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Say hi to your cousin!

Bonobos AKA Pygmy Chimps are close relatives of chimpanzees (despite the name, they are about the same size). Bonobos live south of the Congo River while Chimps live north of the river. Bonobos fascinate me because they are mankind’s closest living relative. Many of their social and mating habits are similar.

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Mystery solved

Everyone knows of Lady Godiva’s naked ride. BUT early historians insist she wore a shift, medieval slip. Anglo-Saxon naked “naecad” meant improperly clothed which could mean no clothes or just a shift. Had she ridden bare “baer,” she would indeed have been nude. My picture book manuscript is The True Lady Godiva. Lady Godiva – 1010AD to about 1077AD. After the penance ride, her husband lowered tolls on Coventry. Among her famous descendants are William Shakespeare and Daniel Webster. And me—she is also my great…grandmother.

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E book on sale!

Voyagers: The Third Ghost

Dancing Lemur Press: middle reader’s sci fi  anthology

On sale Aug. 4-8th, $2.99 Amazon eBook

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Chenoweth Massacre

On July 17, 1789, Shawnees forded the Ohio River and attacked Chenoweth Station, near Middletown KY, home of Richard Chenoweth, one of Louisville’s first settlers. 3 Chenoweth children and 2 soldiers were killed, and the house was burned down. His wife, Peggy Chenoweth, was scalped but lived. The survivors fled to this 2-story springhouse (still standing). A force from Linn’s Station rescued them. It was led by Col. Richard Clough Anderson (likely my great…great uncle) but included William Clark, later of Lewis and Clark.

The Shawnee probably came from Tullytown (near Charlestown IN) and Muscatatuck (near North Vernon IN). They forded the Ohio River at Bull Creek where Armstrong Station was built, maybe to prevent more massacres. [my childhood home was built on Armstrong Station’s remains]

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Today (August 4th) is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! On this day in 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield accidentally added chocolate chips to her cookie dough. The chocolate chip cookie was born! I bet she had one happy family. Time to go to the nearest bakery!

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Mr. Suddeth’s father: Not bad

Mr. Suddeth’s grandpa: I’m busy on the farm.

Mr. Suddeth’s aunt: Is his novel real or not?

Mr. Suddeth’s friends: Is he okay?

Mr. Suddeth’s fellow writers: Who?

[Editor’s note: Mr. Suddeth drank too much coffee again]

Gunfire. Yelling. Soldiers and looters force a family to flee into the mountains. 2020 Central America? 1940 Nazi Europe? 1838 SE US! Stone Man: Trail of Tears: Juvenile Fiction: They flee to where giant Stone Man may dwell. http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/

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Bellewood Female Seminary on Lagrange Road, Anchorage Kentucky began in 1860. Tuition was $15 a year, $160 a year for students who boarded. Mildred and Patty Hill, famous for “Happy Birthday,” lived here with their professor/father. The school is now part of a residential home for troubled youth. This is about a mile down the road from me. [1896 report card]

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Alert!

A T-Rex has escaped from the Headley Hill Labs. They’ve been warned not to let their clones loose in town, but they claim it was an accident. I snapped the photos at Tom Sawyer State Park. (got a little close on one of them)

Good news: It is a young T-Rex, maybe 25 feet high. T-Rex aren’t that fast–a good sprinter can can outrun them. They have lousy sense of smells. He’s alone.

Bad news: They have keen eyes–hide. SHHH. Their hearing is super. One aw-shucks and you are supper. People are tasty snacks.

Last sighted on Hurstbourne Parkway, heading for Indiana. Have a nice day. I’ll be in my cave.

[Editor’s note: someone slipped espresso shots into Mr. Suddeth’s coffee. We are not amused]

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Burning Dawn

A red and yellow Ohio River dawn. It looks like the water is afire. Eric Suddeth photo 110616.

 

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Excuses, excuses

I don’t know the story behind this photo Wish I did: I didn’t mean to pull the plug. I took a wrong turn. Why is the deck wet? Why did the ship quit moving?

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