That's me, with the hat, below. I don't remember what the cat's name was. My Grandpop, who is the basis for one of the characters in the novel I'm presenting here, used to tease me, calling me "Inge Annie, Pee Pee Pantee." My furious little face would scowl at him from under my straw hat. Then he'd do his silly dance to make me laugh. I fixed him. I put him in a novel.
The novel begins in 1789, with a perfectly normal young Jacob Whalen. You'll see him cause a curse to fall on his descendants. The novel is called Terrapin Cove, a Curse of Wood.
It's for sale on Amazon.com, kindle or paperack. It's not expensive, a little over $9.00. A Chesapeake Bay curse is a good weekend read.
Over on the right, you'll see the chapters of the novel listed. If you click on "The Gust Camp," I've given there a sample of the chapter where the curse happens. What you read there might entice you to order the book to see what leads up to it and what happens after it.
To see if you like my style of writing, I'm adding some memories of teaching. At the end of the things I write, I'll give my email address, so that if you read Terrapin Cove you'll be able to comment. Unless you're one of the people who find the deliberate "mistake" I put in the novel, I won't respond, though. But I'll read your comments with interest. The historical item that might raise an eyebrow (even though this novel is fiction, of course ) occurs in the chapter "Major General Robert Ross."
When you click on the chapter headings over on the right, you'll find my recollections of school teachin' days. Just click from one to the next; they'll be dated, and I'll keep adding to them till I run out of space and memories. Then I'll add the way to contact me with comments.