Tag: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Weekly Overview March 10, 2014

geranium

A geranium that survived the winter.

Outside My Window… I have a geranium that survived the winter.

I am thinking… that I really should have eaten more sensibly last night when we went out to dinner.

I am thankful for… Pandora.com

From the kitchen… the dishes are piled up while potatoes and spaghetti squash await baking.

I am hoping… I hardly dare hope what I’m hoping.

I am reading… The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, An American Saga by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

I am busy creating… cross stitching on Liana’s birthday blanket.

I am hearing… It Might Be You by Stephen Bishop on my Barry Manilow Pandora station, the floor fan running to keep me cool, and the house air conditioning unit.

Around the house & garden… I already tackled the Monday vacuuming, litter box cleaning and trash removal so I’m all ready for the trash pickup tomorrow. Last week I cleaned up about half of the backyard from last fall’s growing season; I plan to get the rest cleaned up sometime this week and hopefully tackle some more of the front yard. Today marks 7 days scorpion free, both inside and in the garage!

In other news… I bought daffodils and tulips last Thursday. I have three bouquets scattered about the house. Well worth the $14.00 I paid! Bill and I went out to dinner with friends last night (new restaurant, no plant-based entrees) and then back to their house to play cards for a bit. We had a good time.

daffodils and tulips

Daffodils and Tulips

One of my favorite things… cut flowers.

Weekly Overview… No appointments this week, so just the usual mid-week grocery run will probably be my only venture out the door. This week is tax week and cross-stitch week. We have TurboTax downloaded and the Quicken files transferred, so now it is just sitting down and actually doing it.

Liana’s blanket is coming along nicely. There are three poles of carousel horses – I have one pole completely done and two-thirds of the second completed. I worked another two hours on it this morning. I really do need to block Kat’s purple shawl yet; maybe I can fit that in sometime this week.

No Ordinary Time Book Review

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
By Doris Kearns Goodwin
ISBN-13: 978-0-684-80448-4

The life and times of Theodore Roosevelt has always been more interesting to me than Franklin Delano Roosevelt; in fact, I just recently finished reading a couple of book about TR, which included brief mentions of FDR and Eleanor. It was more curiosity about the family relationships between the two branches of Roosevelt’s that spurred me to look for a biography of FDR. I choose No Ordinary Time based solely on my appreciation for Doris Kearns Goodwin’s memoir, Wait Til Next Year. After having finished No Ordinary Time, Doris Kearns Goodwin is quickly becoming one of my favorite non-fiction authors.

No Ordinary Time is not strictly a biography of FDR, but more of an in-depth study of America during WWII. Yes, I learned a great deal about FDR and ER (Eleanor Roosevelt), both their marriage and their unique contributions to FDRs presidency, and it turns out that they are very interesting people about whom I now want to learn more. But I also learned about American economics, race relations, unions, the Depression, Big Business, Washington politics, Winston Churchill, Stalin, and so much more.

No Ordinary Time begins with Hitler’s May 10, 1940, invasion of Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium and France and ends with FDR’s death in April 1944. In those four years, the United States converts her economy from the still-lingering Great Depression stalled economy to a full-blown war production machine and moves from extreme isolationist to savior of the free world, guided by the master politician FDR.

One thing that amazed me throughout was the amount that both FDR and ER travelled internationally during the war. ER acted as FDR’s eyes and ears, traveling to the front lines of the war and reporting to FDR the results of his policies firsthand. And FDR travelled to meet with Stalin and Churchill throughout the war, refusing to allow his confinement to a wheelchair impede any area of his life.

If you have any interest in WWII and those who figured so prominently in the Free World’s fight against Hitler, or if your interest is in Washington politics, race relations in the 1940s, the growth of the armed forces, how domestic industry converted to supply armaments to Russia and Great Britain, the origins of the Lend-Lease Program, or the unique relationship that FDR & ER brought to Washington and the presidency, then I highly recommend you read No Ordinary Time. You won’t be disappointed.