Relive the 20th century through the writings of a remarkable woman. The diaries extend from a 19 year-old Ruth waving to a pioneer aviator from her second-story porch in rural Indiana until, as a nonagenarian, she rejoices in the Voyager landing. Recitations, transcripts, and speeches by this Mennonite farmer's wife help round out her life. With 46 photographs spanning her lifetime.
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Normally when one thinks life almost a hundred years ago, we think of the truly simple life without technology. But reading this novel, you will not only read the tales of everyday farm life complete with a plethora of housework that will shame any soccer mom, but you will also welcome yourself into the world of an independent, strong, and quite intelligent woman's life. Not only will you get a personal perspective someone very active in society of life early in the 20th century, but you will also hear about the invention of television, the elections of Woodrow Wilson in 1912 to Jimmy Carter in 1976, Ruth seeing Haley's comet Twice!, the Landing on the Moon, the Depression and Drought of the 30's, as well as two World Wars. Through the novel you will enjoy Ruth¿s mark on several organizations, the family she raised, her adventures with farm life, as well as her admiration for her husband of 73 years who rode for miles on his bike at age 95. She gives you the inspiration to love life to its fullest and appreciate the little things. This is truly a story of a remarkable woman and composed perfectly by her granddaughter
In this skillfully edited book the author has taken passages from the diaries of a Mennonite farmer's wife and made them come alive for the reader. We are treated to a glimpse of life in rural Indiana over an 80 year period, from 1909 to 1989. The author recorded the life of her grandmother for family, friends, and others to treasure. A wonderful idea! A book worth reading!
This memoir is an extraction of a daily journal kept by a woman over an 80 year span of time. I was amazed by the discoveries and insight found by this telescopic view of a single life. For instance, the weather in the 1930¿s Indiana, was worse than today. One March day it is 20 F and the next day, 80 F. One of the biggest differences between life than and now was that people did not travel the great distances they do today. But when they did, they used public transportation more frequently such as busses and trains. Also, the standard of education in rural Indiana was as high if not higher than today. You won¿t find Hollywood style romance and drama in this memoir, but you will find reality portrayed in a unique fashion.