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Re: Little House books S/O thread
« Reply #120 on: January 21, 2013, 06:23:03 AM »
Off-topic....

/\ That's interesting! I wonder if that's where my small pox scar is?

A lot of people born during the 40's and 50's have the circular, pale, discolored spot on their upper left arm that is the scar from the small pox inoculation they received as children.

Returning to the topic......

I tried to read the Little House books when I was in my 20's but would fall asleep.

If it's where most kids got them, it's on your upper left arm.  Most (at least back in the late 50's) got them just before going to school - I remember getting mine and comparing it with the other kids when school started. 

I don't remember when they stopped being required to start school, but my oldest aunt was always getting sent home the first day (new teacher every year) because they checked for a scar and she didn't have one.  My grandmother always sent her back to school the next day with a note saying the reason she didn't have a scar was because she had had smallpox and didn't need the vaccine.  I don't know why she didn't send the note the first day - maybe too optimistic that she wouldn't have to.
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Re: Little House books S/O thread
« Reply #121 on: February 04, 2013, 11:30:09 AM »
I'll get there.  Eventually.

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« Reply #122 on: February 04, 2013, 12:35:35 PM »
One Fish Two Fish, you beat me to it!  I saw it on www.nbcnews.com

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« Reply #123 on: February 04, 2013, 12:49:32 PM »
In the article, it's stated that calling what Mary had scarlet fever makes the most literary sense. However, the book I'm reading, "The Wilder Life," says that there were some things Laura didn't know from her childhood and were therefore inaccurate when she wrote them. I wonder if that was one of the things, or I wonder if it was one of the things she wrote that she knew were inaccurate. From "The Wilder Life" it seems there's a lot of both.

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Re: Little House books S/O thread
« Reply #124 on: February 04, 2013, 01:04:31 PM »
I'm trying to remember the source, but I once read something about Mary having a stroke that caused her blindness.
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Re: Little House books S/O thread
« Reply #125 on: February 04, 2013, 01:43:45 PM »
I'm trying to remember the source, but I once read something about Mary having a stroke that caused her blindness.

Yes, I've read that also; the high fever she had during her illness caused a syroke.  I don't know if that's accurate or not.

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« Reply #126 on: February 04, 2013, 09:30:41 PM »
I'm trying to remember the source, but I once read something about Mary having a stroke that caused her blindness.

Yes, I've read that also; the high fever she had during her illness caused a syroke.  I don't know if that's accurate or not.
I'd wonder about having a stroke that only results in blindness, and not in any physical impairment otherwise.

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Re: Little House books S/O thread
« Reply #127 on: February 04, 2013, 09:41:16 PM »
I'm trying to remember the source, but I once read something about Mary having a stroke that caused her blindness.

Yes, I've read that also; the high fever she had during her illness caused a syroke.  I don't know if that's accurate or not.
I'd wonder about having a stroke that only results in blindness, and not in any physical impairment otherwise.

Well, here we go:
http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/04/the-real-reason-mary-ingalls-went-blind/?hpt=hp_bn13

This theory says it was meningoencephalitis.

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Re: Little House books S/O thread
« Reply #128 on: February 07, 2013, 06:30:31 PM »
Laura was born on today's date (Feb. 7) in 1867.

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Re: Little House books S/O thread
« Reply #129 on: February 08, 2013, 05:22:18 AM »
I'm trying to remember the source, but I once read something about Mary having a stroke that caused her blindness.

Yes, I've read that also; the high fever she had during her illness caused a syroke.  I don't know if that's accurate or not.
I'd wonder about having a stroke that only results in blindness, and not in any physical impairment otherwise.

I remember reading in an earlier book (maybe the "Laura" biography) that Mary suffered pain/neuralgia and paralysis on one side of the face.  You can kind of see it in the one photograph of the girls after the Long Winter.  Mary doesn't hold her face the way a normally healthy person would -- there is some sort of droopiness there.

This isn't mentioned in the Little House books, which lead you to believe that Mary was the most beautiful young woman in the world, aside from the fact that her eyes couldn't see.   And I started to look at that portrayal, not as a lie, but as the reminiscing of a loving sister.  Laura loved Mary and so to her, she always remained as beautiful as she had ever been. 

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Re: Little House books S/O thread
« Reply #130 on: December 28, 2014, 02:18:26 PM »
Bumping an old thread,

but has anyone else read the new Pioneer Girl annotated biography? 

I've just started it, but it's really interesting so far!

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« Reply #131 on: December 28, 2014, 02:37:18 PM »
I've been reading it and am nearly done.  I've really enjoyed it!  I love the fact that the reality wasn't as squeaky clean as the Little House books depicted.

At one point, she mentions a couple and that the baby would be arriving "too soon" after the wedding. 

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« Reply #132 on: December 28, 2014, 09:06:30 PM »
I'm also reading it and loving it so far. The historian in me loves all the footnotes! I'm about halfway through it.

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« Reply #133 on: December 28, 2014, 09:46:51 PM »
I have it on hold from the library, but don't know how many holds are ahead of me.

I can read an average book in about one to three days if the book is really good/interesting. How long would you say it takes to read this book? Checkout is three weeks and I doubt I can renew it since I'm sure there's a waiting list.

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« Reply #134 on: December 29, 2014, 07:55:02 AM »
I hope to get Pioneer Girl as well.  I've read the Little House series growing up and still enjoy it as an adult.  I also do watch the tv series too sometimes.