MishMash and Thoughts

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According to Merriam-Webster the definition of mishmash is a confused mixture of things. It perfectly defines life right now. (No, I’m not talking politics. I leave that to those who are passionate about it.)

So what do I mean by life right now? Life is and always has been confusing. We learn as we go along, making mistakes and enjoying triumphs. We plan our journey, and do everything the way we think it should be, then…bam…some challenge gets thrown your way. The key to getting somewhere, go with the flow.

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I always thought I would be a performer, and I have been. I decided at fifteen I would work with criminals. Been there, done that. I’ve always written, but didn’t think non-fiction would be in the picture. *OOPS* Teach me to think life didn’t have another idea.

The thing is, life really is a mishmash, but it isn’t such a bad thing. Instead, I prefer to think of all the wonderful experiences I’ve had in my lifetime as gifts. If I hadn’t started spending weekends in the research section of the library, I’d have missed out on some great friendships. I also probably would never have found the women doctors, and written scholarly papers on such diverse subjects as ancient volcanos, film commissioners and of course women doctors.

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If my parents hadn’t encouraged me to take chances, to follow dreams and not worry about how others viewed me, I wouldn’t have been an acting teacher, played music professionally and been an actor. Because no one told me I couldn’t, I live a blessed life. So bring on the mishmash.

I’d like to share some of the thoughts of Mark Twain about life. Hope you enjoy the mishmash.

  1. You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
  2. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
  3. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
  4. Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
  5.  It is curious–curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.
  6. There are not enough morally brave men in stock. We are out of moral-courage material.

And my favorite:
Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

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Courage

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. e. e. cummings

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. Mark Twain

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. Confucius

These are some quotes on courage, at least some of my favorites. We as humans are asked to be courageous many times in our lives. Sometimes it is a major event, but many times it is in our day-to-day activities we find and show the most courage.

The writer, painter, politician and philosopher all show courage when they offer their ideas, their work to the world. Whether we agree or not, compassion for their effort is the least we can do. Offering suggestions, support, and strength for their creation seems the honorable route.

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In my novel “Josie’s Dream” which releases on Tuesday January 17, 2017, my main character Josephine Forrester, is following her dream of being a doctor in a small town in Eastern Colorado.  Yes, in the 1870’s when this story takes place, women were doctors, many who attending medical school. It took courage to follow your dream, you passion then as well as now. In many ways, the above quotes played a part in the writing of this story. The eleven authors who contributed to this series all showed courage in telling their story.

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So whenever you wonder if you should try, take heart and follow your dream with courage. Regardless of the outcome, you will have traveled another step on the journey of your life.

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A Little Bit of Why

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We all seem to have the Big Why in our lives. Why did I do this, or that. We tend to beat ourselves up over some mistake. Let’s take a look at the Little Why.

Why do I continue to comment on other people’s blog post even when they do return the courtesy?

I do so because I know people who write these post have something to say. It is a joy to see how they think, what’s important to them. By taking the time to comment, even if it is to say thank you, I acknowledge their efforts. Let’s face it, we all want to be heard.

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Why do I continue to write post that no one seems to read or care about?

This goes back to the comments in the first Why. As I learn new things I want to share. The world is a big place, we can’t all do everything, so if something I think about or research will make a difference, I’m going to share. It goes back to my days working with juveniles. A wise lady once told me, “just keep talking, you never know when something you said might make all the difference.”

Why do I continue my photo and haiku practice?

This one is easy. It has become a habit, and I plain enjoy the challenge.

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Why write romance?

I want to tell stories, and if there is a bit of romance in them, I’m okay with that. One of my cover models said she loved my novella, but it didn’t follow the formula. That is what I aim for, a good story that doesn’t have to rely on formula to succeed.

 

Why is telling the story of early women doctors so important?

Why shouldn’t it be? Dr. Susan Anderson had Virginia Cornell to tell her story. While I do not aspire to the universal love that the Cornell book has, I do not want these women to be lost to time. They did as much if not more than the more ‘famous’ ones did. They may not be famous, but they are worth remembering.

                                          from en.wikipedia.org Elizabeth Blackwell, MD

Why am I doing history symposiums and speaking in public?

See the above answer. There is so much rich history to be shared. If I can add just one small part to the overall knowledge or get someone excited about a piece of history I am happy. Life is too short to be too afraid. No one really told me I couldn’t and if they did, I chose not to listen.

So there you have it, a little bit of Why.

For those who are interested you can stream the symposium on June 11. Here is the link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ppld-history  The program starts at 9am Mountain Time. The topic this year is Myths and Mysteries of the Rocky Mountain West.

For further reading on some of the posts that prompted the why, here you go: http://prairierosepublications.blogspot.com/2016/06/do-you-want-to-be-doctor.html

http://www.booksandbenches.com/2016/06/q-with-western-romance-author-angela.html

http://prairierosepublications.blogspot.com/2016/05/wanted-matrimony-mail-order-brides.html

http://annettesnyder.blogspot.com/2016/02/dori-mccraw-writing-as-angela-raines.html

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Doc Susie’s Colorado Contemporaries

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As the Pikes Peak Library District Symposium draws closer, I’ve spent more time looking at the larger picture of the women doctors who received their license to practice medicine around the same time as Susan, Doc Susie, Anderson, who started her practice in Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1897. She did not move to Fraser, Colorado until 1907 where she earned her ‘fame’.

While the list is fairly long, I thought I would share some additional names and their contributions to Colorado and medicine.

Dr. Josepha Williams and Dr. Madeline Marquette opened a private hospital and sanatorium in Denver in 1889. In 1892 they added a nursing school to the hospital – Sanatorium. Dr. Williams was the superintendent of the facility. On a side note Dr. Williams married Charles Winfred Douglas a musician and Episcopal priest in 1896.

Dr.Genevieve M Tucker wrote Mother, Baby and Nursery: A Manuel for Mothers published by Roberts Brothers, copyright 1896. She practiced in Pueblo, Colorado. Around 1898 she was elected president of the Colorado Homeopathic Medical Society.

Dr. Ida Putnam began her practice in Chicago, but in 1898 she received her Colorado license and began a practice in Telluride, Colorado.

Dr. Florence Sabin was a research doctor who did much to advance the area of medical research. Her accomplishments are too numerous to list here. If you wish to know more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_R._Sabin and http://www.biography.com/people/florence-sabin-9468690

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Dr Florence Sabin at the Rockefeller Institute from http://www.nlm.nih.gov

Dr. Rose Kidd Beere was written up in the “History of Colorado” edited by Wilber Fiske Stone. She participated in the Philippine War of 1898-99 and WWI. She was unable to travel to the Philippine’s as a doctor so she gathered women to go there as nurses. A short write-up in her hometown newspaper of Wabash, Indiana can be found here: http://www.chronicle-tribune.com/archives/wabashplaindealer/wabash-native-was-woman-ahead-of-her-time/article_d993558d-237f-5717-b268-e7d22e1fb4f2.html

 

 

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Bates I have spoken of before. As you know she was the first woman intern at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. From the book “A History of Surgery at Cook County Hospital” by Patrick D. Guinan, Kenneth J. Printen, James L. Stone, James S.T. Yao, we find in the nineteen months she worked as in intern she worked in the morgue, took part in fourteen amputations. Of her time there she later said “ the first six months were hell, the second six months were purgatory, the next six months were heaven; when it came time for me to leave, I wept bitter tears.”

So there you have just a few of Doc Susie’s contemporaries. For anyone wishing to listen in on the upcoming symposium on June 11, 2016 it will be streamed live. Further information will be supplied closer to the date. You can also find more at:http://www.regionalhistoryseries.org/2016-symposium-presentations.html

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Is It Worth Saving?

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For those who wonder, the program went well in Victor on March 19. Great audience and I was gifted with the pleasure of meeting the grand daughter of Dr. Kate Yont, who may have practiced in Victor, Colorado prior to 1900. She had someone drive her from a little over 175 miles away. The experience drives home how important it is to not give up on your passion.

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Victor Colorado

I admit there are times when I wonder if telling the story of these women is worth the time and effort to find them. For those who haven’t been down that road, sometimes you hit pay dirt and other times you just bang your head against brick walls. While the internet has been a blessing, there are still many resources that have not survived or are in small museums that do not have the resources to save or make them available for researchers. They have become so delicate that to even touch them would cause disintegration.

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The current doctor I’m researching is Dr. Josephine Paddock. I know she was born in Illinois, graduated from Cutler Medical School in Nebraska and practiced in Victor, Colorado from 1896 to at least 1906. I know she went to California and lived there for many years, some with her son, then went to live with a daughter in Nebraska. She is buried with her husband, who died in 1895. His death and her schooling don’t match. More digging is in the future, but without access to personal papers or even news stories it can be difficult to ferret out the full story. These stories, at some point, become educated guesses based on the information available at the time.

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Gold Coin Club, program was on the second floor.

I realize it is not feasible to save everything, but the researcher in me cringes when I think of all the information that may be lost due to lack of funds for small museums, careless handling of old resources and a loss of the love for the stories of our shared histories. So when I wonder if the effort I’ve put into finding these women is worth it, I just remember, there are those who will know at least some of the story should they want to look. That is what keeps me going, along with the gift of meeting the relatives of these special women.

Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Originally from the mid-west, Doris now calls the Rocky Mountains her home. Doris is a writer, historian, actor,and teacher. An avid reader Doris loves to spend time in history archives looking for the small, unknown pieces of history. Many times these pieces end up in her stories or poems.  Like her author page to stay on top of her work.  http://amzn.to/1I0YoeL also make sure to check out her haiku and photographs at http://fivesevenfivepage.blogspot.com.

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A LITTLE JOURNEY

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The weather has been a bit crazy for some folks this year, either we’re colder/hotter or dryer/wetter than usual. Of course we can always fall back on the topic of the weather, but today is something special. Why special, because every day is special if you make it. I’ve had some very special days lately so I thought I take you on the journey that made them that way.

Finding the stories of women in the early days of the West can be a challenge. The papers thought they were protecting women by not mentioning their names. Oh boy can that be a researchers nightmare. But, sometimes we get lucky. That’s exactly what happened when I found two very different women doctors and well, read on.

Most references state that Alida Avery, M.D., was the first female doctor in Colorado. However, I did a search to see if there was anyone else around at that time. What turned up was a doctor by the name of Eliza Gillette. I found her listed in the Colorado business directory around 1876, but the newspaper ad was from a 1873 issue, which puts her in Colorado prior to Avery’s arrival in 1974. I next found her listed in the California doctor licensing directory as being in Montana then Washington. So far, I’ve not found much else, but I keep digging.

The women listed in the 1976 book, “Colorado Women Physicians”, has a brief write up on a Julia Adams. It says she was born in NY, graduated from the Homeopathic Medical College in Cleveland, Ohio and that she graduated in 1871. It also stated she received her Colorado license in 1881 and practiced in Chaffee County. Now Colorado did not start the licensing process until 1881, so I wanted to find out if she were here prior to that date. Here is where the journey became fun.

First I checked the Colorado Physicians Licensing Application book. She is listed as J.A.D. Adams, 1881, License # 124. She applied from Chaffee County, was fifty when she applied and was from New York. So far so good, but I wanted more, so I Googled Chaffee County and her name. There I found she did indeed practice, but at Cottonwood Hot Springs. Now I was getting somewhere. Next, oh my, I went into Google Books, typed her name and Chaffee County. There I found her history. She and her husband Rev. Joseph Adams had actually bought the hot springs. Then in another book I found the following:

Mrs. Adams is the daughter of Benjamin Wood, born in Oneida County New York July 29, 1830. She was educated at Oberlin College, Ohio. In 1853 she married William P Dunning at Gaines , Orleans County, New York. She and her husband studied medicine together, and she assisted him very much with his practice. In 1866 the doctor died. After his death, she attended lectures one winter, in New York City, after which she had charge of Dr. Cook’s office for five months in Buffalo New York. After this she took full course in Cleveland homeopathic college, Cleveland Ohio, graduating in 1871, and in 1872, became a member of the American Institute of homeopathy. Immediately after graduating, she located in Corry, Pennsylvania, where she had a very successful practice, till April 1878 . she was married in Corry to Rev. Joseph Adams in 1875; he having come to Colorado for his health, she was induced to give up her practice their, which she did, and came here in 1878, and in connection with her husband, and son-in-law, G. K. Hartenstein, built, and has since conducted, the Cottonwood Hot Springs hotel. She has full charge, everything being under her immediate supervision.

I could continue on with all the wonderful information that I found about Julia, the hot springs and the building of the hotel. Needless to say the post would be way to long. I will finish by saying that Cottonwood Hot Springs had its own post office and guess who was postmaster? Yes Julia Adams.

I hope you have enjoyed the journey, I know I have and there is still so much to ferret out on these women. My thought is someone has to do it, and I think they are telling me to keep digging. So until next time, here’s to the journey!

Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Originally from the mid-west, Doris now calls the Rocky Mountains her home. Doris is a writer, historian, actor,and teacher. An avid reader Doris loves to spend time in history archives looking for the small, unknown pieces of history. Many times these pieces end up in her stories or poems.  Like her author page to stay on top of her work.  http://amzn.to/1I0YoeL also make sure to check out her haiku and photographs at http://fivesevenfivepage.blogspot.com.

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CIVILIZATION

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The opinions in this post are that of the author. I make this statement in advance of the topic of this post.

If you wish to take over a civilization and its people, destroy their history. When you stop to think about what we as a people believe, what would we be without it. Our history goes back not only to the beginning of this country, but back to ancient Sumeria, Greece, and Rome to name a few. The myths and legends we have in our collective conscious are many and varied. Some of us want to make trips to the Holy Land, others to see the Parthenon. These are the stories we grew up with.

More recently, the founding fathers, the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. The myth of the cowboy. What would we be without those stories?

Santa Fe National Historic Trail http://www.nps.gov

 

 

Now let’s move on to Women’s history. Elizabeth Blackwell, Betsy Ross, Cynthia Parker are some of the more well known. There are not as many women represented in this collective history of our civilization. Is this on purpose, or just an oversight of the early historians? Perhaps a bit of both.

My point is, without those ‘heroes’, without the stories of their lives, we can be left to struggle even harder to find our place in the world. Each generation finds their own ‘idols’ to look up to. As someone who has always been fascinated by the stories of both the men and women who came before, I’ve had many who helped guide me through the maze that is called life. I’ve learned from great grandparents along with other family members. As an avid reader, “Siddhartha” by Herman Hesse along with the stories of the Olmec and Toltec made a substantial impression on me. Simon & Garfunkle’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” helped as I navigated high school. (Simon & Garfunkle’s “Bridge…” https://youtu.be/H_a46WJ1viA) These stories helped to define who I became and am still becoming. I’m sure all my past influenced my desire to share the stories of the ‘lost’ people, especially women, from our collective past.

The point is, without our history, without the stories, what would our Civilization be? Who were your influences and what difference did they make in who you became? What do you think our world would look like if all our past was destroyed?

The next time someone says, that’s old, we don’t need it anymore, pause to make sure it really won’t be needed. Our elders are our treasures, treasure them, we are treasures, treasure them and our children are our treasures, treasure them.

Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Originally from the mid-west, Doris now calls the Rocky Mountains her home. Doris is a writer, historian, actor,and teacher. An avid reader Doris loves to spend time in history archives looking for the small, unknown pieces of history. Many times these pieces end up in her stories or poems.

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Doris Gardner-McCraw
Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women’s History
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Every step you take should be a prayer.
And if every step you take is a prayer then you will always be walking in a sacred manner.
Oglala Lakota Holyman.

 

 

No, I’ve Not Forgotten

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With the Holidays behind us, resolutions maybe forgotten, I’ve still not forgotten the Women Doctors in Colorado prior to 1900. While I’ve posted different post, I’ve been pretty constant in my research. These women have worked their way into my psyche and I don’t anticipate these women leaving anytime soon.

Here’s where I’ll be on June 11, 2016, the East Library in Colorado Springs for the:

Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium

Myths & Mysteries of the Rocky Mountain West

I will be doing a short presentation on how the legend of ‘Doc Susie’ became the myth thanks to ‘Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman’. This is turn became the belief that all women doctors went through the same thing. As with all legends and myths, it isn’t the full story.

Colorado was home to many women doctors. I’ve written about Alida Avery, Julia E. Loomis, Harriett Leonard  and so many others. Some I’ve yet to tell you about. In addition to the above mentioned women, there was also Dr. Edith Root, who was also in Colorado in 1878, practicing in Denver, Colorado. She was also the first women to receive a license, #82, when Colorado began to license all physicians in 1881. Many of these women decided not to marry, but there were also many who did. This was not a one size fits all, despite the myth of the woman doctor.

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When Susan ‘Doc Susie’ Anderson began in Cripple Creek, it was 1897, long after the aforementioned women had been pursuing their chosen career. There were many who, like Dr. Anderson after she moved to Frasier, Colorado, who chose to practice in the smaller communities. There were others who practiced in larger communities. Others created treatment facilities, alone or together. So as I prepare for this program, which can be streamed live during the day, I will continue my pursuit of the lives of these remarkable women and tell the stories I find.

Despite the quote from the movie, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”, this is one time I hope to tell the true story, and let the myth and legend rest.

Of course I’ll also continue writing as Angela Raines and telling the stories she has running around in her head. So as 2016 gets started, have a wonderful year of following your passions.

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Delightful Details

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As I work to complete my short story for a Medieval Anthology, along with a Western one and a proposal for next years History Symposium, I am having fun with those delightful details. In the midst of preparing this post, the link for a music video came through. Talk about details. So folks take a listen, then read on for some delightful details from history. https://youtu.be/Wgm9gZs1hYw

I’ll start with the Symposium. If I my proposal is accepted I shall be expected to present a detailed story defending my position on the myth of women doctors. I spent time wondering how I would cover such a large subject, then a friend gave me an idea for the hook. How the story of one created the myth we now believe to be true of the women doctors in Colorado. It is the true details of her story and that of others that will bring the story of those early women doctors life. Yes, some women doctors lived and worked in large cities, but even those larger cities were not without their dangers. Just because Leadville was one of the largest towns in Colorado in the 1870’s, there were still shootouts, killings and mining accidents. Even Doc Holliday made his home there awhile. Some women were reported to carry a gun when out on a call in the country.

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http://www.leadville.org During its peak, Leadville bragged over 30,000 residents and at one time was slated to be the capital of Colorado.

A Western Romance at Christmas, ah the possibilities. Of course there has to be conflict between the man and women. Most of the time, these stories involve young people. But what about the older widow, the man who has been footloose and fancy free. There is a story, whether true or not, of a woman who bought property in Denver, then found out it was a brothel. Since she had invested all her money, she did what any respectable women would do, she became the Madam, and with the money earned sent her daughter to boarding and finishing school. Delightful details like that add a hint of mystery to what could be challenging romance. We will see what my characters decide will work for them.

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Now to a new arena for me, Medieval romance. Yes, I read a few when I was younger, but how was I going to make this one work. Okay, I set it in 1151, during the time Hildegard of Bingen created the first stand alone convent ever. Now I have done a lot of research on this amazing person. Women were seen and not heard during that time, I think not. Hildegard wrote music, books, and traveled and preached, when women were not allowed to do so. She corresponded with popes and kings. If you want to learn more about her, you can start here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_of_Bingen you can also read more at:http://www.hildegard.org/

To add more detail I studied books on the life of people during the 1100’s.  A cookbook was a great read. Everyone eats, so adding food to the story helps to make it real. It is in those details that our narratives come alive, whether fiction or non-fiction. So the next time you’re telling a story, include those details that bring the reader or listener into the world you’re describing. Until next time, happy researching and writing.

Doris McCraw specializes in Colorado and Womens History. She writes fiction under the pen name Angela Raines. Join her on facebook and her Amazon author page.

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GROOMING THE CAT by Doris

 

 

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I thought I’d take a break from writing about individual women doctors and investigate a related topic, grooming the cat. If anyone has tried this exercise, you know it is filled with challenges, frustrations and maybe a bit of laughter. Okay a lot of laughter; after the scars have healed.

I can hear you saying, the cat grooms itself. Yes, they do, but sometimes they can use a bit of help. Just ask the cat owner who cleans up after a hairball has landed on the floor, bed cover or your shoes. Because the cat is used to grooming itself, they don’t like their owners manhandling them, unless of course you started when they were really young. How many people have done that?

UPSET GABE

Just like grooming a cat, anytime you try something new or challenging, there is that learning curve. The pain of getting scratched or worse, being disliked. Like the cat, you will get over it. No, you may not like it but once it’s done you do feel better.

When I started researching ‘my’ doctors, I ran into a lot of stuff, much of it did not even contribute to the overall information I was looking for. I had to clear the excess away and get to the basics. Even as I worked through the ‘women had a hard time’ scenario to get to the actual information, I found myself worrying about whether I would ever find the truth. I’m not saying women didn’t have a difficult time, but back then everyone had a difficult time compared to our lives. When we try to put our lifestyle against another it will always fall short of the other persons truth.  The fiction writer can get away with some of those comparisons, but for historians it can cause problems.

LEAVING

So as I groom my cat, and he starts purring, then wanting to play with the comb, I find pleasure in his response. As I groom away the excess in my research, I also find a great deal of pleasure. But lest you think that excess fur, and excess information are a total waste, you can use the excess to create something new. No, I don’t usually use cat fur, but it would be fun to glue onto something creative. The excess information I don’t use, well it can end up in a story. which is what I did with my latest short.  That titbit of information help me create Tom’s story, a follow up from my first novella, which will appear in an upcoming anthology.

ON SCHEDULE

So you see, even grooming the cat has rewards. Until next time, here is to your own joy in grooming your ‘cat’.

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Doris Gardner-McCraw/Angela Raines
Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women’s History

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