Thursday, April 18, 2013
Today is a magical day for nerds everywhere! My Grandpa alerted me to this a couple weeks ago. The opening of the Digital Public Library of America has opened it's (figurative) doors today!
What does this mean for me, you may be asking yourself.
More than 2 million articles, books, and endless amounts of history related paraphernalia have been documented, scanned, and copied to be available for everyone for free starting today. That means you no longer have to travel to Washington, D.C. to see the actual clothes that Abraham Lincoln wore. Numerous organizations and museums, including the Smithsonian, have included their inventories and the result is astonishing. This site is still in it's testing mode and as you can see below they already had 242 pages of material when I typed Abraham Lincoln into their search bar. If you don't see me for a few days, this website will probably be why. I'm going to be so busy combing through this for years.
I haven't seen any of the life or death masks of Abraham Lincoln, but because of this website I have! All at the drop of a dime with all the background information for the piece neatly and concisely laid out right in front of you. No longer do you have to wait for an institution to grant you the privilege to see artifacts from American culture. This site has now been made it easy and free for everyone, what a beautiful day!
I'm barely holding my nerdy self back from exploding. I mean, c'mon! Lincoln's office suit and a campaign flag, all in the first couple pages of the search? Are you kidding me?
This is crazy.
Oh, it doesn't stop there. This train doesn't stop for 242 pages, baby. Get some coffee and settle in for a trip through history, all at your fingertips.
I love the write-up for this coffee cup. It's just a coffee cup, yet it has a more beautiful description than most epitaphs I've seen. I hope one day that someone will describe my life as poetically as this mere breakfast utensil.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Abes won't stop coming and I'm not complaining. Lately I've received a number of Abes from the people around me. Abe has shown up at my family's house, at work, and a few days ago my friend Felix sent up that amazing painting. I had the scrapbook book from yesterday on my desk at work until I could take it home and utterly devour it when my boss saw it and happened to ask what my fascination with our 16th president was.
I'm willing to bet she was 100% taken off guard when she opened that can of worms with me! Long story short, we walked down to her office where she was awesome enough to lend me this book from her personal library. She said she used it as a textbook for a class!
I love these amazing reviews. One says: It should be in the library of every Lincoln student. Point taken, I've already ordered my copy online.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
It was nice to get back to the kiddos after a long three week break. Being the Abe magnet that I am, my coworker spoiled me with this awesome book as a gift!! She said she ran into the book's author at a conference over break! How lucky and perfect for everyone. I really lucked out because this book is not kidding when it says it's a scrapbook. It has tons of pictures, drawings, maps, photographs, and documents crammed between newspaper like articles it's truly every Abe fan's dream. I am so lucky to have all these secret Abeophiles in my midst!
Thank you, Libby! I love this book so much!
How sweet is this?
Monday, April 15, 2013
Today is a very sad day. It is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death. I have been working on this for a bit, okay for awhile...more than a week. I've been out of practice sewing, I need to do it more. I started working on this because I wanted a nice hanky that I could sob into. However, my Mom pointed out to me this poem makes her cry so it would be a vicious circle of crying and wiping it away.
Here is the poem in its entirety.
O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bulge trills;
For you the bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exhult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I just got back home from an awesome vacation in Las Vegas with my family. While I was sitting in the airport, Larissa was texting me about our Game of Thrones night later. It's her boyfriend's turn to cook and I heard we were having an assortment of tempura goodies. I can't wait!
She then sent me pictures of one of the stars from our story tonight being interviewed in a magazine. He talks about how seeing the movie Lincoln and crying. As if this guy could be any hotter, really?
His nickname on the show is Kingslayer. I didn't start liking his character until this season, but he's really growing on me now!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
This amazing piece of art come from my friend Felix who lives far away in Southern California. I love this painting! It has a great Tim Burton-esque style and a quote that will keep me churning out Abes for days!
Thank you for the inspirado, Felix! Keep the paintings coming.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
My Abe A Day business cards came in the mail today! I'm so excited to get these passed out! In case you didn't notice, my job title is Lincoln Enthusiast. It's a 24/7 job, but I'm not complaining.
This is the sweet image on the back.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Last night, all three sister's had an all night Harry Potter sleepover. I forgot how sad those last few movies were! When I woke up this morning, Nicole was busy to work hot gluing things to her work water bottle. Sure enough, true to our family and our strangeness, she was making an Abe.
She hotglued all these awesome colored beads around the top! She better watch out that her waterbottle doesn't get stolen because it's so awesome. Thank you for this Abe, Nicole!
I'm pretty sure this is Nicole's favorite Lincoln quote because I've seen her use it a few times. It says, "Whatever you are, be a good one."
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
If you were wondering, the Lincoln thing isn't just me. I inherited this in my genes. As soon as you walk in my parent's house, who is there to great you? A brass bust of Mr. Lincoln, of course. The amount of Abe related goodies in this house puts mine to shame. That's no easy feat, but I'm willing to admit when I've been defeated.
Monday, April 8, 2013
It's quite nice to be visiting Vegas for the week. I just met my sister's roommate, Kentucky, who I've heard about for years. Being in my family means that you have too much Abraham Lincoln knowledge, whether you want to or not. Kentucky is a great sport and seems to love the Abe thing just as much as we do. He just started doing charcoal drawings again and here is his first Abe!!!
Keep it going, Kentucky. Fine work!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Abes come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes they aren't even humans. This here is my littler sister's German Sheppard named Abraham. He's only a year and a half old and when he puts his paws on my shoulders he's just as tall as me. That basically means I end up dancing with Abraham quite a bit. I can't say I mind a good puppy dance though.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I was so proud to receive this message from my Mom. Not only did she like my interview, but she's promised to get in on the action everyday. So far, she's winning she says. Cass-0 Mom-1 because I had never heard this fact. I hope she keeps them coming, I'm up for the challenge. Let the games begin!
Friday, April 5, 2013
Oh man! I am soooooo excited today! I was just interviewed by Geoff Elliott on his amazing Abraham Lincoln blog that you can check out:
New Lincoln Project Deserves Our Attention
New Lincoln Project Deserves Our Attention
He asks me about the history of the blog and my relationship with Abe. This is totally unreal to me because I read this guy's blog all the time, he is a Lincoln superstar. Pretty big deal.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Today I was in a middle school science class surrounded by handmade DNA strands, photos of Albert Einstein, and I'll be....a poster about the failures of Presidents? Awesome, this guy must be a cool teacher, I rather liked his room.
Such an awesome message for kids, even great Presidents were just people. Everyone has had failure, but what do you do with that experience?
I am seriously an Abe magnet.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Today was a magical day!
It was beautiful outside and I went for a lovely jog around my neighborhood. When I had come home, the mailman had stopped by and I was presently surprised to see I had a postcard from my friend Jessica (you might remember her from earlier posts, she sent me the book Abe Lincoln's Dream). I love getting "real" mail, and this brought quite the smile to my face. This is a picture of Death Valley, I actually did an Abe their with my Dad. I'll have to post the link to the old entry later. It's a beautiful place.
From the sounds of it, Jessica had a great time too! Here is what she wrote me, and oh my, did she just mention our boy Abe?? Yes!!!
As far as I know, Abe never did make it to Nevada. It is because of him that we entered the union as the 36th state on October 31, 1864. The Civil War would end six months later. Abraham in passing with Mary talked about what they would want to do once all the violence had ended, she wanted to visit Paris while he wanted to see what California was like. I'm sure he would have loved all the West had to offer, it's unfortunate he was never able to see it for himself.
Thank you, Jessica for including Abe & I in your travels. I love receiving your postcards!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Today I had the privilege of hanging out with some seriously cool kiddos. I brought the new Lincoln book my friend Jessica sent my way to have it's first test on children, and it played with flying colors. There are quite a few jokes in the story and the kids laughed and laughed at them. The first joke from the book was Abe asking the little girl, "Do you know how long a man's legs should be?" when she can't answer, he tells her, "Long enough to reach the floor!" That's what this first illustration is, Lincoln's long legs being able to reach the floor.
The second drawing I got from a different kiddo was strangely from my favorite part of the book, when Lincoln keeps having the dream about being in a storm. Do you see how well he drew it? Might I add, he is five!!! I love that he put the little girl on the ship with him holding a rose, even though that's not in the actual illustration, it's a moment that happened at the beginning of the book that must have stuck with him.
I love kids!
Monday, April 1, 2013
This Abe was spotted by Larissa again, I think she went on an American Dad marathon. This is from season 2 of that show from the episode Black History Month.
It's about a hilarious conspiracy theory concocted by Lincoln to solve the Civil War with the invention of peanut butter. I mean, what can't peanut butter fix?