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Freely available online historical resources and artifacts, such as newspaper articles, photos, cookbooks, trade journals and other items culled from daily life, mostly focused on the 1920s. Some of these are transcendent and beautiful, humorous, instructive, revealing. Others are vitriolic, violent, devastating.
By entering that not-so-long-ago time, one can find a dazzling, complex humanity reflective of the current day.
In 2008, Cathy began taking photographs and created her blog, Cartas…Letters from Home. She wrote posts that mostly focused on Santa Barbara County, past and present. Eventually, passions converged and Cathy began writing a historical mystery set in Santa Barbara County, California, in 1922.
These posts each features a bit of historical information, usually a photo, and always a link to the freely-available online source material.
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“To write truth I prepare. Measure my own self and life according to truth. See truth; admit truth. Accept it. Not truth that changes with the telling, or that can be influenced, or omits the hardest parts.
On those darkest days of my life, I rely on the place I have found within, where Truth never changes. I know with my discoveries, my little talismans left behind from prior generations – the faded tablecloth, the rusted wheel, the fallen oak tree sinking into the earth once again – I can find my way out. The people whose stories I cherish most have built something inside, too, a place where darkness will be transformed into a tool so fine, so rare, that is able to hone with such exquisite precision that I am transformed into an altogether new creation.”