We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
During the 1700s and 1800s the Brits scoured the planet to find cool places to visit (or to make money). Amelia Edwards was one of them, and she wrote about it. It was the era when, if you saw a couple of ladies riding side-saddle in the desert or the mountains, the natives would think "They must be English."
British writer and Egyptologist AMELIA EDWARDS (1831-1892) was a published writer by age seven. Among her books most beloved by readers past and present are the novels Barbara's History (1864) and Lord Brackenbury (1880), and the travelogue A Thousand Miles Up the Nile (1877).
American author Barbara Mertz, who has a PH.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago and who writes under the noms de plumes of Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, has in part based her heroine, Amelia Peabody, on Amelia Edwards. Amelia Peabody, or 'Peabody' as her husband Emerson affectionately calls her, is the heroine of a series of novels about 'digs' in Egypt around the turn of the 19th century -- fun thrillers with totally accurate insights into the archeological and political life of that time. If any of you have girl children [or even girl adults who like mysteries] this whole series is a delight -- keepers, all of them, to be read and reread when one wants a relief from the all-too-Gothic realities of today's politics, which include such strange and horrifying creatures as the Squeaker of the House and her excesses.
As a lover of mysteries, especially older ones, I had to immediately search for Amelia Edward's books.
(Thanks for the introduction to Elizabeth Peters too, Maryanne).
Another favorite author of mine is Ralph McInerney, and I was sorry to hear that he just died at age 81. I have his "formula" for writing a good story taped to the inside of my desk door.