The History Channel offered a capitvating documentary mini-series on the life of Ulysses S. Grantthis week. It’s still available online. We saw it advertised when watching The Last Dance and thought it would be worth checking out. I didn’t know much about Grant other than he was an important General during the Civil War and not much of a president. I’ve learned that that was an inaccurate view of a brave, intelligent man.

Grant grew up poor. His father was a tanner and both parents were staunch abolitionists. He went to West Point where he wasn’t a shining star, but he met men like Robert E. Lee and other future Civil War leaders. When he fought in the Mexican-American War, his distaste for war was solidified, but he also proved to be unique in his ability to think clearly in the heat of battle.

This documentary features several notable historians and shows the complexity of a great military strategist and a popular President who’s become forgotten through the decades. The commentary is interspersed with excellent reenactments.

Part of the reason for Grant’s tarnished reputation is that in the 1960s, Southern historians published profusely and changed the narrative reshaping Grant’s life so that he came across as a drinker who became a corrupt President.

From this documentary you learn the complexity of Ulysses S. Grant. He was an abolitionist whose father-in-law bought him a slave, a slave that he soon freed. At the time Grant was poor and couldn’t support his family, but believed in equality and though he could have made a lot of money by selling rather than freeing this man, chose to free him. Yes, Grant drank, but he also knew that was a weakness and dealt with it. He’s a man who knew failure and poverty, but overcame them. He was an honest man, a military genius, and popular President who sought to bring a divided country together.

Grant is a gripping documentary from start to finish.


A Shower of Rose Petals for Pentecost

Pentecost 2019

On Pentecost St. John Cantius Church follows an ancient tradition of dropping red rose petals from above on to the congregation. I’ve never seen that done before. It’s a shame I can only watch it on YouTube tomorrow.

Pentecost roses c

Sculpture Saturday




Saturday Sculpture is hosted by the Mind over Memory blogger, I’ve chosen a piece I saw at the British Museum.

To join in, what you need to do is:

  • Share a photo of a sculpture
  • Link to Mind over Memory’s post for Saturday Sculpture.

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try. To see more sculptures, click here. Then you’ll get to the page where everyone links their posts.

Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday 522  30 May 2020

This week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers find photos with a gardening theme. I’m not a gardener and can’t think of any one in my family who has been.

Yet I admire gardeners and love visiting gardens. I can’t wait till the Chicago Botanic Garden reopens. Here’s what I found to share.

To see more Sepia Saturday posts, click here for the hub.

gardens monte carloc

Source: SMU Digital Library, Flickr Commons

Gardens, Monte Carlo, 1922


OSU Grden 1910

Source: OSU on Flickr Commons

Garden, 1910


rose garden 1953

Source: State Library of Queensland

Rose Garden, 1953