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Pioneer Park Aviary
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2016-07-23
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46.06ºN 118.32ºW
Temperatures reached near and at the century mark the past two days, 100º/39º. Today temperatures may reach 106ºF /41º today. at 08.00 temperatures are 75º & rising quickly. Clear sky.
Shade cloth and covering the concrete mass at the front of the house have removed the blast of heat when opening the door day & night.
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2016-06-06
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This is the oldest book of our early US colonial period I've had Print-0n-Demand & read through. It was reset in the late 19th century. Samuel Smith, Treasurer of New Jersey, wrote of gaols /jails. This was re-set to an annoying: goals—throughout.

It contains The Remonstrance of Lord Cornbury, 1707. A complaint of the governance of those times. I've not found The Remonstrance in any other book. Familiar complaints nearly 70 years later. Within:
"And we cannot but be uneasy, when we find by these new methods of government, our liberties and properties so much shaken, that no man can say he is master of either, but holds as tenant by courtesy and at will, and may be stripped of them at pleasure. Liberty is too valuable a thing to easily parted with, and when such mean inducements procure such violent endeavors to tear it from us, we must take leave to say, they have neither heads, hearts, nor souls, that are not moved by the miseries of their country, and are not forward with their utmost power, lawfully to redress them."

When the house had retired, (Lord) Cornbury, with some emotion, told those with him, that (Speaker) Jennings had impudence enough to face the devil. Chapter XV, p. 295 [1707]
"Tell us the title by what right or law are we thus used ; that may a little mitigate our pain?—Your answer hitherto hath been this, That it was a conquered country ; and that the king, being the conqueror, he has powers to make laws, raise money, &c. and that this power jure regale, the king hath vested in the duke, and by that right and sovereignty, the duke demands that custom we complain of.." 'But suppose the king were an absolute conqueror in the case depending, doth his power extend equally over his own English people, as over the conquered?"
 Chapter VII, p. 119 [1680]
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Above average temperatures. 
April photos. Balloon, park walks, Pacheco's pig is never there, house fire, patio, hail storm, curved eaves, diffused light, old brush
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2016-04-22
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I've collected many photo files of gravestones of my ancestors. They've plenty other descendants, too. Dague, Vigneron, Bornstein, Houssman, Hoke
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2016-04-20
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My family visited the fair that day & the storm arrived with little warning. We had had lunch in the Space Needle hours earlier. The wind was strong enough that the elevator cables would pull the cars up—then as a gust fell away the cars would drop a few feet to a sudden stop. There was lots of screaming.. The largest crowd I've seen in complete panic surging to the exits—as dangerous as the storm itself..
We drove to Bellingham a day or two following the storm & devastation was widespread. My dad remarked, I remember, that it reminded him of the Battle of Luzon. I was then a small child & while I had heard my dad's WWII stories he had never before mentioned battle or combat. I would read years later that a typhoon struck soon after the landing at Luzon.
It was the greatest storm in my life. As memorable as hearing Mt. St. Helens explode (250 miles distant) & its ashfall aftermath; the Touchet River Flood of 1996.  I've always slept through (small) earthquakes. 
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Spring temps have jumped quickly into summer ranges. Today is to reach 80º with more next week.
The previous two years, 2014 & 2015, the lilacs were heavy with blooms. This year many lilacs have far fewer & many are very small. Yard projects in the neighborhood, plastic Flamingo reserve. &c
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Temperatures today will reach into the low 70ºs F. It's been clear all week. The aviary pond is filled. Mowed yard several times. Container gardening. 
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History of Long Island settlement, Dutch & English.
Grandma Dodge’s papers & letters. Adam & Annie Mott correspondence. Mott family genealogy. Their daughter-in-Law, Lucretia Coffin. History of whaling & Nantucket Island settlement. Coffin family genealogy. 

This book includes papers of Record as well as private correspondence of individuals & related families. It is of significant importance of historical, genealogical & religious traditions of early family histories of related Long Island families, Quakers, genealogy of Elias Hicks, Quaker Preacher, & Hicks family/cousins. An enormous number of individuals read this for strands of their own early colonial families. 

I'd recommend as collateral reading for: American Genealogy, Holgate, 1851, Records of the Towns of North & South Hempstead, 2 Vols. 1896, Benj. D. Hicks, editor, New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Volumes, 1870s & 1880s, Thompson’s History of Long Island, N.Y. Benj. F. Thompson, 1839, & many other collateral historical, surname & New York regional, genealogical books of the late 19th & early 20th centuries.. 
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