Friday, November 16, 2007

The 161 Meme

I've been tagged for a meme by my friend Lori Thornton at the Smoky Mountain Family Historian, a very interesting and informative blog that's on my daily to read list.

I'm to open up the book I'm currently reading to page 161 and read the sixth sentence on the page, then think of 5 bloggers to tag.

Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson, page 161, line six:

At Christmas, Abba sang and played with the children, trying to cheer them as the snows mounted outside the door.

I'm writing this very quickly, because if my husband catches me blodging instead of lying in bed, I'm toast.

As the sentence discusses Christmas, I tag Jasia at Creative Gene who's well on her way to Christmas.

Chery Kinnick of Nordic Blue who's already done her "Yule" Love This! post.

Terry Thornton of Hill Country of Monroe County, because I think he's probably a Christmas kind of guy. You have to love a man who loves his cat.

Thomas MacEntee at Destination: Austin Family who's got us all going on Family History Advent Calendar posts, and

Dr. DNA (The Genetic Genealogist), because well, Christmas is in the genes. And don't you think a sentence from a book he's reading might create a really interesting 161 Meme?

I hear footsteps, pretend you don't see this!


Blogger Terry Thornton said...

MAVEN, You are correct on two counts. First, I do love my cat who, by the way, snored so loudly last evening that she woke me up as she sawed her logs on the foot of our bed. Second, I am a Christmas sort of guy --- in fact, back when I was into my pony-tail and long beard phase, little children would think me the jolly ole man.

I am between books just now so I reached on my shelf of "to-read" items and pulled down a book selected for me by my wife. It is Bill Bryson's THE MOTHER TONGUE: ENGLISH AND HOW IT GOT THAT WAY (New York:Perennil, 1990). The sixth sentence on page 161 reads as follows:

"The new settlers in America obviously had to come up with new words to describe their New World, and this necessity naturally increased as they moved inland."

I think I will enjoy the rest of Bryson as just on page 161 is a brief discussion of the "s" ending on verbs (has and runs rather than hath and runneth] and how the word "Yankee" may be just a corruption of John Cheese! [Through the Dutch name, "Jan Kees." Try singing Yankee Doodle using "Jan Kees Doodle" instead and you'll agree that Bryson is on to something!]


November 17, 2007 at 5:31 AM  
Blogger Thomas MacEntee said...

Ok, ok. As I said over on Creative Gene that I really only have coloring books, here is what I am actually reading. I hope it dispels any rumours that I am still hooked on phonics.

From Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 by Morris J. MacGregor:

"They recognized the need to build on the close relationships developed between the races during the war by introducing progressive measures that could be put into operation promptly and would provide for the assignment of black troops on the basis of individual merit and ability alone."

And not to slight the Footnote Maven, this is the sixth sentence of page 161 if you don't count the footnotes which seem to appear in the middle of the page text!

I am reading this online over at the Project Gutenburg site as part of my research on the Korean Conflict. I am preparing a memoir for my father-in-law who served there from 1951-1954. When I interview a subject (and record the interview), I usually do research so I can pose questions that the subject might not have thought about. In this case, how integrated was the Army when he served.

November 18, 2007 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger Janice said...


Things are mighty quiet at your blog. Are you ok?


December 1, 2007 at 8:48 AM  

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