RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: http://www.berksmontnews.com website: all stories http://www.berksmontnews.com The Berks-Mont News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:25:49 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Through my eyes: Legal blindness and an unlikely hobby]]> As a new addition to Berks-Mont News, I figured I would use these early columns to give the readers a chance to learn more about me. I stated in a previous column that I struggle with being legally blind. I suffered from a lack of oxygen at approximately one month old which severely inhibited the proper development of my optic nerve.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:45:33 -0400 20150728144533 2015-07-28T14:45:33-04:00 2015-07-28T14:45:33-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: Architectural fashion in randomly laid fieldstone]]> America's early hinterland houses built of native stone are more than well constructed abodes. They reveal the desire of the frontier inhabitants to be part of the architectural fashion of the day. Even the simplest l8th century field-stone dwelling, having no obvious Georgian architectural style for that period, may very well contain large "quoins" (pronounced coins) or cornerstones that architecturally give the home symmetry and frame the random laid walls.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:56:09 -0400 20150727155609 2015-07-27T15:56:09-04:00 2015-07-27T15:56:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice of Life: Pineapple Peach Pops]]> We all have things we hate. For two of my children, the squeaking of Styrofoam sends them into a tizzy and, coincidentally, both my husband and I detest those wooden spoons that accompany Italian ices. For one of my daughters, it's peach fuzz. She refuses to touch the skin of a peach. She even makes the customers bag their own at our farm stand.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:22:33 -0400 20150723112233 2015-07-23T11:22:33-04:00 2015-07-23T11:22:33-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A most interesting diary, conclusion (Part III)]]> For the last two weeks this column dealt with the 1839-1845 diary of Norristown resident Mary Markley Boyer (1802-1858). Found by historian Nancy Roan some years ago, the diary pages are interleaved into The Lady's Annual Register, a publication which included monthly almanac pages. Pasted opposite the almanac page for each month is her diary for that month.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:48:27 -0400 20150721125215 2015-07-21T12:48:27-04:00 2015-07-21T12:52:15-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A Most Interesting Diary, continued (Part II)]]> Last week's column dealt with the 1839-1845 diary of Norristown resident Mary Markley Boyer (1802-1858). Found by historian Nancy Roan some years ago, the diary pages are interleaved into The Lady's Annual Register, a publication which included monthly almanac pages. Pasted opposite the almanac page for each month is her diary for that month.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:40:52 -0400 20150721124052 2015-07-21T12:40:52-04:00 2015-07-21T12:40:52-04:00
<![CDATA[Felicia Fisher's Slice of Life: For the love of coffee and not baking…]]> I had the most surreal food experience yesterday. I opted to go inside my local Starbuck's to peruse the coffee menu. I usually use the drive through although oftentimes I simply drive by rather than wait behind a line of six to seven cars. As usual, their was an inordinate amount of people crammed inside this small retail space enjoying their coffee creations.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:11:42 -0400 20150721121142 2015-07-21T12:11:42-04:00 2015-07-21T12:11:42-04:00
<![CDATA[The Historian: A Most Interesting Diary]]> A most interesting diary has come to light. Found by historian Nancy Roan, it was created by Norristown resident Mary Markley Boyer from 1839-1845. Diaries and journals, called "primary source documents," are the gold standard in historical research. They are usually to be trusted above all other sources.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:01:22 -0400 20150707150122 2015-07-07T15:01:22-04:00 2015-07-07T15:01:22-04:00
<![CDATA[For what it's worth: My personal food challenge]]> I've had the house to myself for about a week, and I have another week to go. When there's only one person--it's easy to downsize a bit. And I decided to downsize in regards to hastily purchasing food.

I have not done a full grocery shopping yet--instead, I'm forcing myself to come up with meals from scrap, using all up the random things in the cabinets and fridge.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:14:39 -0400 20150626111439 2015-06-26T11:14:39-04:00 2015-06-26T11:14:39-04:00
<![CDATA[A Look Back in History: American Wisdom and Good Natured Dutch Folklore]]> Almost since the founding of America, there have been many illiterate peasants who have followed the lead of Ministers and educated citizens whose wisdom has helped them survive farming in the North American wilderness. Among the PA Dutch people, many of these literate leaders had written Fraktur documents to teach religion and educate others how to better live their lives, illuminating their wisdom in folk art designs in which cousins could admire their teachers, many of our forefathers who knew nothing about the new world, soon learned native folklore which allow them to survive at a time when we did not have public or church schools.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:25:05 -0400 20150603152505 2015-06-03T15:25:05-04:00 2015-06-03T15:25:05-04:00