Category Archives: Abraham Lincoln

O, FOR HISTORY: Abraham “Jack” Lincoln II

Abraham and Mary Lincoln only had one of their four sons to live into maturity. Their eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln (August 1, 1843 – July 26, 1926), would marry, celebrate the birth of three children, and prosper as an attorney, US … Continue reading

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Bucket Lists…

When the movie, THE BUCKET LIST, came out in 2007, the title worked its way into our vernacular.  One friend, an art teacher nearing retirement, will comment on various photos I post on Facebook that she is adding another item … Continue reading

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Winding down…

The Haasienda is winding down from a not-so-busy weekend. FRIDAY Quintin’s friend David spent Thursday night Made blueberry pancakes Read-researched Watched some documentaries Dined with Brian & Joanie Pollock On-going training at ACTION Adoption Services SATRUDAY Read Napped Wrote Watched … Continue reading

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Presidential Sites

I can never get enough of presidential or White House history.  97% of my Netflix rentals or instant watches are of documentaries – mostly having something to do with presidential or US History. This morning, I made a quick list … Continue reading

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Reading & Research…

I am working on a new theatrical project about Mary Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln.  I love being surrounded by all my books on Mrs. Lincoln, and President Lincoln.  They are like old friends.  Some I have had since the … Continue reading

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Inauguration Day

It is exciting, thrilling, inspiring, patriotic, and at times, capable of watering the eyes a bit.  I love the pomp and circumstance, and the pageantry.  When the former presidents and first ladies descend the stair case to the main inaugural … Continue reading

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LINCOLN: my reaction

I felt like a kid, tonight.  In fact, it felt like I had the excitement of all my birthdays and Christmases all combined. Quintin and I met Brian Pollock at The Greene to watch the movie I’ve waited several years … Continue reading

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Mock trial finds Mary Todd Lincoln was not insane

Mock trial finds Mary Todd Lincoln was not insane Re-enactment at presidential museum finds former first lady wrongfully committed By Jason Nevel Posted Oct 01, 2012 @ 10:44 PM SPRINGFIELD — Jurors in 1875 made the wrong choice in committing … Continue reading

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A Saturday at the Sea

This Saturday morning had a nice little twist to it.  We were up, showered, dressed, and out of the house by 9:45am, and eating breakfast at Panera in downtown Centerville where we were joined by Amy Kress, and her youngest … Continue reading

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Visiting Presidential Sites…

Since I was very young, I’ve immersed myself in presidential history, and have loved visiting historical sites associated with our nation’s leaders.  Today, my friend, Jeff Carter, and I were discussing our bucket lists of places to visit, and I … Continue reading

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Morton: ‘Willie’ was second Lincoln child to die young

From The Northwest Herald… Morton: ‘Willie’ was second Lincoln child to die young

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…Earliest recordings of Presidents…

This is believed to be the oldest known recording of any U.S. President. It was recorded on an Edison wax cylinder sometime around 1889.

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…39 Years of Collecting Lincoln…

Since March 1973 I have collected books, and other Lincoln memorabilia.  My most prized possession… the bust of Lincoln given to my by my uncle, Ron Barmes, 1973.  Another is a framed card de visite of Mary Todd Lincoln – … Continue reading

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…Little Eddie…

Edward Baker “Eddie” Lincoln (March 10, 1846 – February 1, 1850) was the second son of Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln. He was named after Lincoln’s friend Edward Dickinson Baker, and the youngest Lincoln son to die.  Eddie died one month … Continue reading

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…The King Has Left The Building…

The pure, the bright, the beautiful that stirred our hearts in youth The impulses to wordless prayer The streams of love and truth The longing after something lost The spirit’s longing cry The striving after better hopes These things can … Continue reading

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…Enter ANGELS, Stage-Right…

Since childhood I have always sensed energizing, protective, and unseen guiding presences in my life.  For several years a lovely lady visited me regularly during my sleep – or at least, what I thought was my sleep.  Today, at age … Continue reading

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I Saw Two Clouds At Morning

Epithalamium I SAW two clouds at morning, Tinged with the rising sun; And in the dawn they floated on, And mingled into one: I thought that morning cloud was blest, It moved so sweetly to the west. I saw two … Continue reading

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Sam Waterston's Remarks at Monticello, July 4th, 2007

Sam Waterston�s Remarks at Monticello, July 4th, 2007 It’s wonderful to be here and a privilege, indeed, to congratulate you, the heroes of the moment in the great work of making and sustaining a government that derives its authority from … Continue reading

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What Makes A Good Citizen?

July 4th, 2007, Jose and I were present for the naturalization ceremony that took place on the expansive lawn of Monticello, the mountaintop plantation of President Thomas Jefferson.  It was a poignant moment for me since this was also the … Continue reading

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A relaxing holiday…

It is Monday, 1:00pm. The end of the restful, and enjoyable holiday weekend is creeping upon us.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were the most perfect days we’ve had in weeks. Saturday was a bit steamy, but not too hateful. Sunday, … Continue reading

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We… Hold… These… Truths…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Thursday….

The deck, at 1:15pm this Thursday afternoon, is cool, breezy, and filled with the irregular musical tones of the wind chimes. My lunch is finished, and I am now set to blogging, and working on other projects. This has been … Continue reading

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Sunday With The Lincolns…

4:00am found me wide awake this morning, but I managed to return to two more hours of sleep. After feeding Logan and Flyer, I settled down to write the morning’s entry on this blog site, and by 9:30am I was … Continue reading

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Reunion with Mrs. Lincoln…

In 1986, while a student at Ball State University, I began writing a choral project on President Lincoln. Having been a fan of the 16th president since first grade this was a project I thoroughly enjoyed. For some reason, I … Continue reading

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Robert Todd Lincoln presentation… need suggestions…

Robert Todd Lincoln – from youth to old age. Last photo shows RTL at the dedication of The Lincoln Memorial with former president, William Howard Taft (then serving as Chief Justice) and President Warren G. Harding. I was asked by … Continue reading

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