Monthly Archives: April 2015

Downright Dencey

This evening I finished reading Downright Dencey by Caroline Dale Snedeker.

Downright Dencey, Caroline Dale Snedeker, Maginel Wright BarneyDownright Dencey was a Newbery runner-up in 1928. I really enjoyed reading the book as it is set in the Quaker community of Nantucket Island shortly after the War of 1812.

The book has wonderful illustrations by Maginel Wright Barney at the start of each chapter.

Nantucket, Downright Dencey, Caroline Dale Snedeker, Newbery The story gives good insight into the social structure of the island and an interesting look at life where the men of families were often gone for long periods of time on whaling or merchant ships.

The story centers around Dencey who is a young Quaker girl and Jetsam who is a young boy who lives with an Indian woman who is an outcast. We get a good look at Quaker life and their relation with others both within and without their community.

Caroline Dale Snedeker wrote quite a few books for young people including The Forgotten Daughter which was also a Newbery runner-up in 1934. This novel is set in 2nd century Rome. This book is on my to-read list as it is one of 61 Newbery award winners that I haven’t read yet.

There is also a sequel to Downright Dencey that I would like to read. The Beckoning Road covers the travels of Dencey’s family to Indiana where they join the New Harmony utopian community.

New Harmony, Indiana, Utopian, Caroline Dale Snedeker, The Beckoning Road, Robert OwenCaroline Dale Snedeker was born in New Harmony in 1871 and was the great-granddaughter of Robert Owen who founded the community.

I look forward to reading more of her works. Like so many other Newbery award winners, reading this one has added a bunch of new books to my to-read list.

Have you read any of her books?


Postcards from Lyon

Long ago I would pick up postcards from the many different places that I traveled to. Now I take my own pictures, but will still occasionally pick up a good postcard.

While looking through a stack of postcards tonight I ran across a set of postcards from my first trip outside of the country.

My first International trip was to Lyon, France for a training course on a new product being introduced by the company I worked for. This would have been about 24 years ago. I am also remembering the trainer who was one of the influences that peaked my interest in training.

La Place Bellecour et la Colline de Fourviere, Postcard, Lyon FranceThis postcard is of the La Place Bellecour et la Colline de Fourvière. You will see the church building on top of the hill in the next two postcards as well.

Someday I need to write more about Lyon as it was a fascinating city and one that I would like to visit again someday. I also need to find the pictures I took. I was looking for them last week until my mind started to wander when I found pictures from A Visit to Rome.

Lyon France, Festival of the light, Fete de la LumiereThis postcard caught my eye because of the big contrast between the dark and light. The picture is an aerial view of the city during the Fete de la Lumiere of The Festival of the Light. In the bottom right you can see the Basilique de Fourvière.

Basilique de Fourvière, Lyon France, Street ViewHere is another interesting view of the Basilique de Fourvière. I like the way that the street level is blurred out.

Lyon France, River, Rhone, SaoneLyon is at the convergence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. If you travel a little out of the city it is very picturesque. I am also remembering a picture that I took of a bridge across the Rhone that I need to find and post.

I am also remembering the very good food that I had in Lyon. The city is known as the gastronomical capital of France.

My mind is wandering all over the place now as memories of the trip flood back. I must get this closed before I write a novel.

Have you been to Lyon?