Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Visit to the General Lew Wallace (Author of Ben-Hur) Study & Museum

A few weeks ago, my husband and I traveled to Crawfordsville, Indiana, my husband's hometown. Crawfordsville is in the north central part of the state and the home of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum. Wallace is the author of Ben-Hur, which was published in 1880, was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the book has never gone out-of-print. There have been four movie versions, the latest released in theaters last month. The most memorable of these films may be the one produced in 1959 with Charlton Heston in the famous chariot race. An updated version of the book was released in July, written by Carol Wallace, the great-great-granddaughter of Lew Wallace.

Wallace was born in 1927 in Brookville, Indiana, but spent most of his early years in Covington. He moved to Crawfordsville in 1853, after his marriage to Susan Elston Wallace and the birth of their son, Henry Lane. He was an attorney, author, solider in the Mexican-American War and an officer in the Civil War. He was appointed United States Minister to Turkey by President Garfield. He was a diverse man. In addition to being an author of seven books, he was a painter, and a maker of violins. He built his study to write and create between 1895 and 1899.

There is also a building nearby called the carriage house, where you begin your tour and view a short video of Wallace’s life. You will also meet the staff, a great source of information and hospitality. They will escort you to the study for a tour.

Until November there is also an exhibit of The Golden Age of Indiana Literature. Some of the authors included, in addition to Wallace, are Booth Tarkington, Theodore Dreiser and Gene Stratton-Porter, to name a few.  

I highly recommend this visit if you are in the vicinity. Here is the website so you can explore more about Lew Wallace and Ben-Hur.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

National Coloring Book Day

I received my first coloring book for adults this past Christmas. I have been swept away with the colors and the enjoyment it brings. I seem to come alive when I color.

I have been given or purchased other coloring books since Christmas, new pencils, crayons and pens in which to experiment. I have taken them to a church retreat and had a table full of other colorists join me. People relaxed, opened up and talked about themselves while we colored. I think they felt at ease because everyone was coloring and they were not the center of attention. It was great to color with others, although I have to admit I would rather color alone; I become distracted when I color with others and I am a pretty serious colorist.

I have put all my books and supplies in a bag that I keep next to the living room couch, just like those who keep their crocheting or knitting close at hand. 

I have also purchased The Inspire Bible (Tyndale House) a Bible, not just to read, but to journal and color inside. I have attended a Bible journaling/coloring workshop sponsored by Tyndale House. Check out the workshops here.

If you haven’t tried to color, why not give it a try today in observance of National Coloring Book Day.

Are you a colorist? What do you like to color?