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Saturday, 10.7.06: Week In Review

A quiet week on Planet Susan .

Cartooning class gets me off and running on trying to create "reproducible" characters. I spent a whole lot of time with a 14 x 11 drawing pad, a bunch of 4B pencils, and a kneaded eraser. Very retro.

Ebay. Looks like our 290 remaining pieces of "Hollywood" sheet music will sell this week — bids are coming in. Even if they don't go very high, getting them out of my inventory will free up some mental space to think about some other things to sell.

Georgia O'Keefe. Jim and I went to a Georgia O'Keefe show at the local museum. It's a fairly small show, but a big deal for Rochester.

Scandal. Spent way too much time listening to progressive talk radio about the Foley scandal.

Spicers. Cleaning out some old financial files I found a copy of pages from a book published in 1911, "Descendants of Peter Spicer, A Landholder in New London, Connecticut in 1666." Spicer was Jim's mom's family name. I think I'd seen it before, but thought it was one of those generic family history overviews. Turns out it is Jim's actual family. His grandfather Walter Clyde Spicer is there at the end, with all of his ancestors back to 1666 — including Nathan Spicer, who fought in the American Revolution. The writers believe the Spicer family landed in Virginia from England, then Peter migrated up to the wilds of Connecticut, where he would have needed to work out a relationship with the neighboring "warlike" Noank Indians (enough said about that). Wow. If his family started out in Virginia then maybe they came the hell over with John Smith:

The first English colony in North America that managed to survive began at Jamestown [Virginia] in 1607. Although this settlement also ran out of supplies and nearly perished, it grew as increasing numbers of colonists arrived... Led by Captain John Smith, the settlers immediately explored the surrounding country, traveling up the James, York, Rappahannock, and Potomac Rivers as far as the fall line. They observed and wrote about the many villages and natives they met. ... The name "Powhatan" refers to the Algonquian-speaking tribes of the Virginia tidewater or coastal plain. By 1607 many of the villages in this area were brought under one rule by the powerful "werowance" or chief, Wahunsunacock, to form the Powhatan empire... One of Wahunsunacock's daughters, the famous Pocahontas, was kidnapped by the colonists. She later acted as a mediator between the two cultures. Pocahontas was the first Indian woman to marry an English colonist when she took John Rolfe for her husband in 1614. The years following the marriage were peaceful ones between the cultures... [Source]


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