Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ROAD TRIP

I was so happy that this summer I could visit Gallaudet campus!
It was a delight to walk around campus and see the statue of Alice and Gallaudet.
I am still working on my book: A Study of Alice. I am optimistic it will be ready and published by Sept. 2016!




(Above) This is a pretty common view of this famous statue.

I love that Alice has a book clutched to her bosom. She really did love learning. Even though this statue was created 100 years after Thomas Gallaudet was born, they do seem to have captured her sweet demeanor and her passion for learning.














I think I prefer this point-of-view of the statue. (Below) I just wish I had gotten to the campus- maybe a half hour sooner, then I wouldn't have had ANY shadow on her face.



To me, where you stand and view the statue- really gives a different feeling.
I would be interested to know if it has the same effect on you! Please comment below your thought and feelings as you compare the picture on the left and the image on the right.

As always- THANKS for Stopping by!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Primary Resources by Lydia Sigourney


I need to pause from my writing/publishing pursuits to give some credit- where credit is long over-due.



I am forever grateful to Lydia (Huntley) Sigourney.
She was a prolific writer and friend of the Cogswell family.




Without her books and poems, I would have been lost in my research.



She tells the women's perspective of the time, and has been extremely helpful in my attempt to imagine Alice Cogswell's life.





Lydia was Alice's teacher while Thomas Gallaudet was away in Europe learning how to instruct deaf students.

She was an amazing woman, whom is often mocked by the men of her time period.





Women in the 1800's did not have equal rights as men. So the men in her era probably felt threatened by this entrepreneur who was largely self-educated.





 She established her own school for girls, teaching the little ladies of predominant families in Hartford. (She also taught poor black children on Sundays.) She wrote poetry and was a singer as well. When her husbands business dealings failed, she took up writing to supplement their family income. Which was probably tolerable, except that she published under her own name! (How scandal-less!)



This was very radical for that time period. Many felt she was over stepping her place or station in life. They felt a good wife, supports her husband by staying behind the scene. That she should have been more meek and submissive, and written under a pen name as many women of the time did.

Here are some of her writing that have been helpful. Not only for their content, her written opinions and views of life in the 1800's, but for the images. (The images in her books published in the 1800's are open to the public domain! So I plan to use some of these images in my up coming stories about Alice.)

Letters to Young Ladies by Lydia Sigourney
The Child's Book by Lydia Sigourney

Sunday, June 12, 2016

200th Anniversary!

April 2017 marks an amazing 200th Anniversary. 
Can you guess who or what?

The American School for the Deaf- that's who!

And with the creation of the first school for the Deaf in America- AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE was born! (Is anyone else geeking out about this like me?)

I am so excited to help celebrate ASL birthday!

2017 is going to be a fun year, especially if you live near the ASD in West Hartford Connecticut. They are planning some amazing and fun events! Even though I live on the opposite side of the county- I am hoping to take a trip and be apart of some of the festivities.

As I have studied the history behind the establishing of the ASD, I have been so inspired. Inspired to action. To take dreams and ideas and turn them into realities. For that is what Mason Cogswell and Thomas Gallaudet did. They took an idea of starting a school for the Deaf and worked to make it a reality.

So in the same spirit - I have decided to take steps in turning some of my ideas into reality- by publishing some stories and projects I have been working on for the last 5 years.

Is there something you have been thinking about?
A wish you have been day dreaming of?

Start making plans to make those come true in 2017!