Kittie Howard

Monday, April 19, 2010

Quiet Days and Sunshine

A Louisiana story swirls.  Unfortunately, I jammed my index finger in a drawer a few days ago.  The finger's not broken but swollen and bruised, an ouchie that doesn't particularly like typing. Just can't disassociate the feeling of typing with the story that swirls. Sigh.  All things are meant to be . . . .

So, I'm reading 1491 by Charles C. Mann and thought I'd pass on that this is a really good book.  Not a beach or coach potato book.  But a heavily researched book that, for all the research, flows.  1491 chronicles the Americas (North, South, and Central America) before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 and provides food for thought, especially as to the numbers of Native Americans along our East Coast.  New England, for example, was quite a busy place.  A brief passage:

When Columbus landed, Cook and Borah [researchers] concluded, the central Mexican plateau alone had a population of 25.2 million.  By contrast, Spain and Portugal together had fewer than ten million inhabitants.  Central Mexico, they said, was the most densely populated place on earth, with more than twice as many people per square mile than China or India.

Anyway, it's a glorious spring day here in Virginia.  Mother Nature put on an incredible floral show this year.  The colors amaze.  And the rain has kept the grass green and growing.  What treasures!

I'd also like to thank Jen at Unedited ( for the lovely Silver Lining Award (right) and Bree at Shadow Dance ( for the lovely Sunshine Award (right).  Your thoughtfulness brought bright smiles!  Thank you!

So, with the expected criteria -- and as instructed -- I'd lilke to pass on these awards, with requested instructions for you to pass on your award to a like/approximate number of bloggers.  Let's spread some cheer around the world!

The Silver Lining Award:

The Wanderer at

The Grub Seeker at

Gypsy Village at

Sea Mist and Sunsets at

Blue Starr Gallery at

Four Dog Day at

Sunshine and Baba in Chennai at

Ms Hen's Blog at

The Sunshine Award:

Renee at

Cheek to Chic at

Through the Sapphire Sky at

This Is What I Meant By That at

This Is Not My Day Job at

The Writer's Funhouse at

Tao~The Yang Side at

A Case of Myth-Taken Identity at

Rose Tea Cottage at

Meg North at

Labyrinths of Lahrah at

All the Things I Love at

And, you probably have a favorite recipe blog.  Just in case you'd enjoy another site, I've had really delicious results with recipes at Bunny's Warm Oven (
It's not easy to fine a recipe for Bourbon Chicken that works.  Bunny's did!

I hope everyone has a bit of spare time to visit some of the sites above.  Some terrific posts await.  And, in this tough economy, I've got to put in a plug for our Mom and Pop sites!!!  They need love, too!

And I hope Iceland's volcano subsides soon, that Followers in the plume's path don't suffer hardships. Mother Nature's power never ceases to amaze.

Hugs and Love,

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