No True History

By Eilene Lyon We recently watched The Abolitionists, by American Experience.  It is an excellent and high-production-value 3-part series about the role played by the anti-slavery movement in the lead-up to the Civil War.  One thing that struck me was the portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the film.  I’ve read books and articles on Lincoln,... Continue Reading →

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Crossing Wyoming

By Eilene Lyon We’re rolling westward on Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming, on our way to do breeding bird surveys along a proposed transmission line route. The rising sun is adding fire to the stratus clouds hanging low in the sky. Our Ford Super Duty truck passes plains and low hills draped in sagebrush and... Continue Reading →

La Canción es la Cosa

By Eilene Lyon See a gringa in this mariachi band? Yup, that’s me! Sorry, no big sombrero or fancy conchas down my pant legs, but I really am blasting out “Volver, Volver” on my silver Getzen trumpet. My parents were both musical (not so much these days). They insisted that my brothers and I get... Continue Reading →

Is He or Isn’t He?

Week 25: #52 Ancestors – Same Name By Eilene Lyon One of the most problematic lines on my tree is the Orme family. My 3rd-great-grandmother was Christiana Orme, married to Martin R. Smith. Her parents were Nicholas Davis Orme and Penelope Permellee Pell. The Orme, Smith, and Pell families all have ties to Lewis County,... Continue Reading →

The Drought Diaries

Introduction By Eilene Lyon August 1, 1936, Saturday July has gone, and still no rain. This is the worst summer yet. -- Ann Marie Low Dust Bowl Diary May 30, 2018 Free2BD and I decided to take a drive in the convertible up East Animas Road. It was one of those days when the cotton-ball... Continue Reading →

Read ‘Em and Reap

By Eilene Lyon You might think that should read “Read ‘Em and Weep” and you’d be right. That’s almost what I felt like doing after harvesting my peas this week. Honestly, I love all kinds of peas: those lovely emerald orbs, the edible snow pea pods… But my favorite, especially for growing myself, are the... Continue Reading →

Milestones

By Eilene Lyon It seems I’ve reached a couple WordPress milestones this week: my 100th blog post, and 1000 Likes. Let’s see…if my math is correct, that means I’ve averaged 10 Likes per post. To be sure, some (okay, one) got NO Likes at all, and others have over 20. Should I be worried that... Continue Reading →

Bike and Barge: Holland

By Eilene Lyon The bike and barge trip in the Netherlands was our third such adventure, but I highly recommend the tulip tour for anyone's first exploration. You don't have to be in super-fit condition to do the riding. We were booked on the Elodie, fairly small as barges go: 13 passengers plus our guide... Continue Reading →

Stepping up to Fatherhood

Week 24: #52 Ancestors – Father’s Day By Eilene Lyon Many men are both step-fathers and fathers, but only a portion of them do it in that order. One of those was Thomas Alexander Reams, my great-great-grandfather. He was the father of Mary Lila (Reams) Smith. This is the tale of the Reams family: Sprague,... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the World!

By Eilene Lyon I just had to share this photo of "my" baby magpies. There are five all together that are in the process of fledging since yesterday. They hop out of the nest and preen, flap their wings, jump to the surrounding branches, or walk on top of the nest. A few have managed... Continue Reading →

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