Saturday, February 19, 2011

Living History at Sutter's Fort

June 14th, 1846 dawned unseasonably cool at Sutter's Fort in what would one day be Sacramento.
Among those present at the fort was trapper, tracker and teller of tall tales James Bridger:
The fort was also graced by a visit from Francisca Benicia Carrillo Vallejo, wife of Mariano Vallejo, who held the highest military position in Mexican California.  By the end of the day he would be a prisoner at the fort.
Kit Carson was also there.  Very shortly he would become the only man to kill another man in the Bear Flag Revolt.

They arrived in wagons.

They examined furs for sale.

And, feeling the need for some exertion, they stepped in for the Indian children--who work the mill day and night--and gave the grist mill a few turns.
The postman distributed letters at noon.

And then the plotters of the Bear Flag Revolt discussed plans.
After the revolt there was tug of war, general rabble rousing and  reel and circle dancing.
A doctor arrived to tend the sick and injured.  She applied leaches and performed brain surgery and an amputation.  The chances of survival from the last were no better than 50/50.
Yes, we had it all, from bloody revolts to revolting bloodletting.
I've shown it here in sepia, but really it was history in living color.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Greta's Gruesome Dreams

Greta: Every night my dreams get more scary and gruesome.
Me: Do you want to tell me about your dream?
Greta: Well, there was this teacher and she was yelling at me and she was SO MEAN.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

To A Cabin

Here is
a different state of being
where a morning cobweb becomes a fairy handkerchief
where I can lie against sand and stone
Face the rim of the globe
Feel waves wash over me
and crisp breezes refresh my skin
Listen to children's laughter like blowing bells
Watch dogs race the beach with numb joy
Know "freezing quiet" (Anne says)
Smell the spices of the season
(it is early spring now)

I awaken
by the ocean
in a cabin
gazing seaward
To A Cabin II
Margaretta K. Mitchell