Connecting The Tiles

Mosaic Ceiling Tiles

Detail of Ceiling Mosaic, Billards Room, The Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island

The Billiards Room ceiling was designed in the style of ancient Rome, with marble, alabaster, and other semi-precious stones covering the walls, floor, and ceiling. Mosaics one the ceiling included sea motifs.  Dolphins, which can be found as decorative elements in several rooms, are an ancient symbol of hospitality. The room was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt.

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Lives of the Deceased

Eliphalet Wheel(er) Curtis, Died Nov 2, 1796

Gravestone,1796, Flatbrook Cemetery, Town of Canaan,Columbia County, New York

Eliphalet Curtis died on November 2, 1796. He was buried in the Flatbrook Cemetery, Town of Canaan, Columbia County, New York. At the base of the grave marker, hidden in the grass, it says that Eliphalet was aged 7 years so  he was born about 1789. According to the headstone, his middle name was Wheel. Per a U.S. Find a Grave site, his middle name was Wheeler. There apparently wasn’t enough room for his  full first and middle name on the top line. Though this photo cuts off the right side of the marker, I preferred the lighting and depth of field. We know very little about Eliphalet. His parents (who both died in 1851) and his siblings lived and died in Canaan and are buried in Flatbrook Cemetery, except one.

History is fascinating and the most interesting information can be discovered if you follow the leads on genealogical websites. Eliphalet’s youngest sister, Catherine Curtis (born 1811) married Orson Spencer, a prominent Baptist minister, in 1830. In 1841, Spencer and Catherine joined the Mormon Church and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. Spencer, and his brothers Hyrum and Daniel, rose to prominence in the church in Illinois and later in Utah. Catherine became ill and died in Iowa in 1846 after the Mormons were forced to flee Nauvoo. She was secretly buried in Nauvoo. Her obituary written by Spencer says Catherine was “The youngest daughter of a numerous family, brought up in affluence, and nurtured with fondness and peculiar care as the favourite of her father’s house . . .” When she became ill and her distant friends (family?) offered to take her, she refused, according to Spencer, saying, “no, if they will withhold from me the supplies they readily grant to my other sisters and brothers, because I adhere to the Saints, let them. I would rather abide with the church, in poverty, even in the wilderness, without their aid, than go to my unbelieving father’s house, and have all that he possesses.”

Spencer was sent on a mission to England in 1846, and their children were left in the care of a relative. The children traveled to Utah in 1848 in a Pioneer wagon train, where they settled. In 1849 Spencer led a wagon train of Pioneers to Utah. He became the chancellor of what was to become the University of Utah, a position he held until his death in 1855.

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CBWC: Older Than 50

Past the Half-Century Mark

It finally happened, we are all over 50 years of age.

It finally happened, we are all over 50 years of age.

No, it’s not the tractor or the barn—it’s the sisters. As of last May, all six of us are over 50 years of age. We range from 62 to 50. I’m the oldest but I stopped doing birthdays years ago because I don’t want to be categorized by my age, I just want to be seen as a person. I think not being an age allows me to think young(er) and to be more open to change.

CBWC: Older Than 50


Zebra Connection

Zebra Connection

Zebra Connection

Last summer when I toured Etosha National Park in Namibia, I was surprised by the relaxed and affectionate physical connections between zebras. In Etosha, many of the plains zebra live small family groups called harems.

WPC: Connection

Recharging and Reconnecting Recap

Retirement Review: September 7, 2014

My blog is about my new three Rs: retire, recharge, and reconnect. I accomplished the first R on March 31, 2014 when I retired. I decided that five months is a good point to take stock of how I’ve done on the other two. Why wait the traditional six months: Break out of the mold.

Have I recharged and reconnected? Have I moved on to the next phase of my life?  I made this list to remind myself where my journey has taken me since March 31, 2014. I was gratified to see what I had accomplished. I might not be totally there but I have made definite progress. Regularly posting to this blog has helped me move forward. I have

  • traveled in three continents, five countries (not counting layovers), one Canadian province, ten US states (not counting the ones I drove through without stopping), four of the five Great Lakes, Niagara Falls;
  • ridden in a car, a ferry, a boat, a train, an airplane, a taxi, a bus, a tram, and a safari vehicle;
  • crossed mountains, deserts, sand dunes, oceans, prairies, grasslands, rivers, and lakes;
  • encountered six of my seven siblings (I visited my sister in Alaska over Christmas), most of my nieces and nephews, many other relatives, lots of old friends, and five great safari traveling companions;
  • visited or viewed cathedrals, castles, museums, historic houses, Namibian game reserves and national parks, elephants, zebras, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, oryx, kudu, one lonely black rhino, dolphins, white pelicans, flamingos, a whale, fur seals, giant red sand dunes, the Atlantic Ocean looking west, ancient rock engravings, stained glass windows, Cartier jewelry, Norman Rockwell paintings, Alphonse Mucha’s great mural cycle, US civil war historic sites, and a casino, and
  • regularly contributed photographs and postings to this blog, to my ViewBug photo page, to Facebook; worked to improve my photography skills; and explored ways expand my world.
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