Saturday, May 30

Individual Style in a Traditional Wedding

Do you know someone who is getting married???

Rockerchic wrote  a great article  in the handmade news about making the day more individual.

Individual Style in a Traditional Wedding in the handmadenews

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Monday, May 25

The Fight for Freedom...

In Civil War, Woman Fought Like A Man For Freedom

Jennie Hodgers as Albert Cashier. Credit:  Courtesy Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum
As Union soldier Albert Cashier, Jennie Hodgers marched thousands of miles and fought in dozens of battles during the Civil War. Credit: Courtesy of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Weekend Edition Sunday, May 24, 2009 · Albert D.J. Cashier was the shortest soldier in the 95th Illinois Infantry. In one of the few existing photographs of Cashier during the Civil War, you can faintly detect the outline of breasts under his uniform.
But that's if you're looking for it. And the military apparently was not. "They didn't conduct physical exams in those days, the way the military does now," says Rodney Davis, a retired professor of history at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. "What they were looking for was warm bodies."
Jennie Hodgers, masquerading as Cashier, marched thousands of miles during the war. She was at the Siege of Vicksburg and the surrender of Mobile. Her regiment took part in more than 40 skirmishes and battles.
"Albert Cashier seems to have been in [the war] from the beginning to the end," Davis says. "She stuck it out."

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Monday, May 4


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