Monday, March 31, 2008

Revisiting History...

Hello Friends,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I have been meaning to ask if any of you have been watching the mini series John Adams on HBO. I have to admit that I wasn't much interested in American history when I was in school but now that I'm older I can appreciate what these people went through to create the Declaration of Independence. Since I started watching, I realized how little I understand what exactly went on so I started reading the book John Adams by David McCullough which the mini-series is based upon. Not only is it an amazing story of our countries history but it's a bit of a love story between Mr. Adams and his wife Abigail. My sister and I both have some friends that are going through a divorce and I have just begun to realize what real sacrifice is all about. Mr. and Mrs. Adams were apart for the better part of their first seventeen years of marriage. Yes, seventeen!!! And they had four children and a farm that Abigail took care of all by herself while her husband traveled the world to secure our freedom. They were very devoted to each other and corresponded through letters throughout their entire time apart. I know, I'm getting all dramatic but I can't help to think how easy we have things these days and how easily we tend to give up on our marriages or things that should really matter. I guess we are spoiled? Anyway, I really recommend this book if you feel, like me, that you didn't really give American History a shot the first time around. You will truly be grateful.
Also, I recently finished the book Me and Mr.Darcy by Alexandra Potter. For all of you Jane Austen fans, this is a story about an American girl who goes on a Jane Austen book tour in England and she ends up meeting The Mr. Darcy. It was a little silly at first but once I got into it, it turned out to be a cute little story. I recommend this for a little light reading in between the serious stuff:)
I'm still in a bit of an artistic rut but I have a few ideas that I just need to get onto a canvas. I find when I'm like this, that's the hardest part.......getting myself started again.
Well I'm off to do some spring closet cleaning....UGH! One of my least favorite jobs:)
Have a great day!


Kim H. said...

Since to hear you are enjoy the HBO history lesson! Spring cleaning- YUCK!

michelle said...

Okay, I have to give the john adams book a shot. I know my friend Tif at loveboxes loved it. My mom also had David Mccullugh(sp?) come do a library event for her an he is now her all time favorite author/person. She said it was like taking your favorite uncle around for the day, just a really lovely person. Yuck, spring cleaning!

Sandy Mastroni said...

I will make you more arms so you can get through cleaning and back to art. ha ha
[ referring to the comment you left on my blog ]

Thanks for telling us about these books . I will check these out .

The Vintage Sister Studio said...

Michelle, I can see what your mom meant about the favorite uncle. He has a wonderful way of explaining things like he was there. It's a long book....651 pages I think.

Sandy, I wish you could make me more arms! lol!!!

Anonymous said...

I think I found you via someone else's blog and find you completely facinating! I am going to be running to the library for the John Adams book...

annas dreams blog said...

I have not watched the series, but I heard that are pretty good. I am in love with your profile picture, its Beautiful.:)

Anonymous said...

I'd like to borrow that book when you finish please???
How about some more birds & bunnies & cats & dogs??? romping in the flower filled fields??? Spring is almost here!!!