Great Grandmother’s Journal, End of October, 1956

Sunday, October 28

The children were in my bedroom early.  Small fry is so cute.  Had a good dinner. Watched television in the evening.


Monday, Octoer 29

Fixed my dress.  Did some sewing and cleaning. Man at the door about my lot caving in.  Supper and television at Purcells.

Tuesday, October 30

Rec’d $30 Otto Green

Lois called. Roger will pick me up after the 4 O’clock shift.

Me and my gadding.

Had a good supper.

Wednesday, October 31

Lois on the P.T. A. committee for the kindergarten party.

Richard (the baby of all her grandchildren, I believe, the baby of daughter-in-law Lois’ family, anyway)- was broken hearted to have her go. I finally got him quieted down Slept a long time in my arms. Sobbed for such a long time- so he was deeply hurt.

Took a frozen (can’t read) over. Had it for supper with noodles and egg gravy.  It was good.  Watched television, and 78 children came for Trick or Treat.

img_20161110_2341231821Thursday November 1

Roger took me over to the cemetery, planted tulips on dad’s grave.  then after lunch brot me home. Stopped at Mrs. Hilty’s grave. They have a new stone much like dad’s.

Watched Purcell’s television for a while.

Very foggy.

Friday, November 2

Did not do much. So foggy until near noon, they say all planes to Chicago are grounded. Talked to Mr (or Mrs?) Hilty- the mortgage on the Masonic Temple all paid for and burned in a ceremony Saturday night. How terribly hard dad worked to get enough funds borrowed to finish that building  Few of them know about it.

Saturday, November 3

She paid bills- lights for the cottage, 2.50; water for the main house, 2.10; Bell telephone, 6.60

Watched Purcell’s television.

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Nature Study Ideas

vintage boy in snow picture commonroomWinter Nature Study

Play `Kim’s game’- pick a scene outside a window, look at it
carefully enough to be able to look at it again on another day and
describe what is different.
When you have been able to take a brisk walk, go home, and over hot cocoa ask who can remember what you passed on your walk and tell each other all you remember.

Observe the trees, note their changes- pick one or two trees and
check them every week to see what’s different. You can do this from
inside with a good pair of binoculars

Learn to recognize bird calls- set up a bird feeder, check out, and once you have identified a bird, go to the website
to hear its call

The Sun:

Observe its position at various times throughout the day

Note times of sunrise and sunset as well as their direction

The place of the sun at the hottest part of the day

Distance and direction

In addition to noting the location of the sun

Note the time it takes to walk/drive

A foot, a yard, a block, a quarter mile, a half mile

To frequent destinations- a friend’s house, the store, the library,
the barn, the corner, around the block (wherever it is you do walk-
learn how far that is and how long it takes to walk that distance)


Direction, learn what a western wind means (it is blowing from the
west, not toward the west, just as a Canadian is _from_ Canada)


Observe their shape, size, style, color and note the connection
between clouds and weather

WE bought the book _Exploring Nature In Winter_, by Alan Cvancara
through Abebooks.
I found a few useful ideas, although it is primarily for adults to
use to learn to enjoy the outdoors in winter as well as warmer
months. One of the many ideas between its covers is how to preserve
snowflakes to sketch.

You need microscope slides, which you put on a sturdy surface, like
cardboard. Spray the slides with something like Krylon- clear,
plastic spray generally for preserving artwork. Then allow snow
crystals to land on the sprayed slides. Bring the slides in to dry.
If it worked, you will have replicas of snowflake crystals that
remain clear. You can sketch them, examine them under the
microscope, or use a magnifying glass. Of course, to do this, your
slides and the spray should be below freezing, or they will melt the
snowflake on contact. (we have only tried this once and it didn’t
work for us)

He suggests noting weather conditions, air temperatures, wind
direction, speed, and what type of snow crystals predominate. These
things, of course, could all be admirable additions to the Nature

Another way to study snowflakes is take out a a piece of black
cardboard, or black felt stretched on a board, (or wear black wool
mittens), and a magnifying glass and study the snowflakes outside.
Just be careful not to melt them with your breath as you gasp in rapt
admiration;-) We keep a bit of black felt or an old black mitten in
the freezer all winter long so that we can grab it and catch a few
snowflakes on it and bring them in for a quick investigation.


Another `nature study’ book that I especially love is called Growing
Up Green, by Alice Skelsey and Gloria Huckaby. It’s sort of hippy
flavored in parts, not too strongly (it was written in the 70’s, I
believe). I used this when my 21 and 20 y.o. daughters were 2 and 1. I used a
copy from my library all those years ago. In 1999 I found it again
at the local used bookstore and grabbed it for old time’s sake. We have enjoyed it using with with our younger children. It
is a nice book, with lots of fun things to do with your children to
share the love of growing things, even in winter.

You can grow a potato indoors and sketch the leaves or roots. It’s
very easy, and very pretty. You just stick a potato or a sweet
potato (they’re prettier) in a jar of water so that just the bottom
touches the water. Buy organic, or yours may never grow.
If the potato is too even in shape to stay up on the rim, then stick
three toothpicks up around the side, and they will prop the tater up
so it doesn’t submerge.

It makes a beautiful vine and you can keep it going for several
Once it starts to turn a bit yellow, it’s time to repot it (I use a
large coffee can), and then it will keep for another month or two.
Then you need to either dump it or plant it outside and start
another one.
It would work well to sketch the growth of the potato each week,
measuring roots and leaves, that sort of thing.

Another indoor nature project is growing beans. You take a clear jar
and roll a paper towel up and line the jar with it. Get the towel
damp, and stick some dried beans (navy beans, lima, that sort, but
*not* split peas;-D) between the paper and the jar. Keep the
toweling damp and you can watch how the seed splits open and how the
roots grow. You could sketch this (with dates and measurements) in
the sketchbook as well.

Get a small pet, if you can- something like a gerbil, hamster, fish,
or lizard, and observe it, adding to the nature notebook as desired.

Another neat thing to do is to sketch the moon each week, on the same
night, to let the child discover for herself the cycles of the moon.

Evergreens are always good subjects for winter nature study.
Learn the pattern their needles grow in, look at pine cones, study
what wildlife, if any, hangs out at the evergreen tree in winter.

You can also bring in a rock, a bit of wood or small log with
lichen on it and sketch it from the dining room table.

You can sketch a leafless twig, noting the placing of the leaf scars,
the color of the wood, the shape, etc.

We have tied a string around a twig or tree branch you can see from
a window, then sketch it once a month, observing seasonal changes.

Keep a root garden growing, two pie pans full of
parsnip and carrot tops. You could sketch those weekly.

We have also studied two turnips, hollowed out and hanging upside down, filled
with water. The idea was that they were supposed to sprout leaves,
the leaves would grow up, making a leafy looking basket

YOu could look for old seed pods and sketch them, or animal tracks in
the snow.
Go to a petstore and observe some critters there.

Force a bulb to bloom indoors.

Keep a calendar of nature firsts all year long- this should include
things like first snowfall, first ice storm, first bird to your
feeder, first goose seen flying south, first goose seen returning,
and even the i.d. of the birds you see at your feeder every day.

If you gut a fish or cut up a chicken, call the kids in to look at
it and identify pieces and parts- if you all can stomach it=)

If you have the Comstock book, see what she says about molds and

If you have a cat or dog, dig out the Comstock book and look up
those animals and note the points she says to observe.

If you have indoor houseplants, use them for some studies- they need
to be learning to observe and note things like shape of leaves,
smell of plant, shape of stem, placement of leaves, etc. from their
own observations- but there is no reason they can’t do this with a
geranium and a rosemary plant from your windowsill just as much as
from a weed outside. Spend some time studying the fruits and
vegetables you bring home from the store. The main point is their
_personal_ practice at observing real items.

Miss Mason did suggest that the children go outside everyday, rain
or snow or sunshine, but I am sure she had experienced nothing quite
like the blizzards we get on the prairies in North America. We do
what we can with the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

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A lot of sloppy work and outright lies going around about Bannon. One of them is that he called Kristol a renegade Jew. Er, not. David Horowitz, who is Jewish, wrote the article about Kristol being the “renegade Jew”. Not Bannon.

This Orthodox Jew points out several ways Bannon’s actual life and work do not fit the slander.

Dershowitz defends him.

The only sources I have heard claiming to know he thinks ugly things about Jewish Americans either are the MSM or they are getting their info entirely from the MSM, who have already shown themselves to be grossly unreliable on this issue. The only barely believable accusation comes from a statement made by an exwife during an acrimonious divorce, and she is apparently the only person in the world who has ever heard anything like it from Bannon. I ind it really hard to believe in this single example from a hostile witness.

The Borking of Bannon
“The Times frames its front-page story using the technique of just passing along the denunciation of “critics.” It’s as irresponsible as Donald Trump passing along what he’s “hearing” about Barack Obama’s birth certificate. If the “critics” are correct, then the Times shouldn’t need to hide behind them. And if not, their stories are a slanderous smear campaign.

Yet a third news article about the Bannon issue in the Times reiterates, “Critics, including some conservatives formerly associated with it, have denounced Breitbart [the media company Bannon led] in its current incarnation as a hate site steeped in misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, white nationalism and anti-Semitism.”

The effort by the Times to depict Mr. Bannon as the second coming of Adolph Hitler and David Duke initially struck me as odd. I say that primarily because when my book JFK, Conservative came out, Mr. Bannon had me on his radio show. He was gracious, friendly and supportive. He’d clearly read the book, which has plenty of material about Kennedy and Israel and the Soviet Jews, and which doesn’t exactly leave it a mystery where I am coming from on those issues. I assume he realized I was Jewish from my biography indicating past work for the Forward and the Jerusalem Post.

In the past few days, additional testimony and information has emerged. Ben Shapiro, a critic of Breitbart‘s who left the site with some acrimony, nevertheless wrote: “I have no evidence that Bannon’s a racist or that he’s an anti-Semite; the Huffington Post’s blaring headline ‘WHITE NATIONALIST IN THE WHITE HOUSE’ is overstated, at the very least.” No mention of that in the New York Times.

As David Bernstein has pointed out, the Breitbart site also includes totally philosemitic and innocuous content, such as this story headlined: “1000 Attend Giant Shabbat Dinner in Tel Aviv for Global Shabbat Project.” No mention of that in the New York Times.”
Read it all.

Jeff Dunnetz: Where is the anti-semitism?

Roger Kimball, the Steve Bannon Bogeyman

Why the big lie? David P. Goldman: “Steve is fervently pro-Israel, and it is utterly ridiculous to suggest that he is anti-Semitic….. Anyone can search the Breitbart Media archive for posts on Israel, Jews, and related topics, as I have, and determine that Steve Bannon’s hugely successful media platform is 100% pro-Israel.

Not only that: Breitbart consistently reports on the dangers of anti-Semitism around the world.

Not a single article appeared in during the past two years that could not have appeared in Israel Hayom, the leading Israeli daily.”

Not the Bannon he knows: ‘What is being done to Steve Bannon is a shonda,’ says RJC board member Bernie Marcus.
read more:
Bernie Marcus, a Republican Jewish Coalition board member and the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, rose to the defense of Stephen Bannon Tuesday, calling attacks on him “nothing more than an attempt to undermine the incoming Trump administration.”

Using the Yiddish word for “scandal,” Marcus, who donated more than $7 million to the Trump campaign, said in a statement that “what is being done to Steve Bannon is a shonda.”

On Sunday, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump announced that Bannon, his campaign’s chief executive and the former chairman of the conservative website Breitbart News, will serve as his chief strategist and senior counselor.

The White House appointment has proved controversial, with a host of organizations, including Jewish groups, criticizing the move. Leading the charge in the Jewish world has been the Anti-Defamation League, whose CEO Jonathan Greenblatt has charge that Bannon, as a self-proclaimed leader of the “alt-right,” harbors anti-Semitic and white nationalist views that are “hostile to core American values.”

The statement defending Bannon was issued by the RJC on the organization’s letterhead. Marcus wrote: “I have known Steve Bannon for many years. I have been shocked and saddened to see the recent personal attacks on Steve. Nothing could be further from the truth. The person that is being demonized in the media is not the person I know.”

Marcus said that Bannon was a “passionate Zionist and supporter of Israel” who felt so strongly about the Jewish state that “he opened a Breitbart office in Israel to ensure that the true pro-Israel story would get out.”

Herman Caine: I know him, and he is not a white supremacist

As anybody knows who reads Breitbart regularly, it’s not anti-semitic. it’s not alt-right, and it’s not white supremacist.

“The fact that this is a smear without foundation seem obvious from statements made by Jewish friends and associates of Bannon. Former Breitbart reporter Ben Shapiro left the news site after a falling out with Bannon, and there is no love lost between the two. Yet he writes, “I have no evidence that Bannon’s a racist or that he’s an anti-Semite.” David Horowitz states that the accusation is completely without foundation. Milo Yiannopoulos, one of Breitbart’s main writers, wrote many of the headlines Bannon is currently under fire for, and he’s half Jewish. Orthodox Jew Joel Pollack, Breitbart staff writer, states “Steve is a friend of the Jewish people and a defender of Israel, as well as being a passionate American patriot and a great leader,” and he goes on to say that not only is Bannon not anti-Semitic, “if anything, he is overly sensitive about it, and often takes offense on Jews’ behalf.”
Read it all

What I am seeing is the same people in the media that I already know have lied and misled people and colluded with the DNC behind the scenes are wanting me to believe their accusations without any evidence. They didn’t get a thing about the election right, and I have seen no evidence that they have learned a thing since then. They claim Breitbart is an alt-right publication. Andrew Breitbart,t he founder, was a devout Jew and a conservative. The alt-right hates conservatives. They call them cucks. Breitbart isn’t an alt-right publication. The alt-right doesn’t even like Breitbart all that much. They tolerate breitbart is about the warmest possible description. So why would I beleive them?
Bannon in his own words– a transcript from a skyped teleconference 8 years ago. Well worth your time. In case you don’t know, the alt-right that I’ve read has nothing but disdain for the term ‘Judeo-Christian’ heritage. They don’t think Judeo has anything to do with the forces that created this country.

Donald Trump’s son-in-law is Jewish, and he says his father is not anti-semitic and doesn’t mince words with those who are.

This has all the markings of a deliberate smear campaign, and he’s essentially being asked to prove he doesn’t still beat his wife. You know the old lawyer bind where the lawyer asks ‘do you still beat your wife, yes or no” and there is no way to answer it without giving the smear more credence than it deserves. I favor the ‘quit lying’ response to smear tactics like this, but shrugging your shoulders and going on to discuss real things with people who have open minds is also valid. What isn’t valid is pretending there is any reason for somebody with a moderately open mind, willing to give somebody the benefit of the doubt, to give five minutes of attention to smears like this. I don’t expect any of the information above to change the mind of those who already believe the New York Times is a reliable source of information about anything or anybody that is not approved by the Democrat party. But I think it might be useful to those who are still shocked to find themselves adrift in a sea of sharks masquerading as innocent life-preservers, and wish to develop a set of guidelines and insights into understanding how to sort out the lies.

For truth:
Look for named sources, and preferably more than one. No named sources=no credibility. One hostile witness, something to think about, but not convincing on its own.
Look for very specific details. No details of time and place, no credibility.
Links to sources for its claims? If not, why not?
Look for begging the question- begging the question is when somebody presenting an argument skips a step and just expects you to assume part of his unproven claim is actually proven, without bothering to do any of the work of persuading you with facts. When they claim that Breitbart news is a known altright publication, anti-semitic, or white supremacist, for instance, that is question begging. It’s unproven (and there is a reason for that). Often it will be presented in a sweeping generalization presented as something everybody knows.
Cross reference the source and the reporter with Wikileaks.
Look for redefining terms- for instance, anti-semitism no longer meaning hostile to Jews, but to Arabs, or ‘racism’ redefined as a trait only white people can have.
Consider the history, including redefining of terms – since when has the left cared at all about anybody being hostile toward Jews?
Do they source any kind of context you could read to make up your own mind, or do they assume they are there to make up your mind for you?

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ADL walks back accusations

“We are not aware of any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon.”

More here

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anti-Semitism of hard left

Antisemitism of hard left

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