Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Pleasurable Moments ***
Projectgutenberg.org, as mentioned in my last post, was my destination again this morning, long before daylight arrived. Newly listed books are shown on the project's first page. Of the five or so pictured, I selected "Trails and Tramps in Alaska and Newfoundland", copyright 1913, which took my interest quickly because of the many (100+) pictures within its pages, of the scenes encountered and captured by the author William S. Thomas.
This is the notice you will see on entering the website:
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In this day and time of 2012, it is rare to get anything for 'free'. Happily you will be when you find no advertising links rudely vying for attention either.
In this true account of Thomas' journeys into the wilds of Alaska and Newfoundland, you read about the lives, the hardships of the natives who inhabited the areas at the turn of the past century, accounts of the wildlife Thomas comes upon. There are pictures of swarming salmon churning the native waterways, bear visits and trappers' tools, glaciers that glitter, scenes of vast natural beauty that have undoubtedly incurred the rape and ravishment by civilization over the past one hundred and so years.
Dwelling in silence often brings advantages to me that others who live a busy, hectic life rarely encounter; so I invite you to share in the pleasant times I spend in reading some delightful accounts/stories when you need a bit of relief from your 'mad dash of survival'.