By Haven Kimmel
Whilst Haven Kimmel was once born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, used to be a sleepy little hamlet of 3 hundred humans. Nicknamed "Zippy" for a way she could bolt round the apartment, this small lady was once possessed of huge eyes or even higher ears. during this witty and lovingly informed memoir, Kimmel takes readers again to a time whilst small-town the USA used to be stuck within the amber of the blameless postwar period--people helped their acquaintances, went to church on Sunday, and stored barnyard animals of their backyards.
Laced with fantastic storytelling, sharp wit, dead-on observations, and moments of sheer pleasure, Haven Kimmel's straight-shooting portrait of her formative years provides us a heroine who's splendidly candy and sly as she navigates the quirky grownup global that surrounds Zippy.
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We also had a chance to discuss politics, and I learnt a great deal about the Balkan States. " Organized fighting, which today would be called terrorism, or freedom fighting, depending which side one supports, was widespread and condoned by the general public. One example of such hostility was the particularly volatile relationship between the Hungarians and the Serbs. The root of all these conflicts could always be put down to a common denominator: a minority group, who was oppressed by the majority.
When we arrived at the station the train was already pulling away, but when the engineer spotted the King's coat of arms on the car, he stopped the train immediately, and got out of his cabin to escort me to the firstclass luxury compartment, usually reserved for the King. All the passengers looked out of their windows to see who this "dignitary" was. I noticed that some of their looks were unfriendly and hostile, which I later understood could be put down to the deep political tensions dividing the country.
Shortly afterwards, we received a personal invitation from the Czar to visit his country and a permit to travel free-of-charge and first-class on the trains there. We gladly accepted this invitation, especially since Boris Nikoloff assured us that his father would make sure that we had everything we needed. Two architects from the Technical University, who were interested in studying the architecture of the old Bulgarian wooden houses, also decided to join us on the excursion. On sending a copy of the King's letter to the head office of the Danube Steam-Ship Company, we received free tickets from Passau in Student Yealj 35 Germany to Lorn in Bulgaria.