Tell Me a Story

 

Drawing inferences; the ability to examine evidence and attach meaning, was the bedrock of my history classes. Believe it or not, forming conclusions from documents isn’t intuitive for everyone, and more often than not, an acquired assessment skill.

Context is huge . . . the medium, (photo, painting, film clip, political poster, diary entry, news story) allows a document to fit into a broader story. And that same critical thinking skill is what I had to use in my books, “River of January,” and “River of January: Figure Eight.”

Please examine the following images from the archive and make them fit into a narrative.

Happy Friday

 

 

 

Gail Chumbley is the author of the two-part memoir, River of January, and River of January: Figure Eight. Visit her website at www.river-of-january.com or order on Amazon.com

Christmas in Algeria, 1932

Dearest Mother,
I have read your letter and I want you to know that Miss has given us that warning already. We never go out alone. Earl Leslie and the other boys keep a close eye on us. There, that should relieve your concern.
North Africa is very strange, but I like it here. Una bought a guidebook and we have, as a group, toured Tunis and Algiers on foot. The buildings are a mix of the past here. The book calls the style “Ottoman-French. I guess that means both Middle Eastern and European.
Every morning we wake up to a public call to prayer. The people are mostly Muslim and the calls are part of their customs. I think it sounds soothing—usually the sound of the caller lulls me back to sleep. Curious, isn’t it?
The heat here is dry, and the sun blinding white. We stroll through the narrow streets (in groups) where the sun can’t reach us, making for darker, cooler shade. Nameless women veiled from head to toe pull their children along dressed all in white. It’s such an exotic world.
Silly as this sounds, I tried to buy you Christmas gifts in the market, but found nothing. You’ll have to settle for a telegram, because this is a Muslim country and they don’t celebrate Christmas. And, Mother, please have a happy Christmas.
We girls have all decided to do our own gift exchange and sing Christmas carols. We’ve hung paper chains on a palm tree in the lobby of the Algiers Hotel! The hotel managers gave us permission.
Merry Christmas Mother. I love you and Eileen very much. The young man I mentioned is not serious. His name is Elie, (Jewish, I know) and he has kindly showed us all around tourist sites.
Helen

River of January, page 165-166.

Indie writer, Gail Chumbley is the author of the memoir, River of January and River of January: Figure Eight. Available at www.river-of-january.com and on Amazon.com.

I Know What To Get Them!

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Free Shipping until November 30th, for one or both volumes–“River of January,” and “River of January: Figure Eight,” available now until the end of the month for $18.00 each. Call 208-462-2816 to place your order for one or both books with free shipping. (accepting all major credit cards–leave a message if busy)

Return again, in this true story, to an America of another era. Fly through moonlit nights, bask in the ovation of enthusiastic audiences. Soar through enemy skies in the South Pacific, and glide over glistening ice in New York’s newest and most popular theater.

“River of January” winner of the Idaho Author’s Award, 2016. 

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Gail Chumbley is the author of River of January, and River of January: Figure Eight.

Spot Check

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It hasn’t been long . . .I know. But, anyone finished “Figure Eight?” Anxiously waiting to hear first reviews.

“River of January: Figure Eight,” and Part One, “River of January” are both available at www.river-of-january.com

Also available on Amazon

 

Sierra Foxtrot Foxtrot

Day four of the Magical History Tour.

Tonight our new friends at Felt’s Field, in Spokane, Washington welcomed “River of January,” and “River of January: Figure Eight.” A big thanks to Jack Hohner and the great folks at EAA. We love our pilots.

River of January is available in hard copy and on Kindle. River of January: Figure Eight  is in hard copy..

Lovely Auntie’s

Day Two of the “Magical History Tour.”

On Wednesday “Figure Eight” glided into the McCall Library in McCall, Idaho. We had a super audience, including an old teaching pal of Gail’s.

Thursday night found us in Spokane’s Aunties Book Store. Family, old friends, and some wonderful kids from Gail’s teaching days somehow found parking and made it on time. We visit pilots from the Spokane chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association; the EAA, Saturday night.

More to come.

River of January, and River of January: Figure Eight both available on Amazon and at www.river-of-january.com

Yeah, So This Happened Tonight

River of January earns a second place nod on Awards Night.

River of January and River of January: Figure Eight both available at www.river-of-january.com at Amazon.com for River, and Amazon.com, for Figure Eight

Both available now!