In Difficult Times

We all try to look at positive announcements and news. It it extremely challenging with COVID and political issues and it’s not just the United States.This year has proven hard for many friends around the world. Just when I started to feel sorry for myself, I received a copy of a letter Caroline wrote to her aunt over 100 years ago.

The date of this letter is uncanny! October 1918 Flu Pandemic
Thank you to Roger and Carol Stoughton for sending this important image on to me.The Mytinger, Hammaker and Zimmerman families have a wonderful history and are very busy putting their ancestry and stories together for the next generation.
Since the last newsletter, I have been privileged to engage with Michael J. Reinhart, Producer of Whiskey and a Map Podcast and Adventure Travel PhotoJournalist.

Of course where and what would I speak about? Papua New Guinea and Caroline Mytinger. You can listen to the podcast HERE. The discussion is also available on iTunes. Of course, I had a glass of wine in my hands instead of whiskey.

In addition to a little talk, I’ve become better acquainted with a fellow member of the Society of Woman Geographers. Jayne Zanglein developed a project to highlight forgotten women of exploration and I love the title: The Girl Explorers Fighting Discrimination Then and Now. Scheduled for “National Kick Butt Day” and all the women explorers Jayne focused on were just that!!! Just follow the link above to read her blog about my project to celebrate Caroline and Margaret, who were forgotten after their “kick butt” exploration to Melanesia in the 1920s.

“Taupaurapi” circa 1928 by Caroline Mytinger
For the next several weeks, I’ll be spending time on some new information. Just a teaser and will tell you more after I’ve had a chance to photograph, organize and read all in a special package received in mid-October. This is so exciting for me that at least I will be able to divert my attention to the contents!!!

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