Vol. 1, No. 8 Zucchini Madness . . .and a Bit More
July 20, 2022
It's been a crazy few weeks as the zucchini in my son's garden has gone crazy. So have I. I've made roasted zucchini, zucchini bread, zucchini pie, and frozen zucchini for fall and winter. Any zucchini ideas? Send them my way!
Here's a literary connection: the settlers at Fort Boonesborough planted corn. I doubt that zucchini was in the mix. However: You Can Take an Electronic Field Trip to Boonesborough here and perhaps you'll find out.
A Kidnapping in Kentucky, 1776 - I'm working on getting the word out, so I did some research and came across the Daniel Boone Shell Station in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Somehow I don't think Daniel Boone was ever the principal owner of the station, nor did he need any gas or oil to as he made his way across the Cumberland Gap. . . But, hey, his name may sell it.
Adult Book Recommendation: The Taking of Jemima Boone: Colonial Settlers, Trial Nations, and the Kidnap that Shaped America. Matthew Pearl's nonfiction book about the kidnapping and the siege on Fort Boonesborough that followed is filled with details and interesting anecdotes. I was gratified to find that Matthew Pearl and I came to many of the same conclusions when reading incomplete reports of what happened in Kentucky in the 1700s.
This Quotation Makes Sense: "A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say, "How to Build a Boat." —Stephen Wright
A Middle-Grade Historical Fiction - well worth a look: Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk. "Ellie is a girl who takes matters into her own hands" as her family struggles during the Depression Era. They move from town to Echo Mountain, living off the land, until Ellie's father suffers a serious injury. It is then up to Ellie to learn the healing secrets that may bring her father back to life. The joys of nature abound in this book, as do the rewards of friendship.
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