brickbats, accolades, etc.
The Midwife is a belated thank you to Katherine Weatherwax (Mrs.) who first taught me Latin. Within subjunctive verbs and the ablative absolute I found reflected the inner life of God. This was in Pinellas County, Florida during the presidency of Harry S. Truman.
John Pike Grady of Eastport, Maine told me about flying. John graduated Shead High School in 1943 and went directly into the Army Air Corps, was based at Tinian and flew 34 missions over Japan. John’s B-29 was to be “Mission to Albuquerque,” brought down during a low-level raid on Kobe before he could join its crew. He finished the war as right-scanner gunner in the “Mission to Albuquerque II.”
For the purposes of this story “Miss Taken Identity” is a B-24 in action over Europe. By the end of World War II, the entire Pacific theater heavy bomber force had been converted to B-24s due to their long range and superior flight characteristics. Lucy Hobart flew out of Egypt. Any errors historical or mechanical must fall to me, not to John or Lucy.
The index page image of the boy, the cow and the tire swing is a U.S. Extension Service photograph from the 1920s via the Library of Congress where it is called “Boy in tire swing holds a cow on a tether.”
Thanks to Vlad Eftenie,
architect and photographer of Bucharest, Romania for permission to use his
“Strange Revenge” as the cover art of the Midwife’s eBook editions. The
young woman’s iron is coal powered, thanks for asking. Copyrights remain
with the artist.
Some of the Midwife’s characters appeared in short form pieces before becoming citizens of the book. The stories are archived at http://www.onetinleg.com:
“The Walking Lesson”
A slaughter of elms, and the midnight rescue of a high school bully who comes up short on painkillers. See Chapter 13—True, I talk of dreams.
“Blue as in an Early Frost”
from inside Cat’s TV set the cast of a TV soap opera demands to be noticed by a onetime viewer. See Intermezzo 8.
“Grasshopper Dreams” (http://onetinleg.com/m/printdocs/grasshopperdoc.htm) for the solitary death of an old man, and a young matron who wants to watch someone die: “I loved that blue,” said Cat’s mother. See Intermezzo 8.
“The Tirewoman Gabriel”
for the exploration of the life of a small town photographer at the turn of the Twentieth Century. See Chapter 21—Ian and the Camera
The diary of Anna Borling of Madison Township, Ohio 1923-1929 for Mr. Trevisano and the Italian picnics at Lucy’s orchard. Our transcription of the diary is resident at the Lake County Historical Society. See http://platterland.com/bookworm_diary.html. And Intermezzo 8.
The original photograph for the onetinleg.com logo, “They All Look at Another Side,” is the copyrighted work of María de la Puente Bernardos and is used by permission.
The photograph (above, left) of a boy and his pet chicken enjoying a smoke break, “Portrait of Henri Groulx, ca. 1920,” is by Parisian Studio [Public domain], via Library and Archives Canada.
And thanks to the late Martin Langeland of Seattle USA, the Midwife’s trusted reader, always there for a timely throttle-down on my extravagant verbiage, widely schooled in things both great and small.