The Slide Years: Costumes

Week 44: #52 Ancestors - Trick or Treat By Eilene Lyon The Slide Years is a series in which I select an image my dad took from 1957-1982 with Kodachrome slide film, then I write a stream-of-consciousness essay – a sort of mini-memoir. When I was a kid, trick-or-treat meant making a costume at home,... Continue Reading →

Wrong-Way Emily – Part 2

Week 42: #52 Ancestors – Adventure By Eilene Lyon Part 1 Emily Sets Sail The steerage passengers on the Emily "... were divided into messes of ten men each and had 6 pints of water including our tea and coffey … ½ pound of bread ½ pound of flour whitch we made into what we call... Continue Reading →

Wrong-Way Emily – Part 1

Week 39: #52 Ancestors – Map It Out By Eilene Lyon Note: This three-part series is adapted from my California gold rush book. Sources will be listed at the end of Part 3. Background The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in January 1848 set off the largest mass migration to a single destination up... Continue Reading →

The Slide Years: UC Bearcat

By Eilene Lyon The Slide Years is a series in which I select an image my dad took from 1957-1982 with Kodachrome slide film, then I write a stream-of-consciousness essay – a sort of mini-memoir. The last of the "slide years" coincided with my graduation from the University of Cincinnati in 1982 with an Associate's... Continue Reading →

Smiths vs. the Wilderness

Week41: #52 Ancestors - Context By Eilene Lyon Take a look at a Google Earth image or map of central Indiana today. It will be hard to imagine that two hundred years ago it looked like this: Tall trees covered the whole country with their wide-spreading branches, depending to the ground, and the shrubbery below... Continue Reading →

Lewiston Peaches

Week 40: #52 Ancestors – Harvest By Eilene Lyon My great-grandfather, Charles Edward Smith, never had much success as a farmer. He began in Missouri, then moved to eastern Washington. The farm in Washington entailed dryland farming, because water was scarce. Once the family moved to Moscow, Idaho, around 1910, he engaged in other businesses... Continue Reading →

The Slide Years: Storybook Land

By Eilene Lyon The Slide Years is a series in which I select an image my dad took from 1957-1982 with Kodachrome slide film, then I write a stream-of-consciousness essay – a sort of mini-memoir. My first amusement park experience was at Storybook Land, near Woodbridge, Virginia. In some respects it was a glorified playground... Continue Reading →

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