Laura, Catherine, Louisa, and Me

Recently, a poll on Twitter asked which book first inspired in you a love for reading. I thought immediately of Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This and other childhood books were my friends, their words my teachers, and their settings my travels. Even today, I see the connections between these books and my … Continue reading Laura, Catherine, Louisa, and Me

Writers and the Month of July

This week, I heard several different people moaning about the end of summer, even though it is just now July 21. I wanted to proclaim, "There are nearly two months left of summer! Don't wish them away!"  Then, today, because our patio umbrella was ruined in a storm, we were trying to find a replacement. The manager of the … Continue reading Writers and the Month of July

Gene Tierney and Summer Reading

This summer, I've been reading biographies of Hollywood stars from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. I began with the autobiography of Gene Tierney entitled Self Portrait. She was considered by some to be the most beautiful woman of her time: Navigating the early years of studios and productions in Hollywood, Tierney seemed to truly enjoy acting, but … Continue reading Gene Tierney and Summer Reading

Kitchen-Klatter, Scones, and Vintage Recipes

Vintage recipes and recipe books create some nostalgia thing within me. I envision myself in my Grandma McKinney's kitchen, with her milk glass mixing bowls and wooden spoons (used on occasion for spanking a certain mischievous granddaughter), creating a meal from scratch in those days before internet searches, round-the-clock TV cooking shows, and magazines devoted to food. Of … Continue reading Kitchen-Klatter, Scones, and Vintage Recipes

Gravel Roads and Brush Arbor

Think about the many different types of roads. There are neighborhood streets and busy interstates. Footpaths in the grass. Dirt roads. Two-lane highways. Long, winding driveways. Mountainous roads. Roads that lead somewhere. Dead ends. Lake access roads. The book I want to discuss today is not available to read because there are only a handful … Continue reading Gravel Roads and Brush Arbor

Welcome! The Best Book I Have Read This Year…

The vintageinkstand is a personal blog merging two of my biggest passions--reading and all things historical and vintage. From biographies to handwritten recipes to household hints of the early 1900s, from diaries to journals to my great-grandmother's letters, I hope to share my latest findings, oldest dear friends (and my books are friends), interesting blurbs, and reviews of … Continue reading Welcome! The Best Book I Have Read This Year…