Mail Order Brides

Hearts West

photo courtesy Amazon

Last semester while I was working on my school assignments, I became fascinated with the subject of the American Frontier through the eyes of the women who lived it.  I read the Little House on the Prairie books years ago, but I greatly desired to read more stories.  I ended up searching on Amazon for books, and Hearts West: True Stories of Mail Order Brides on the Frontier is one of many that I ordered.

Hearts West is only 108 pages, so it is an easy and fast read, but I enjoyed it.  I wish it contained much more stories.  I came away from it with a different perspective of the Frontier mail order bride business, as well as respect for it.  The book contains real advertisements for brides and husbands that appeared in the newspapers in those days.  Many people reading them today would probably snicker and accuse those men and women of being desperate, but I have a lot of respect for them.  They were honest about being lonely, and didn’t pretend to be something they were not.  In the ads the people got right to the point about themselves and what they were looking for.  Many people today are also lonely and desperate, and the ways in which they try to find a partner can also be called into question. Continue reading →

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That Old Southern Flag

I really don’t like to get political here on my blog because people tend to be very passionate about their personal political ideologies.  However, I feel deeply moved to write this post because of the protests I see going on about the removal of the Confederate flag and denouncing the governor who had the smarts to have it removed……FINALLY    This is an act that should have taken place in 1865.

I think that many people simply do not know the true history of the Confederate flag, or maybe they do and simply do not care and are proud of the old south’s slave history.  These types of incidents, including the recent massacre in South Carolina, always tends to reveal closet racists all over the place. Continue reading →

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Michael Moore Comments on UCSB Shooting

I used to be a big fan of film director Michael Moore.  Now I have mixed feelings about him.  I prefer not to get political on Collar City Brownstone, but I felt compelled to share this.  One of my Facebook friends “likes” Michael Moore’s Facebook fan page and shared the below post by MM on her timeline.  I think this is worth thinking about and coming to some type of conclusion about what actions we can take as a nation.  We cannot continue to sit at home hoping that things will get better, or just resign ourselves to living in a world where violence and guns have become the new norm. Continue reading →

Black Victoriana: Part Two

African American men I received an overwhelming response to the blog post Black Victoriana, so I decided to post more photos of African Americans from way back when.  My Black Victoriana post, to date, has received the most views and comments of any other blog post that I have ever done since starting my blog in 2011.  My other posts do not even come anywhere near the views and comments that Black Victoriana has received.  My main reason for posting those photos is because I wanted people to see African Americans from the late 19th and early to middle 20th century in a different light.  It is a way that is how we represented ourselves daily back in the day.  We are not a group of people who mostly grew up in ghettos, turned to drugs and did not care about educating ourselves.  The reality was quite the opposite. Continue reading →

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poignant Letter From Birmingham

MLKIn one of my classes the professor had everyone read the letter that Martin Luther King Jr. wrote while he was in jail in Birmingham.  I admit that prior to taking this course, I had not read the letter, although I did know about it.  I found the letter very moving.  It immediately shows how highly educated and intelligent Martin Luther King Jr. was.  The letter is very well written and articulated.  I have always believed that MLK and Nelson Mandela came to the earth to teach humanity some very important lessons.   The letter is very long, but worth every second of your time reading it. Continue reading →