Fun Facts Friday: John Burroughs
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 5, 2019

John Burroughs (3 April, 1837 – 29 March, 1921) was an American naturalist and essayist. Born on a farm in the Catskill Mountains, Mr. Burroughs was the seventh of ten children. To go to college, Mr. Burroughs worked as a teacher alternating studying and teaching. The Atlantic Monthly published his first essay in 1860. Mr. Burroughs’ writing was so similar to the editor’s friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s that he thought, at first, that the piece was plagiarized. Mr. Burroughs made his living as a federal bank examiner, along with writing and growing table grapes in a farm he bought in West Park, NY. He was close friends with poet Walt Whitman, as well as President Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Burroughs loved to go fly fishing, since he was a young boy. Mr. Burroughs’ biographer said that he was “a literary naturalist with a duty to record his own unique perceptions of the natural world.”  At the early 1900s, Mr. Burroughs renovated a farmhouse and called it Woodchuck Lodge, a National Historic Landmark since 1962.  Mr. Burroughs enjoyed a healthy life, until a few months before his death. He passed away in a train in Ohio. He is buried at the foot…

Book Review: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky by Andrew Fazekas and  Howard Schneider
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / April 3, 2019

About: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, 2nd Edition by Andrew Fazekas and  Howard Schneider is a guide to introduce people, young and young at heart, to astronomy. Mr. Fazekas, the Night Sky Guy, is a science writer and speaker. 288 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: 1426220154   My rating for National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, 2nd Edition – 5 Buy National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, 2nd Edition from Amazon.com* More Books by Andrew Fazekas* More Books from National Geographic* Thoughts: I know next to nothing about the stars, but I love everything “space”. I’m always excited when new discoveries are found and when new adventures are afoot. Because my skills at recognizing heavenly bodies are so lacking, is the reason I found National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, 2nd Edition by Andrew Fazekas and Howard Schneider to be an invaluable resource in my bookish arsenal. This book is more for those of us who want to start learning about the night’s sky. Of course, trying to find a dark sport in the suburbs to look up and is not easy, but certainly doable. The book is full…

Book Review: Grateful American by Gary Sinise

About: Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise is a biography of the famous actor about his career, family and charity work. Mr. Sinise is a talented actor, known to many as Lieutenant Dan from the classic movie Forrest Gump, but is appreciated just as much for his work with American wounded veterans. 272 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson Language: English ISBN-10: 1400208122 My rating for Grateful American – 4 Buy Grateful American from Amazon.com* More books by Gary Sinise* Thoughts: Forrest Gump and Apollo 13 are two of my favorite movies, but the work that Mr. Sinise does with wounded veterans is what sets him apart from many of his profession. I was looking forward to read the biography Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise, and I was not disappointed. Mr. Sinise writes in a direct, honest way in which he tells his life story. His childhood and rebellious teenage years in Chicago, the founding of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and his family – all from a point of view of appreciating the United States and those who protect it. The author made it his life’s mission to help wounded veterans wherever he can….

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