommend you try it on him. And the sequel, The Battle for the Castle, will make more sense to a teen than it will to a child, as puberty is rather an important theme in the book (though it is never addressed directly).
Thank you for your kind comment about my profile picture -- the woman is my great-grandmother, and the child on the left, my grandfather.

I like your notes on your profile about collections and tagging -- very interesting. I like to see what interesting ways people manage their libraries.

Thanks for your message, and I'm glad you enjoyed the reviews.

I think 'foolhardy' might be a better word than brave, but then hindsight is a wonderful thing!

I have added your library to my "interesting libraries" because I really admire your tagging. I'm not satisfied with mine so I may drop by now and then to get some tips.

I see you have added The Wife's Tale which I snagged from the ER program. It was better than I thought it was going to be. How did you like it?
Cozy mystery recommendations from Fifty States Fiction folks on thornton37814's thread:

thornton37814's recs:
Laura Childs' Tea Shop mysteries. They are set in Charleston, SC. Many have plots that revolve around the Heritage Society there. They feature amateur detectives. The first in the series is Death by Darjeeling.

Margaret Frazer writes historical cozies. She has two series set in the medieval period. The Brother Caedfel mysteries by Ellis Peters would also fit the historical cozy category. Rett Macpherson has a series that features Tori O'Shea, a genealogist. She just "delves" into the past.

cbl_tn's recs:
I enjoy the Robin Paige series with Sir Charles and Lady Kathryn Sheridan. These books are set in the late Victorian era, and most of the books involve real historical figures like Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling.

Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen mysteries are some of my favorites. Each book is set where Jane was known to be living or visiting during the time period of the book.

I also enjoy the Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson. The books are set in New York City. Her featured characters are Sarah Brandt, a young widow who works as a midwife, and policeman Frank Malloy. In a typical book in the series, Sarah discovers a crime in the course of her work and calls on Malloy to help investigate. Teddy Roosevelt has a small role as the New York police comissioner.
Thanks for your very kind words about the "reviews" I've posted. I don't know what happened to the second half of "Moonlight in Odessa", but I'm glad you pointed it out - I've corrected it, and it should be OK now.

I've been posting comments about all my books on the challenge threads since the first of the year. I've never done anything like that before, and I found that it really forced me to think about what I'd read and why I reacted to it the way I had. Then, in August I think, I started copying those same comments and posting them as reviews. I did that, not because I was so proud of them or thought I had something to say, but because I was finding other people's comments helpful, even when they were just casual remarks. It occured to me that my 2 cents' worth might be helpful to someone else, just as their's had been for me. I'm very pleased that I was able to convey some sense of the pleasure I gained from those books you named. And I see some familiar titles on your "most recent activity" list!

I would also be able to get more reading done if I didn't spend so much time every week looking at other people's books! It is just so much fun to discover all these titles that I would never know about otherwise.

Hi CountryLife,

So let me see if I can help you. First I noticed that there were a couple of parents at Amazon who commented that there teenage kids liked Ring of Fire.

The book is different from Eragon in that it's language is sparser. However, it excels in pacing. Ring of Fire boldly pushes the reader along in a sort of Dan Brown sort of way. I enjoyed it.

For a book in a more Eragon styling you might consider the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series. I REALLY enjoyed that. It's creative and humorous and well plotted.

I hope this helps. Please write back with any questions. And please, let me know what response you get back from your young reader. I'm always interested in what others think about books.

Pam :)
Hi countrylife!

Thanks for your sweet note! You're right, we DO have a similar taste in books! I'll be happily "shopping" your shelves and "stealing" your books now! I'm always excited to find more books to add to my "to be read" list. I'm also on shelfari - do you know that website? It's great for readers and lots of fun. You can find my shelf at www.shelfari/pbarber42

If that doesn't work, the main link is

See ya 'round!
:) p
Thanks for the kind words. I try not to take everything seriously, which I suppose accounts for the funny things I say at times.

I would apply for an author badge if somebody would actually have one of my stories/books in their library. That is not, though, by any means, my requesting somebody do it, as I'd like it to happen because somebody felt my work was good enough to include in their library. When that happens, yeah, I'll start the whole LT author process. But until then, I refuse to force the issue.
Hi, no I don't have Native American ancestery. In the 1850s land grants were offered in Western Arkansas and my ancesters became part of that Westward migration. My dad had a strong interest in Native Americans, particularly those who traveled The Trial of Tears, and we always had books around the house on the subject. I've continued to be interested in Native American history as an adult but as you know, there just isn't enough time to read all I'd like to!
Hey, I'm on vacation and went to Sedona today. I saw a book very similar to the one you reviewed. It was called 'Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon'.

Not sure if you are really all that interested in a second book dealing with death at a national park, but it reminded me of your review.
It's good to "meet" you, too! My dad is the same age as yours. My mother was a reader, too, but I really think that my love for reading came from my dad's side of the family. I'm waiting to put a picture on my profile page until I can turn up the one I have in mind. Somewhere there is a picture of my dad sitting at the kitchen table reading a magazine. I'm sitting on the table between him and the magazine when I was probably 6-9 months old. It looks like I'm reading the magazine right along with him! I've looked for it several times since I joined LibraryThing, but so far it's still hiding from me...
Thank you for your comment! The friend who encouraged me to join LibraryThing reviews everything she reads, so I decided to give it a try. I found that I enjoy it, which really surprised me since up to that point I had viewed writing as a chore rather than something I enjoyed doing. Once I started I just kept going. Maybe the same thing will happen to you!

I do have to admit that all of my reviews get a thumbs up from my father, who is also a LT member.
Thanks for the feedback. I don't know why I don't have an author icon--will definitely look into it. My novel about Jamestown is unpublished, but a short story involving the characters was published in "Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine" (Dec. 2007). It's called "Dead of Winter." You can find a free copy (I hope) at posted as a pdf under my name, Catherine Mambretti. It is also included in my short-story collection, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, which is available at Amazon as an ebook for the Kindle and iPhone. A free copy can also be downloaded in several file formats from (until July 31, on sale). On August 1 the price goes up to "Buyer Sets the Price," starting at $0.99. I also have a mystery novel set in 1952 Chicago in ebook form. Since my fiction is mainly available only in ebook form, I haven't figured out how to get them listed on LibraryThing--which is why I've been neglecting this website. I love LibraryThing, but I have little time to devote to it. If you can tolerate the idea of an ebook, my novelette involving a contemporary Chippewa, CHALK GHOST, has just been named a "Semi-Finalist" in the contest for 2009. All of these ebook websites, except, require a credit card number even for free books. But you can get around that by buying yourself a gift card, if that's a concern (as it is for me). But TextNovel wants a cell phone number. I would appreciate a "thumbs up" vote at TextNovel to help me on my way to winning if you take a chance on it. I hope I've answered your questions. Please "read me." I'm eager for feedback.
Hugs, my dear. Sometimes I feel pretty battered in these exchanges. It was sweet of you to be so supportive. I just wish people could not take everything so deadly seriously. Life is pretty cool, as a whole. Mary Lou (Fogie Extraordinaire)
Hi! Saw your name listed when I looked up Rachel Hinkle Shoemaker. I'm an architectural historian in Tucson, AZ and came across a diary while doing a survey on a historic home that was written by Rachel's husband, Jacob. It only covers a year, from May 1866 - June 25, 1967, the day before their wedding. He was a superintendent of schools for the Freedmen's Relief Association in Virginia for a short period, retiring due to health problems. He returns to Philadelphia and begins teaching elocution and through it all speaks of his love, Rachie. It is a fascinating piece of history as he speaks in detail of the events and people of the time, and was friends with several famous people connected to the Civil War and the ending of slavery. I have not found a photo of him, but it's wonderful to be able to put a face to the woman he loved so dearly. Thank you. They opened a school of elocution and oratory in Philadelphia a few years after their marriage and she continued the school after his untimely death in his late 30's, until age 75 I believe. Apparently she never remarried. They had only one child, as far as I know, a son, Frank, who was the father to the owner of the home I surveyed. There are no children or other family members left, so I've taken it upon myself to transcribe the diary, filling in histories of the people, places, and events he speaks of.

Anyhow, thanks again for the photograph! If you have any further information on either of the Shoemakers, I'd be really grateful.

Catherine Westergaard
Reply to cath61:

Hi, cath61! You made this comment on my profile page: "Hi! I came across your name while looking up Rachel Hinkle Shoemaker who just happens to be in this book, along with the photo. I can't tell you how excited I was to find this! I am a historian in Tucson AZ and while doing research on a home was going through the library of the late owner. I came across a diary that had been left behind by the owners ex-husband. It was the diary of Jacob W. Shoemaker, who talks about his "loved one" whom he refers to as "Rachie" in Rachel Shoemaker. Unfortunately there was only one diary, which I am in the process of transcribing, and the last entry is the day before their marriage in 1867. He writes of being very ill at times throughout the diary, and he did pass away very young, at age 38, in 1880. If you have any information regarding any mention of her family, would you pass it on to me? I only know of one son, born in 1870, named Frank, who was the father to the man whose home the diary was found in. Thank you again for posting this! It's been a long process, still on going, and it's always encouraging to find out a little bit more." and "Sorry, didn't realize it didn't show the book I was talking was "A Woman of the Century by Francis E Willard". Sorry, I'm new here. Thanks again!"

Since you know that Rachel is included in my old book, I'm guessing that you have already seen her page. Just in case you have not, I scanned it and uploaded it as my profile picture, so you can grab it off of there if you need to. This book has been very interesting - reading about the lives of these women. My favorite author, Pansy, is included, which is why I bought the book.

So, I'm sorry, but I do not know anything else about your Rachel, other than one of her books I was able to track down through bookfinder: Delsartean Pantomimes With Recital and Musical Accompaniment: Designed for Home, School and Church Entertainments. Trying a url: . That book puts me in mind of one which I found interesting on eBay not too long ago, but not being in my budget at the moment, I added it to my catalog here, with the tag "wishlist": Chautauqua instructor of elocution and dramatic art. (That auction must have ended; could not find it again there.) My Pansy was a worker in the original New York Chautauqua; perhaps your Rachel was, too.

Good luck with your research. I hope to begin seeing some of her books (and yours about her!?) soon to be in your library here! (I keep a separate library (chautauqua.girls) where I am in (slow) process of entering as much as I can find out about Pansy.) I'm adding you to my 'interesting libraries' so I can look for those books to show up! Thank you for contacting me. I find such things fascinating!

posted by countrylife at 9:24 am (EST) on Sep 3, 2008
Sorry, didn't realize it didn't show the book I was talking was "A Woman of the Century by Francis E Willard". Sorry, I'm new here. Thanks again!
Hi! I came across your name while looking up Rachel Hinkle Shoemaker who just happens to be in this book, along with the photo. I can't tell you how excited I was to find this! I am a historian in Tucson AZ and while doing research on a home was going through the library of the late owner. I came across a diary that had been left behind by the owners ex-husband. It was the diary of Jacob W. Shoemaker, who talks about his "loved one" whom he refers to as "Rachie" in Rachel Shoemaker. Unfortunately there was only one diary, which I am in the process of transcribing, and the last entry is the day before their marriage in 1867. He writes of being very ill at times throughout the diary, and he did pass away very young, at age 38, in 1880. If you have any information regarding any mention of her family, would you pass it on to me? I only know of one son, born in 1870, named Frank, who was the father to the man whose home the diary was found in. Thank you again for posting this! It's been a long process, still on going, and it's always encouraging to find out a little bit more.
What are your favourite scenes in Joe Lincoln's "THANKFUL'S INHERITANCE"?
Spreadsheet arrived safely. Many thanks.
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