I cringe somewhat for bringing this up, because I don’t want it to sound like this blog is turning into a WordPress Basics blog, but… considering concerns voiced about the preservation of content in comments from my post “What’s the future look like for your blogged labors of love?“, I thought it might be a good idea to remind folks […]
It’s nearly everywhere you turn when reading about Native Americans in the Valley… inconsistency and/or one of a small number of standardized, mind-numbed, tracked approaches to the subject. … and… oh yes, by the way… …just how do we know that the word “Shenandoah” really means (loosely interpreted, or not) “Daughter of the Stars”? For […]
Once in a blue moon (and no, tonight isn’t really a blue moon, but you get the point…), I like to point out what this blog is about. Generally, it focuses on a relatively small range (really!) of topics, dealing primarily with what might (to some) be considered “alternative history” of the Shenandoah Valley in […]
It appears I blew right past without realizing it, but, prior to posting yesterday’s post, I stood at 600 blog posts published since February 2008 (well, actually, November 2007… but there was that gap between Nov. ’07 and Feb. ’08, before things really started to get going here). This makes 602. Woot, woot!
It’s not actually… at least not always… the physical journey, but the journey through a blog post. When I sit at the computer on many a Saturday and/or Sunday, I sometimes jump right into a post, and other times, think about where “I want to go” via the words. It’s much like looking at the […]
An observation that is probably more apparent to those who blog than those who read… and, that’s not meant as a slight to those who aren’t bloggers… again, just an observation… While I still consider blogging a very effective tool in getting historical information and/or discussions out to a significant (and, likely, a more diverse/broad audience than that which […]
Just more of an administrative announcement here. Concurrent with a buyout of Cenantua’s Blog, we will begin changing the scope and of course the name of this blog. Craig Swain, who has been itching to post more on his vast collection of Mark Twain, Delta Blues, and River Boat notes, has purchased the “cenantua.wordpress.com” namespace […]
Brooks made some very kind comments about this blog today, in a post at Crossroads, and I greatly appreciate him taking the time to say what he did (thanks again, Brooks!). So, after commenting over there, on his post, I realized… holy cow! This blog is three years old! In fact, I missed the anniversary… […]
I was perusing the Web early this morning and came across several deleted scenes from the movie Gettysburg. One in particular seemed to strike a chord, especially since Keith, over at Cosmic Civil War, has given some time to blog about it recently (and we exchanged Tweets about the subject over a period of a […]
Just got this a couple of hours ago from Longwood University and wanted to share asap: “That a Nation Might Live” is an online weekly podcast series (also available on iTunes) launched recently that traces the events of 150 years ago, reporting the week’s key developments in the run up to and during the war. […]
I think we all like getting a nod from somebody. Bloggers take time… sometimes a great deal of time… developing blog posts. Of course, it makes us feel good to know that someone appreciates what we’re doing. It’s satisfying to write and to express ourselves, but I think, most of us seek something more… hence […]
Brooks Simpson’s recent post got me thinking… For some Southerners, maybe it’s just a little too easy to dismiss a Northerner when he/she writes about the history of the Civil War era South. For these same Southerners… when confronted with another Southerner who writes not so much in harmony with the Lost Cause ideology… what […]
As the last article for my newspaper column (of over thirteen years) appears in the weekly edition of the Page News and Courier today, and an open invitation to join me at my blog was included in the article… I just wanted to say a quick “hi!” to those folks as they join us… here. […]
After four posts last weekend, some might be wondering about the lack of activity here today. Fact of the matter is… there is activity here, but it’s just not obvious. Since I wrap-up my weekly newspaper column (of 13 years and 2 months) this week, I’m working on adding informational content here. I also hinted […]
Among other things, this month also marks 146 years since the execution of two Maryland Confederate troopers in my home county. A rare request from me, but I think a worthy effort… One of the headstones needing attention in Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, is that of Churchill Jones Crittenden. Even though a replacement headstone […]
Just the other day, I made reference to the Lenape/Delaware word “Conococheague“, which means “water of many turns.” Funny, but that pretty much summarizes the way I write this blog… not to mention the fluid nature of many blogs. The content can turn, twist, and completely shift, without warning. It’s more a reflection of what […]
I love this time of year. It’s a chilly day, the sky is overcast… … I have a fire in the wood stove… … and a relaxing cup of cappuccino in my manly-man Mickey Mouse coffee mug (what else??!!) is close at-hand. Feels like a good time to sit down and write… just wish I […]
For those who may be interested, I have added several hyperlinks to the live, roving blog posts (nine in all) that I created last weekend. Some of these hyperlinks might fill you in on some questions that you may (or may not) have had while reading originally. The tour begins here. Enjoy. Later today I’ll […]
Just a test of the Geotag feature, but, while I’m here… this section of land was used for burying both Union and Confederate dead who usually died while in the Confederate hospital that I just mentioned in the last post. The Union dead were later removed to the National Cemetery just to the east, and […]
Just checking to see how the Geotag feature of WordPress works via my LG Droid. …well, I’m bummed. I was going to take photos of two buildings at VSDB in Staunton. Both predated the Civil War, and were used as part of the Confederate hospital (=>*) here. I have learned, just now, that they were […]
We have intermissions here as well… … yes, I know… what the heck is that in my header…? Well, allow me to back up a bit. My “demonstration” in this post is aligned with the sentiments expressed by Andy in his post from the other day. It’s my way of voicing an opinion against anyone […]
Yes…been a bit quiet here lately, but things will pick up again soon…. at the very least, a weekend warrior series of posts. In the meantime, I’m trying out posting short pieces like this via my Droid. Interesting possibilities with this…
Andy Hall has been contributing some interesting posts about the Civil War over at Maritime Texas, but now he’s diving-in with his own blog focused on the war. The title of his new blog is Dead Confederates, which is quite intriguing, and I think we’re in for some stimulating posts. By the way, he’s yet […]
Yes, I’m not only developing elsewhere, but I’m tweaking here. I wanted to change my header to better reflect the diversity of my posts. I’m not sure this does everything that I want, but it’s close. I’ll have something up soon that relates… again… to the Civil War.
Coming off the flu, I had the bonus experience in the demise of my laptop’s motherboard, so… with my backup computer a rather antiquated piece of work, posts are at a standstill right now until I get another laptop. This post courtesy of my access to a computer in a public library!
For about the past six days, I’ve been dealing with one heck of a virus… and yesterday, I found out, courtesy of a professional diagnosis, that I’m battling the big “pig.” Fortunately, my battle with swine flu isn’t as tough as it could be. The doc says my immune system is apparently battling it rather well. […]
It’s that time of year again… I’ve reached the middle of the semester and with the thesis due in mid-April, things are going to slow down here (and in Southern Unionists Chronicles and the rest of the micro-blogs) quite a bit until that gets completed. There will be, in all likelihood, no posts next week, […]
In addition to regular posts, I’m going to start a practice here of creating mini-posts to announce when posts are created in the micro-blogs.