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2008 Year in Review: First Sentences

The first sentence from the first post of the first day of each month of this year.  Exciting, eh?

January:  “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) tells a familiar story.”

February:  “It’s early morning on Sunday 1 February 1998 and mist shrouds Galway as I board a bus to Rossaveal.”

March:  “On the first of March 1998, I made a rail journey across London to the borough of Greenwich.”

April:  “Here’s a bunch of short movie reviews, notes for my memory at least.”

May:  “Nobel Prize Laureate Heinrich Böll’s novel Billiards at Half-Past Nine represents Germany for Around the World for a Good Book.”

June:  “On Sunday, the Forest Hills Educational Trust and Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston presented a family concert in the lovely Forsyth Chapel called Tunes, Tales & Tricksters.”

July:  “Boston By Foot offers a special walking tour during Harborfest called Son of Boston: A Salute to Ben Franklin.”

August:  “New York: A Documentary Film is an 8-part film made by Ric Burns that debuted on PBS in 1999 (except for episode 8, which is from 2003).”

September:   “I arrived early for a tour in Ashmont and with nothing better to do, I got my geek on and rode the Mattapan-Ashmont High Speed Trolley Line.”

October:   “Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948) begins with a pre-teen boy arriving to move in with the father he never knew, hoping to avoid going to military school. ”

November:   “Last year when I went through a liturgical year with posts on my favorite saints, inspired by Fr. James Martin’s book My Life With the Saints, I failed to make a post for All Saints Day.”

December:   “I read Freeman Walker (2008) by David Allan Cates on the tails of completing The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, both of which feature young men in slavery in extraordinary situations, but their tales diverge rapidly from that similarity.”

Previously: 2007 Year in Review: First Sentences

History Blogs

One of my goals for my second year of blogging is to use this technology for learning, sharing, and writing about history.  I recently learned from an article in the History New Network about the Cliopatria Awards.  For the past three years, these awards have been given to recognize excellence in various aspects of history blogging.

I’ve gone through the list and decided to add the following blogs to my feedreader:

Another unique history blog I learned about via Found History, and is called Ten Years Ago.  Every day it features an historic event that happened on that date illustrated by hand in a moleskin day planner.  That’s just too clever to ignore.

Hopefully, reading these blogs will help inform the history initiative of Panorama of the Mountains.  And if not, I’ve given you some good alternate reading suggestions.


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