What Would Cleopatra Do?, by Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates, is an occasionally irreverent and often inspirational book that touches on the lives of fifty formidable women from around the world.
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With the last final taken and the last paper written for the semester, I packed my bags and headed home for the holidays. Although I only lived 20 minutes away from school, I rarely went home because of jobs, class load, and extracurricular activities. It had been too long. I was eagerly anticipating seeing my family again.
When I arrived at my mother’s house, I was greeted at the door by my youngest sister, who was five years old. With curls bouncing like springs, she bobbed up and down and shrieked, “You’re home, you’re home, you’re home!” before propelling herself into my arms.
After giving her a hug and kiss, I asked, “So, where is everyone?”
“Dunno,” she said. “Wanna play?”
“In a little bit, sweetie. I would like to say hi to everyone else first.”
The ice was…heavy, many branches…swept the ground in despair. Others broke underneath the tremendous weight… I look at these trees like people. …Some take [hardship] in stride, bear up, and continue to grow… Others fracture… When I found out the truth about my family…I prayed I wouldn’t shatter into a thousand pieces.
On this day, 5 December 1876, James Christian Ardinger, my 3rd great-grandfather, passed away.
Born on 16 November 1839, in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland, James Christian Ardinger was the son of Charles Godfrey Ardinger and Jane Shook. He joined older brother, John William Ardinger, who was born two years earlier on 13 December 1837.
Recently, I read Jane Ashford’s Earl to the Rescue, a refurbished version of the author’s first book Gwendeline, published in 1980.
Earl to the Rescue tells the tale of 18-year old Gwendeline Gregory, whose parents have recently died. The book opens with Gwendeline’s childhood home being sold to pay creditors. She has packed her meager belongings and is planning for an uncertain future.