In 1871 R.M. Rylatt, a former sergeant of His Majesty's RoyalEngineers, embarked on a new career as an agent of the Canadian PacificRailroad Survey, searching for a route that would join British Columbiato the rest of Canada. He kept notes of his two years of expeditionarywork, which he later revised and expanded, adding numerous coloursketches and line drawings. These memoirs were compiled in a handsomeleatherbound journal, which remained in the family for more than ahundred years before being discovered and subsequently published by theUniversity of Utah Press in 1991. Rylatt's journal provides a valuable first-hand account of therace to mount a transcontinental railway across largely unmappedterritory. It is also a great adventure story, full of the trials andtribulations that were so much a part of the everyday existence. In onedramatic encounter, Rylatt graphically describes using an axe to cutoff three fingers of a troublemaker in camp. Especially gripping, andthe most vivid pure adventure, is the last fifth of the diarydescribing the trip homeward in May of 1873 when, with three horses anda companion, he travels from Jasper across the Continental Divide anddown the Thompson River to Kamloops. Readers will be captivated by Rylatt's jaunty but dangerousadventures told with sly humour and a canny eye for detail. Thecompelling text and exceptional colour illustrations give life to theefforts of one individual engaged in a grand enterprise to span anation. As William Kittredge notes in his foreword to the book:'Like so many of those who ventured out onto the proving ground ofexploration and adventure and settlement in the nineteenth century,Rylatt seems to have been quite aware he was engaged in a greatconquest. He also understood he was seeing things that would never beseen again.'
Book Summary The story begins with the main character attending a 50 Year Class Reunion and then flashes back to her four years in high school. At that time she lived in a small southern California town where everyone knew everyone else, and there wasn't much for teenagers to do, and yet they manage to keep busy somehow. Life at that time (before the electronic age) went at a much slower pace, and people who grew up in the 50's and 60's were part of the last innocent generation. The book describes Elaine's relationship with her family, her life on a poultry ranch, and the closeness of a small community. It also describes many high school activities, classes, boy-girl relationships, and problems and heartaches, the euphoria and the sadness that are a part of life at that age. The story is based on an actual town and high school, and many incidents in the book actually happened the way that I described them. I did change the names of the town and the high school however. Back in those days it was much easier to work on your own car, the old hot rods and jalopies. Gas was thirty one cents a gallon, and one could buy a hamburger and Coke for less than fifty cents. But the monthly income for the average working family was only about $300, so the budget had to be stretched to make ends meet. A few women worked outside the home, but most did not. Many of the television sets were black and white, but color TV was on its way in. There was no reality TV at that time, but there were plenty of Westerns and family programming. Of course music played a huge part in the lives of young people, and it was the era of Rock and Roll. Elvis, Buddy Holly, and the Everly Brothers were household names. Dick Clark's American Bandstand was on TV in the afternoons, and everyone rushed home from school to watch the latest dances. There were only records at the time, 45's and 78's, which were played on phonographs. It would be years before cassettes, CD's, and iPods were invented. The music was portable though because everyone was getting transistor radios. If a group of kids got together at a lake or somewhere out in the middle of nowhere, they would just tune their car radios to the same station and turn up the volumne. I have tried throughout the book to portray life back in those days, with many details depicting the culture and fads of that time. I am hoping that this book will give today's teenagers a different perspective on life at that time, while giving my own generation a chance to walk down Memory Lane.
Release on 2007 | by International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics
A Fifteenth-century Maya Dynastic Drama
Author: International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics
The Rabinal Achi, one of the most remarkable works of Mayan literature, dates back to the 1400s. The drama is set in the Guatemalan highlands in the second half of the fifteenth century. In an exemplary trial that takes place in Kajyub, the capital of the Rabinaleb at that time, a captured enemy warrior (Quiché Achi) appears before the royal court. A series of combative dialogues pits the offending warrior against the local warrior (Rabinal Achi) and the king (Job Toj), reconstructing the deeds of those involved and retracing the antagonistic history of these two Mayan groups, the Quiché and the Rabinaleb. Alain Breton approaches the text from an anthropological and ethnographical perspective, demonstrating that this indigenous text reenacts pre-Columbian historic paradigms. Breton translated into French an entirely new transcription of the original text, and Teresa Lavender Fagan and Robert Schneider translated the text into English. Both the transcription and the translation are accompanied by detailed commentary and a glossary.
In an entertaining and informative way, this small volume shows how to plan, plant, mulch, and prune. A quick-reference guide lists high-performance perennials, outstanding annuals, and blossoming bulbs. Color illustrations.
A sweeping story of love that stretches across the years from the number one bestselling author of Songs of Love and War. The war has ended and Rita Fairweather is waiting for George Bolton, her childhood sweetheart, to return home to Devon. She wants their future to be a continuing reassurance of their past. But George comes back as a man changed by the horrors he has experienced. Unable to settle back into a small-town life, George decides to travel to Argentina. And Rita promises to wait. But George faces irresistible temptation and an agonising choice. As the years pass, Rita keeps her word, but how long should she wait for the love of the life?