By May Sarton
May Sarton’s sincere and engrossing magazine of her 70th 12 months, spent residing and dealing at the Maine coast
may possibly Sarton’s journals are a charming examine a wealthy inventive lifestyles. during this, her ode to getting older, she savors the day-by-day pleasures of tending to her backyard, taking good care of her canine, and exciting site visitors at her cherished Maine domestic through the ocean. Her memories are uncooked, and her observations are infused with the poetic candor for which Sarton—over the process her decades-long career—became known.
An enlightening glimpse right into a time—the early 1980s—and an age, At Seventy is immediately particular and common, supplying a special window into septuagenarian existence that readers of all generations will take pleasure in. now and then mournful and at others hopeful, it is a appealing memoir of the yr within which Sarton, in retrospect on all of it, may perhaps proclaim, “I am extra myself than i've got ever been.”
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He exercised daily in all weathers and ate and drank very sparingly. He never weighed much over one hundred and ten pounds. He could be seen striding vigorously about the streets swinging a large boulder in each hand. If he passed a tree with a stout branch within reach he would stop, lay down the boulders, and chin himself a number of times on the branch. On a cold December day in the year 1904, in his eighty-third year, he left his home for his usual walk. He apparently became confused and lost his way.
And his wife, Katarina Blank; Henry Schnull and his wife, Matilde Schramm; Peter Lieber and his wife, Sophia St. André; Karl Barus and his wife, Alice Möllman. They were preceded only by four of his sixteen great-great-grandparents, who were Jacob Schramm and his wife, Julia Junghans; and Johann Blank and his wife, Anna Maria Oger. The remaining twelve and their forebears are mostly unknown. They never left Germany. Their bones still repose there in anonymity. “But all of the eight ancestors who did settle here were better educated and of higher social rank than the mine-run of immigrants.
He was found several miles from his home lying by the side of a road—quite dead. ” • • • Almost all of my ancestors delivered themselves directly from Europe to Indianapolis, except for Peter Lieber and Sophia de St. André, who had the general store in New Ulm, Minnesota. When Peter returned from the Civil War with a crippled leg, he was full of stories about how Indianapolis was booming. New Ulm was dead by comparison. So Peter, according to Uncle John, wangled an appointment as one of the secretaries to Oliver P.