Meet my staff

Meet my staff

My efforts here are largely an outlet for my own busy imagination.  My husband Mark chips in for some parts of it and my children lend a hand here and there but mostly it’s just me and a houseful of pets who hang around to provide inspiration. Meet Sophie,...
Moving along to 1875, the telephone goes mainstream

Moving along to 1875, the telephone goes mainstream

Two previous articles to this one have been tracing how our kinfolk might have communicated with each other here in the U.S. after 1860. We started with the Pony Express, watched its rapid replacement by the telegraph and now we have a look at about when the telephone...
The Pony Express

The Pony Express

With the news of how the U.S. Postal Service is struggling to turn a profit, it brought to mind our earliest form of sending messages across our country, The Pony Express.  I hadn’t realized it was such a short lived enterprise, just 19 months or so, roughly a...