Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Craving Greek Food

I've been craving a good gyro or souvlaki now for a couple of weeks. There are no good Greek restaurants near where I live. My craving just got worse when I read Taneya's blog today and discovered she'd been to a Greek Food Festival over the weekend. I plan to find a good Greek restaurant in Chicago while I'm there for the National Genealogical Society's Conference in the States.

Smart Idea

LINK - Schools in Kentucky are beginning to offer courses in Chinese. Some experts believe Chinese could very well become one of the main languages of business. Many of my colleagues believe that we should begin teaching Mandarin Chinese to all students in the first grade.

Tea Time


LINK - Charleston Tea Plantation, which was purchased by the Bigelow Family of tea fame in 2003, is open for tours again. I'd say this is a must on my next tour of Charleston. It's appropriate that the city which has America's only tea plantation is the setting for Laura Childs' tea shop mystery series. I read her latest installment in a single day last month. It is Blood Orange Brewing. If you have not read any of her tea mysteries, I recommend that you begin with the first in the series, Death by Darjeeling.

Courthouse Research

LINK - Here's another book to add to my wish list for the NGS conference coming up in a couple of weeks. Christine Rose has a new book on courthouse indexes. Dick Eastman is giving it very good press!

Summer Reading


I love Dottie Frank's books. Full of Grace is probably the one with the most profound Catholic message of the three. While I am Protestant rather than Catholic, I did appreciate the journey of faith in this book. I love the Charleston area and have really embraced Frank's books because of the setting. This one is set in Charleston and Hilton Head. One of the features I really enjoy are brief appearances by characters in her other books. We got to revisit the friends from Shem Creek briefly in this most recent novel.

Jaroslav Pelikan

LINK - Well-known Yale history professor Jaroslav Pelikan of Yale has died. I remember using some of his works for church history courses in Bible College and seminary long ago.