While waiting for the dryer to get done for the last load this weekend, I found myself back at the Digital Art Site, and playing with some of my photographs of birds!! Go Figure. This time I clicked on 'filters' from the option menu, and then chose my preference of the HD values given. I ended up doing five. The original images are infused in the corner-- --
Red Necked Duck and Roseate Spoonbill
Cooper's Hawk and Snowy Egret
...after dubbing a few minutes with the site and using the one filter & different preferences, I left to sit down and read a bit. I'm reading a very interesting history book. Well, a book ON history and the myths behind the liaison between two 'prominent' figures in America. One, of course, well known, the other very elusive and controversial . The history of a rumored affair with Sally Hemings and President Thomas Jefferson. Reading through the first 100 pages or so, I oftentimes felt like throwing the book at the wall....or maybe toss it in the fireplace. The author was so intent on defaming other known scholars who have written on the subject of the "love affair". In all my other previous readings ... all I have heard, and read, on the subject as truths!! This man [the author] contradicts everything I wanted to believe. A bunch of hogwash. Yet, after putting down the book at night, I laid in bed thinking about his words. "Maybe there is something to be said about what he is conveying." Again, yes...there is DNA evidence that at least ONE of Ms. Hemings many children has Jefferson blood. But...now I question..."Was it THOMAS Jefferson? Or some relation from his plantation/family?" Mr. Holowchak continues throughout to delve into the bloodline and undocumented facts. The book itself is becoming an obsession for me now!! He turns the unproven facts of other authors and scholars into questions of doubt and more than likely a way to "Frame" this man of history....this legend. Is the title a play on words? Is he trying to convey some subliminal subject? Are other authors framing us into believing something that doesn't even exist? Framing a Legend? Just what does it all mean? So many questions: On page 90 [of the hardback book I have] it is quoted by another known scholar:
- "...Sally Hemings' story was a way of establishing black people's birthright to America. If you look at the flip side of it, rejecting the story is a part of the rejection of black people's birthright and claims to America."
The book's author then proceeds to continue and branding this quote as 'troublesome'. Reed [the scholar] also wrote an essay on the subject of the elusive Sally Hemings
- "The rejection of the Sally Hemings' story can be seen as a denial of black ties to the founding of the nation...."
I then began to agree with Mr. Holowchak...these claims and ideals are nothing but empty thoughts. I and Bud have argued over and over about history books. He's a 'believer'...I've always been skeptical about the facts being fiction. Now, reading this book and finally seeing my own reference of thought; the actual FACTS written and recorded are nothing but hearsay....one man's [or woman's] opinions. This book, tho I have always wanted to have a sultry, scandalous love affair between the two to be true, my own previous thoughts of historical scuttlebutt shows it's ugly face. Even being there and recording an event in history can become jumbled through the eyes of witnesses and different stories evolve....none of which are WHOLE truths. Below I will add a link to a controversial interview from Madison Hemings....supposedly Thomas Jefferson's mulatto son....
Madison Hemings Interview - a PDF file