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Don T Dawdle Lollygag Or Be Persnippity

Author : H. May Gay Roberts
ISBN : 1441536884
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The early scenes of childhood that I remember are like snippets from a film, a brightly-lit sequence appearing now and then out of the darkness, though I know the camera was always running. I was born in the depth of the Great Depression on a snowy morning in January 1934, to Chauncey Gerald and Vonnetta Gay. They lived in Mahaska County near the old Eveland Bridge across the Des Moines River, southwest of Oskaloosa, Iowa. The winter was cold and money was scarce. I joined a sister 16 and brother 8 and I obviously only remember stories my parents told of that time in my life. Banks closed their doors, businesses and factories shut down and consumer buying came to a virtual standstill. Farm prices had dropped out of sight and jobs became nonexistent. There was no money flow and if you had money that was the time to buy cheap land and livestock. My grandfather never believed in banks and as the story goes, his money was well hidden at home. He purchased 535 acres of land, bought cattle, mules and horses and hired men to farm the land along with my father. Money wasn't the only problem during this time. There was a locust invasion that came in swarms and like a hissing noisy black cloud, ate crops, gardens and leaves off trees. Farmers ran to shut livestock in the barn, closing doors tightly as animals outside could be blinded after the locust ate their eyes. There was also a drought when nothing much grew. Days that usually had a high of eighty degrees reached into the parching nineties. Weeks passed hot, lengthy, impatient weeks with the sun so intense it seemed to have faded the blue from the sky. Thunderheads would rise in the east, look over the Iowa countryside and then go somewhere else to rain. Many families packed up and left; even the birds took their flutes to damper places. Mother planted a garden and only spindly vegetables, mostly beans, cabbage and onions survived because they received all dish and bath water. All used water was poured carefully into a bucket for watering plants. Women became magicians in the kitchen, inventing new ways to keep food on the table. Every wild item found around the farm, blackberries, ground cherries, morel mushrooms, chokecherries, dandelions and lamb's quarters were gathered for canning and eating. Cows somehow provided milk despite the lack of plentiful grass. The milk became sour cream, cottage cheese, buttermilk and butter. Some form of the milk was used at every meal. Everything on the farm drank the milk. Chickens drank the soured milk and the pigs drank it served any style. There might be floating apple cores and skins, potato peelings, odd salad greens, leftover beans, bread scraps anything that goes down a garbage disposal today, it was all kept in a slop pail that sat in the kitchen. When pigs saw their food coming, there was pig pandemonium with loud squeals and standing in their trough, they banged their front hooves on the top rail of the fence. Chickens had the run of the farm and ate every bug, worm and bits of weed seeds they could scratch up. They provided a steady supply of eggs that became a daily food supply. Nubbins of stunted corn were ground into corn meal for use in mush or flour. Buying some oatmeal and white flour, our family actually ate better than most. My father tended a 60 hive Apiary of honeybees and we not only used the sweetener for baking and table use, he also sold honey commercially. There were no clothes to buy, so you made them yourself or made do with what you had. Flour was purchased in 50 lb. flowered cloth sacks and the material was used for dresses, towels, and bedding. When men's shirt collars became frayed, wives took off the collars, turned them over and sewed them back on. When the toes in men's socks became so thin they could no longer be darned, the sock was cut off and a seam sewn across the toe, the now smaller socks were passed down to boys in the family. Every house had a ragbag that was used
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Methoden Der Diskurslinguistik

Author : Ingo H. Warnke
ISBN : 3110200414
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Within linguistics, discourse linguistics has now become established as a sub-discipline dealing with supratextual meaning relations and historically and culturally based knowledge. A large number of individual studies have been presented and the theoretical discussion is well advanced. What is still lacking, however, is a soundly-based methodology, which is where this volume comes in. The contributors present and discuss various investigative procedures.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines