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 MrsK's Booked to Dine Book Reviews

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 The Inn at Rose Harbor paperback editionThe Inn at Rose Harbor

 

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Jane Kirkpatrick plans to return to the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens during Lilac Days 2013. Check website in early May 2013 for times and dates of Kirkpatrick's visit.
"Where Lilacs Still Bloom" will be available for purchase in our gift shop during Lilac Days 2013. www.jkbooks.com

 

March's Choice

The Crazy Quilt of Life

 We are reading The Crazy Quilt of Life by Lida Beaty-Jackson. This historical memoir is a refreshing read, don't forget that the grand-daughter will be with us to discuss and share items and stories in connection to Lida's story.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Woman turns grandma's story into 'Crazy Quilt of Life'

Photo by Troy Wayrynen

Margaret Ann Parker always wanted to publish her grandmother's recollections of pioneer life on the Great Plains. Now she's done it.

By Scott Hewitt
Columbian Staff Reporter

Friday, April 5, 2013 

Margaret Ann Parker, left, and Jordan Brown show off diaries, photos, dolls and other artifacts from the life of Parker's grandmother, Lida Beaty-Jackson.

Margaret Ann Parker's lifelong dream was to see her grandmother's remarkable journey get the attention it deserved. But she didn't find the time and dedication to publish the diaries until a few misfortunes changed her life -- opening up the time and a new attitude, as well.

Parker, 65, was a full-time registered nurse until 1986, when she suffered a severe back injury on the job. That slowed her down some, but she kept at it part time, until a freak accident stopped that, too. It was hardly anything, she said, but it changed everything: She was walking her dog, tripped, landed hard on her forehead and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.

"I've gotten to the point with the head injury where I just don't have the stamina and the concentration" for nursing work, Parker said. "I kept my license up until this year, but I very sadly let it go."

Sadness didn't overtake her, though — partially thanks to the example of her grandmother.

"Instead of sitting around doing nothing, I realized God had a plan for me and for these diaries. The whole thing became a big adventure for me."

And for her young friend from church, 21-year-old Jordan Brown, an education major at the University of Portland, who agreed to help Parker organize and transcribe the diaries of Lida Beaty-Jackson.

Parker's grandmother was born in 1881 and grew up in a "soddy" in west Kansas. Here's her description of arriving there, a tired child at the end of a long pilgrimage from Indiana:

"Heartsick and dismayed, we viewed the ruins of our home. Some thief had stolen the center ridgepole that had supported the roof, along with the windows and doors and the frames of each; every scrap of wood about the place was gone. Roofless, the house stood there like a skeleton."

"The Crazy Quilt of Life" is better than your standard self-published morass. It's literate, visual, engaging reading that shows people making life for themselves despite tough odds: building a community school and wiping out a community of coyotes; enduring blizzards, prairie fires, rattlesnakes and running cattle; surprise birthday parties and deaths in childbirth; Lida's college education, teaching career and marriage to a local newspaper editor who eventually went to work for a congressman and took his young family to Washington, D.C.

"My grandmother had such amazing writing skills," said Parker, who lives in the Van Mall neighborhood. "It's amazing to read all the things she endured in an optimistic way."

But what's left out must have been an amazing story too: Lida's second marriage, to Edward Jackson — who became governor of Indiana in 1924.

"I would love to dig into that but I don't know what happened" to any more Beaty-Jackson journals, Parker said. "Mom didn't know either."

 

The Crazy Quilt of Life

Posted on April 19, 2013 by Gigi Khalsa

Clearly I’m not the only one who is fascinated by history, especially as far as quilts are concerned. Susan just wrote about a historical novel that I am putting on my reading list. Whether fact or fiction, there is just something about getting insight into the past and the way people used to live, and quilts are a sort of physical representation of that concept.

I’ve mentioned how lucky I am to receive lots of quilting books to look over for review. For someone who loves to read as much as I do, it’s a really fun part of the job. One book that was sent to me, just a few days ago in fact, is one of the most interesting books, especially for history lovers of many types – American history, western expansion history, quilt history, women’s history and so on. It’s the diary of a real woman named Eliza (Lida) Ann Beaty, who was born in 1881 and traveled west as a young girl with her family to Kansas in a covered wagon to settle. It’s called The Crazy Quilt of Life by Lida Beaty-Jackson (Inspiring Voices, 2012).

Now, like I said, I just got this a few days ago, and I would have finished it by now if it were up to me, but there is work to be done. I might have to borrow it one weekend so I can read the whole thing, but what I’ve seen so far is fascinating. It seems to be written in retrospect, that is, Lida wrote it later in life as she was recalling her memories of an earlier age. Nonetheless, the vivid details she remembers include the people and places of her youth, their life on their fledgling farm, the way she felt about everything around here and all those funny things that one notices as a child without really knowing why. She is a warm and engaging storyteller.

I haven’t even gotten to the quilt mentioned in the title, but already I recommend this book, based on the way I’ve been drawn in. If any of this sounds at all interesting, you should definitely check out this book! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

 

Granddaughter Keeps Family Memories Alive in New Book "The Crazy Quilt of Life"

Victorian woman’s diary remembers life on the prairie and a precious keepsake 

Vancouver, WA (PRWEB) April 08, 2013

In 1900, there were no video games, no computers, no newfangled toys. Books were even difficult to come by. How was a little girl to grow up?

Eliza Ann Beaty, a spirited girl known as Lida, spent her youth on the prairie, helping her family run the farm outside their sod house. It was in this strenuous environment that Lida cultivated a strong character that would carry her through both world wars and an eventful life.

It is a life she chronicles in The Crazy Quilt of Life, her own personal diary, which is now being published years after her death by her granddaughter. In Lida’s own words, The Crazy Quilt of Life offers readers an intimate glimpse into what life was like before modern comforts.

One of Lida and her family’s chief delights in life was the construction of the titular quilt, which symbolizes the cohesiveness of family, fortitude, and faith in the early days of America’s beginning. It is from humble origins (for example, Lida’s favorite memories from her childhood were the days she spent collecting buffalo “chips” for fuel) that this strong character rose to become a leader in her family, her community, and her Christian brethren.

Parker chose to publish the diary because she knew that through it the world would come to know and love the woman she has spent her life admiring.

“My grandmother’s life was not an easy one,” Parker says, “and yet she enjoyed the journey along the way—with a strong faith and guidance from God.”

The Crazy Quilt of Life
By: Lida Beaty-Jackson
ISBN: 978-1-4624-0456-8 Paperback: $11.99
Available at http://www.amazon.com

About the author
The author was born Eliza Ann Beaty in 1881 and grew up in a three-room sod house on the prairies of Kansas. Later in her adult life, she was married to the governor of Indiana, Edward Jackson. Lida was a teacher and an author of Christian literature. With her mother, and sister Minnie Elizabeth, she made the titular quilt which remains today in the care of her granddaughter, Margaret Ann Parker, and can be seen on the front cover of The Crazy Quilt of Life.

 

The Crazy Quilt of Life: Vancouver Woman Publishes historical diary of grandmother

 By MerotasOregonLive.com
on March 30, 2013 at 7:30 PM, updated March 31, 2013 at 9:47 PM

In 1900, there were no video games, no computers, no newfangled
toys. Books were even difficult to come by. How was a little girl to grow up?

Eliza Ann Beaty, a spirited girl known as Lida, spent her youth on the prairie, helping her family run the farm outside their sod house. It was in this strenuous environment that Lida cultivated a strong character that would carry her through both world wars and an eventful life.

It is a life she chronicles in The Crazy Quilt of Life, her own personal diary, which is now being published years after her death by her granddaughter. In Lida’s own words, The Crazy Quilt of Life offers readers an intimate glimpse into what life was like before modern comforts.

One of Lida and her family’s chief delights in life was the construction of the titular quilt, which symbolizes the cohesiveness of family, fortitude, and faith in the early days of America’s beginning. It is from humble origins (for example, Lida’s favorite memories from her childhood were the days she spent collecting buffalo “chips” for fuel) that this strong character rose to
become a leader in her family, her community, and her Christian brethren.

Parker chose to publish the diary because she knew that through it the world would come to know and love the woman she has spent her life admiring.

“My grandmother’s life was not an easy one,” Parker says, “and yet she enjoyed the journey along the way—with a strong faith and guidance from God.”

 

 

January's Choice 

The Sunday Philosophy Club ...

"The Sunday Philosophy Club" series book #1.

With The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith, the author of the best-selling and beloved No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels, begins a wonderful new series starring the irrepressibly curious Isabel Dalhousie.

 

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