Wow! Thanks for sharing. I had no idea that Fall River had produced such an exceptional talent!
My pleasure. I just came across her, myself. :-)
I noted that Mary L. Macomber's middle name was Lizzie. Named after Lizzie Borden? The dates don't fit, however: Macomber was born in 1861, and the Lizzie Borden trial was held in 1893.
I noticed the name coincidence as well...
Thersites,Maybe the name Lizzie was popular back then.
I much prefer Elizabeth to Lizzie. :-)It's a family name. My grandmother is Mary Elizabeth.
I would have thought "Lizzie" to be more a "pet" than "given" name... what's surprising is that her middle inititial wasn't an 'E'.
...and yes, evidently the name was much more popular back then.
Thersites,Great chart! I've bookmarked it.
I came upon a very interesting site today. May be you guys too would like a look at it. :)
When I want to destroy the world... I'll do it with an idea. ;)
Thersites said...I would have thought "Lizzie" to be more a "pet" than "given" name... what's surprising is that her middle inititial wasn't an 'E'My grandmother's pet name is Beth. Just hearing family or friends refer to her as Beth gives me a moment of happiness. I think it's one reason I enjoyed "Little Women". The characters had such great, feminine names.
AOW, I know you love that book. Do you relate to one character more than the others?
If I recall correct, Lizzie was Lizzie Borden's given name. Her full given name was Lizzie Andrew Borden.Back in the 1800s, it wasn't unusual to give what we call "pet names" as given names. For example, my paternal grandmother's given first name was Annie -- not Ann or Anna.BTW, after the murders, Lizzie Borden called herself "Lizbeth"; see THIS. That is the name engraved on her tomb. I've visited her grave at least twice.
Jen,About my relating to a particular character in Little Women -- Jo, of course!Are you familiar with Little Men? I've recently revisited that novel. I don't have a boarding school for boys, but I have homeschooling classrooms full of boys. Some years ago, one of my teaching friends said to me: "You always like the bad ones" -- meaning, the bad boys. True enough -- as long as the bad boys aren't mean as snakes! I try to find a way for bratty boys to channel their energy in a more positive way, and I'm successful at least 50% of the time.
:-)I knew it was Jo! I think I relate to Meg. A little too practical...but I'm trying to overcome that. ;-)
And God bless you for engaging with the bad boys! They NEED that.
Jen,Little Women's Meg is the wisest of the March sisters. But she doesn't have a zest for life.This is not to say that she doesn't enjoy life!
I could talk forever about "bad boys." In my experience, they often are floundering emotionally.I've had some success very recently with one of "the bad boys" in my class. I know what turned him around (for the time being, anyway): he completed an assignment well, and I praised him in front of the class. He is excited to be in class now and racking up some good grades. Just the one moment of praise -- that's all it took! Amazing! I think that the one moment of praise let him know that I do have confidence in his academic abilities. And it's wonderful to see him smiling now; ever since he arrived to the class back in November, he was more somber than I like to see. I'm not sure why he had that cloud over his head, but the cloud seems to have lifted.PS: Jo would have given the boy I just mentioned the same moment of praise and would have won him over completely. I haven't won him over completely. Yet.
It's a gift to be able to encourage them in the classroom, AOW. I thought I wanted to be a teacher until I spent one semester student teaching. I realized quickly that education wasn't my calling!:-)P.s. Jo might have won him over completely, but she is, after all, fictional. P.s.s. I often think of Jane Eyre in the same way. I adore her!!
Jen,In my view, real teachers are called; they don't pursue merely a career.PS: Jane Eyre is another of my favorite books! The first time that I read it, I was in 5th or 6th grade. I've reread it at least once more.PPS: My model for teaching in several ways in Annie Sullivan. Just sayin'.
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