November Carnivals & Memes

The exciting first edition of Tim Abbott's “Carnival: Cabinet of Curiosities” was released yesterday.  Well, not exactly released–more like opening up Pandora's box.  It is strangely disturbing reading for those who enjoy the bizarre, the nostalgic, and the shrunken.

The next Cabinet of Curiosities will be the 17th of December at

Walking the Berkshires, and subsequent carnivals will appear on the

third Monday of the month… This way for the Egress!


The 36th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, is now posted on Creative Gene. Since this is a “carousel” edition, a park's 1903 antique carousel itself became the inspiration to write my article about Salem New Hampshire's Canobie Lake and Canobie Lake Park.  So gallop on over and read some intriguing submissions.  You might just catch a few bars of calliope music.


The 1st Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture, is now posted over at Small-leaved Shamrock. Lisa has done a wonderful job collecting and writing about the contributed articles.  The next edition entries must be received by December 28th, in order to be posted on January 1, 2008.  So if you have a story you'd like to share, don't delay!


I've been tagged… twice, err THREE times….

Becky Wiseman of kinexxions, Susan Kitchens at Family Oral History Using Digital Tools, and  Schelly Dardashti at Tracing the Tribe, have tagged me for the “161 Meme.” 

Instructions in order to participate are straightforward–open up a book I'm currently reading to page 161 and share the 6th sentence on that page in a blog article.  Then tag five more bloggers to do the same.

Let me be honest…I'm not currently reading a book. But a book I finished reading lately (a few weeks ago) was “The Widow's War,” by Sally Gunning.  I can't recall page 161, and the book has already been passed along to a friend.  However, the Amazon site lets me view a few of the book pages, and the closest I could come to page 161 was page 157.  The sixth sentence is: “He watched her.”

Set in pre-revolutionary America, the story revolves around Lyddie Berry whose husband is lost in a whaling disaster.  The challenges that she faces are harsher than what women face today (hopefully). This is an excellent novel that helps readers understand the socio-economic influences on women in colonial America.  If I have a criticism, it is that the character development, specifically of Sam Cowett, is very shallow.

As for tagging others…. if any of my readers has not yet been tagged for the “161 Meme” and would like to participate, please do!  Let me know and I'll post a link to your article here.


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