Worms and Flowers

Self-Cultivation List 2

Posted in Inside by Lzyjo on March 27, 2010

When I was a wee child I used to love plunking down on my stomach with the Sunday Funnies section. Now that I am a *little* more grown up I love reading different types of articles and info for entertainment and education. Here are a few of my favorites of late on my never ending journey of self-growth and cultivation.

Diary of a Victorian Clerk

This is a great find from the City of Westminster, who has gone to much trouble to transcribe the 18th Century Diary of Nathaniel Bryceson, a 19 year-old wharf clerk (coal cashier) residing in Pimlico, a suburb in the area designated as Greater London.Photobucket I first read about it on the BBC site in this article. The City posts the entries on an almost daily basis, following the diary as it was written in 1846. Nat, (as I imagine he would be called) talks about everything,  from physics (laxative), wars, current events,  to  what he wore, what he ate, how the weather was, who died, who was born, and so on. He attitude is surprising modern and frank. Here are a few excerpts of interest.

March 12th 1846 Thursday

Shortly after 3 o’clock this morning a fire broke out upon the premises of Mr Kneller, bullion dealer and refiner, 60 Princes Street, Leicester Square.  It originated in the smelting house the back of the dwelling and when first discovered it threatened very serious consequences.  The speedy arrival of four engines prevented the flames from extending further, but the … entirely extinguished … the stock in trade, fixtures, utensils in the smelting house were very consumed …

And just a little reminder of social constants. This one concerns Nat’s female companion, Ann Fox.

February 22nd 1846 Sunday

Walked through Regent’s Park.  Rain threatened, halted, held up again.  Proceeded onwards over Primrose Hill and fields to Hampstead Church.  Rain fell in torrents, rather wetted.  Sat awhile in church; looked over some monuments and tablets.  Proceeded homewards raining very heavy.  Ann got very wet, self fared better.  Got across the fields to a narrow lane with an archway over.  Sheltered ourselves under arch.  Got to wicked tricks.

That happened to be the same day of the so-called physic…….  O_o

Civil War Preservation Trust Discovery Trails

As we well know, the local area here is rich with Civil War history.  Recently a new civil war trail was designated At the Spring Hill Battle Field.


Rippavilla Plantation Photo courtesy of Kraig McNutt at the Battle of Franklin

The Battle of Spring Hill was the prelude to the Battle of Franklin.  The battle began with cavalry skirmishes. A separate Confederate charge crossed the Duck River to assault the reinforced Federal’s at the Spring Hill crossroads. By late afternoon the Northern troops defeated the disjointed Southern attack,  opening the road to Franklin where the entire army was congregating in preparation for the next day’s massive battle.

The Battle at Franklin, on the site of the historic Carnton Mansion, is known as one of the bloodiest battles (outside of Gettysburg) with Confederates losing six generals. The Union had established “works” previous that they used as protection during the Battle of Franklin, leaving the confederates on open ground. Both sides were evenly matched, but the Confederates losses were three times the Union’s, probably do to the protection that they lacked. Losses totaled over 8,000. Yet the wounded confederates under Hood managed to trudge on to Nashville in retreat where Hood ‘s forces where completed stomped out a few months later in the Battle of Nashville, but that’s another tale.

The Civil War Preservation purchases property to preserve the historic significance. They manage over 600 sites in 32 states from Maine to Florida, and westward. Find a local battlefield or historic site to explore and learn about local history.  Just click on any of the links and select your state to find a battlefield.

Business Education

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a wide selection of free business training materials on their website. The info there is useful for anyone who wants to start of already owns a small business. My favorite is the step by step Business Plan template, this is really helpful to help you hone your mission statement, see who your customer base is and why your products are unique. This module helped me also see what my goals are for my business. All of their presentations are about 30 minutes long, covering topics for setting up a business to surviving in a recession. According to the website the The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government, to help American small businesses grow. They have field offices in the major cities (Nashville/Memphis) that offer free consultations and advice from experienced professionals. Most large cites also have SCORE offices, (SCORE offers business mentor services locally and online)  States operate small business assistance offices in most cities, Clarksville/Columbia/Murfreesboro. Tennessee calls these Small Business Development Centers. To find State programs where you live,  go to your state’s website  and look for the business section. There you should find a page for starting a business, which includes links to all of the resources. It’s never too late to start, it’s also never too soon. So if you have a small group of employees, are a one person operation or ever considered, imagined, or dreamed of having a business, doing something you love, I encourage you to check out these free educational materials to inspire you and see if you can accomplish your goals realistically.

What have you been doing lately in your personal time?

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  1. Jen said, on March 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    I love reading old diaries. I have one from my great Aunt Elva, when she travelled with her husband collecting artifacts for the Smithsonian during Victorian times. “Wicked Tricks’ huh? That’s hot! Good to know about the Civil War Preservation and SBA activities too.

    Earlier today I took my daughter to see the film “Me and Orson Welles” it’s about a teenager who gets cast in an Orson Welles play in NY in the 30’s – wonderful film and very accurate depiction of the theatre life at that point in history.

    Me too Jen, I loved reading those excerpts from your Aunts Diary.
    Sounds like a wonderful play, I love things that put you inside history. Thanks for stopping by, Jen.

  2. ourfriendben said, on March 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Whoa, Lzyjo, do you all live near Franklin? My family’s Colonial home is about ahlfway between Nashville and Franklin on Hillsboro Road. I always loved visiting Franklin, and saw the Carnton home/museum many times with great interest. I’d always fantasized about buying a historic home in Franklin, but as I understand it, it’s grown so vigorously in the past couple of decades I doubt that I’d even recognize it if I saw it now! Too bad, it was such a great little town, and then there was that most excellent name…

    Ouuuu! That’s a fabulous fantasy! We are just outside of the Franklin zip code. (Thompson’s Station is just one town South) It takes about 20 minutes to get into the center of Franklin. Very quaint town, love the main street area. We used to live on 12South and took lots of Sunday drives out Granny White (12th) and over to Hillsboro Rd. That’s one of my favorite areas, driving from the Warner parks out though Belle Meade. I just love loving at all those estates. Oh and Carton is still on my list.

  3. Dawn said, on March 29, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    What alot of people don’t know is SCORE has backing with local banks and will be the primary force behind getting a loan, like we did. Good lead to SBA.

    WOW, I didn’t know that. What I great snippit of info. There are a lot of great resources hiding in plain sight. Thanks for stopping by, Dawn.

  4. skeeter said, on March 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    While reading this, our local Rock Quarry blasted and for a second there, I thought I was in the middle of the war! So much history in this great country of ours. If those fields and houses could talk, they would have a lot to say. Some bad but some good as well….

    I know exactly what you mean. It’s like I can superimpose historical pictures over the slave houses, rock walls with nooks for resting rifles, and so on. I think we’re pretty steeped in history for such a young nation. Thanks for stopping by, Skeeter.

  5. tina said, on March 31, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    When you read a diary it’s almost like you are walking in that person’s shoes and can see and feel the same things if you really get into it. A good book is like that and a diary is often a really good book.

    That plantation is beautiful. I’ve only been to Franklin once. It was an awesome place.

    Franklin is very charming. There are a lot of lovely plantation style homes. I love seeing those verandas on the second floor, one of the most important features to that real Southern-egance look. I know what you mean about Diaries, those first hand accounts always have so much grit.

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