One of my co-workers has a calendar with pretty photos and inspiring quotations. For January, it has a picture of a covered bridge in Vermont with this quote by James Garfield, " Equality- the informing soul of Freedom!". When I saw it, it made me think, I wonder if my young co-worker knows that James Garfield was one of our four United States presidents who was assassinated. (The other three are Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy.)
I just mentioned in my last post that Candice Millard had written a book called "River of Doubt" about Teddy Roosevelt's trip down the unchartered river in South America. Now, I see that Candice Millard has also written a book about James Garfield entitled "Destiny of The Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder Of A President". Here is the saddest thing to know about him, if not for the medical care at the time, he might have survived being shot. Apparently, the doctors dug around for the bullet with unwashed hands and the infection is really what killed him. He was only 49 years of age. If you would like to know more about him, I encourage you to read about him just here.
Also, Richard and I saw the movie "Darkest Hour" this past weekend. While we both liked it...ahem, there were some liberties taken with the truth, and I do know that Hollywood does so like to change things but...I hope it will make people want to read more about Winston Churchill and his leadership in World War II. I also see that Candace Millard has written THIS book: "Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape, and The Making of Winston Churchill".
My goodness, this is turning into an advert for Ms. Millard! It is just funny to me that all these books just happen to be what has been on my mind this week. Life is funny that way sometimes!
By the way, I was so tired yesterday that I couldn't watch much of the Teddy Roosevelt show that was on TV but I hope to do so tonight. I hope you all were able to see it and to learn more about Candido Rondon! In case you can't see the TV show, I have a link about him here.
By the way, my history teachers all loved me! I would always say to them after one of our lessons..."You know, I once read a book about that..." SOME of my teachers liked me but ALL of my history teachers did!
Went to a wedding recently, it was in an old building from 1899 and was originally a mill that made twine...apparently THE largest maker of twine in the world! (And who is there to dispute this claim, I wonder.) See, there I go...always questioning, wanting the exact truth of my history! I don't mean to make light of those who worked so hard in the mills, many of them were children. There, that will have to be another