The Stillmeadow Road Observations and descriptions of the beauties and pleasures of a leisurely life at the author s old th century Connecticut farm house

  • Title: The Stillmeadow Road
  • Author: Gladys Taber
  • ISBN: 9780848807252
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Observations and descriptions of the beauties and pleasures of a leisurely life at the author s old 17th century Connecticut farm house.

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    About “Gladys Taber

    1. Gladys Taber says:

      A prolific author whose output includes plays, essays, memoirs and fiction, Gladys Taber 1899 1980 is perhaps best recalled for a series of books and columns about her life at Stillmeadow, a 17th century farmhouse in Southbury, Connecticut.Born Gladys Bagg on April 12, 1899 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she was the middle child and only one to survive to adulthood Her parents were Rufus Mather Bagg, who could trace his ancestry back to Cotton Mather, and the former Grace Sibyl Raybold An older sister, Majel, had died at the age of six months while a younger brother Walter died at 15 months During her childhood, she moved frequently as her father accepted various teaching posts until they finally settled in Appleton, Wisconsin Gladys graduated from Appleton High School and enrolled at Wellesley College, receiving her bachelor s degree in 1920 She returned to her hometown and earned a master s in 1921 from Lawrence College, where her father was on faculty The following year, she married Frank Albion Taber, Jr giving birth to their daughter on July 7, 1923.Mrs Taber taught English at Lawrence College, Randolph Macon Women s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and at Columbia University, where she did postgraduate studies She began her literary career with a play, Lady of the Moon Penn , in 1928, and followed with a book of verse, Lyonesse Bozart in 1929 Taber won attention for her first humorous novel, Late Climbs the Sun Coward, 1934 She went on to write several other novels and short story collections, including Tomorrow May Be Fair Coward, 1935 , A Star to Steer By Macrae, 1938 and This Is for Always Macrae, 1938 In the late 1930s, Taber joined the staff of the Ladies Home Journal and began to contribute the column Diary of Domesticity By this time, she had separated from her husband and was living at Stillmeadow, a farmhouse built in 1690 in Southbury, Connecticut, sharing the house with Eleanor Sanford Mayer, a childhood friend who was often mistakenly identified as her sister Beginning with Harvest at Stillmeadow Little, Brown, 1940 , Taber wrote a series of books about her simple life in New England that possessed homespun wisdom dolled out with earthy humor and an appreciation for the small things She published than 20 books related to Stillmeadow, including several cookbooks.In 1959, she moved from Ladies Home Journal to Family Circle, contributing the Butternut Wisdom column until her retirement in 1967 In 1960, her companion, Eleanor, died and Taber decided to abandon life at Stillmeadow Having spent some summers on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, she decided to relocate to the town of Orleans where she would live out the remainder of her days While a resident of Orleans, Taber contributed Still Cove Sketches to the Cape Cod Oracle Her final book, published posthumously, was Still Cove Journal Lippincott, 1981.Gladys Taber had divorced her husband in 1946 and he later passed away in October 1964 She died on March 11, 1980 in Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Massachusetts at the age of 80.



    2 thoughts on “The Stillmeadow Road

    1. This book is very like a conversation with an old friend, shared tidbits from life and daily things that somehow turn out not to be so mundane, but are instead interesting and somehow important in that they are part of what shapes us. The writing is conversational, homey & comforting, down-to-earth and yet so very lovely.

    2. Gladys Taber wrote in the mid-twentieth century about country life in New England. Her books are as comforting as hot chocolate by a warm fire. Who doesn't need that right now?

    3. I admit willingly that I am a huge Gladys Taber fan. She lived the life she wrote of and had legions of fans throughout America during her days writing articles for ladies magazines. What a lovely simple life that I wish I could duplicate

    4. This is the story of how Gladys and friend "Jill" found and were able to buy their "home place", Stillmeadow Farm. The "history" is fanciful, completely ignoring the husbands with whom they bought the property. I assumed that perhaps both women's husbands had been killed in WWII, since the timeline for buying Stillmeadow occurred not long after that war ended. This was not the case, as I discovered after a little online research. Taber and her husband divorced in 1956, for example.Aside from not [...]

    5. Second time reading this book, because I remembered liking it several years ago but not why. I think it's best picked up now and again to read small portions, rather than straight through. It's very slow and is organized only as a collection of musings based on each month of any given year, but it is the perfect book when you want to vicariously escape to the quiet countryside. She talks about rural community, delicious recipes, her dogs and occasionally cats, the weather, and many things associ [...]

    6. If you love anyone of these author's books, you will then love them all. This style of writing is probably not for everyone. However, I love the simplicity of it. She takes the simple things in life and makes them charming. She has a lot of her own opinions about life and includes some politics. However, that is not what her books are centered around. I mostly love her view of the 4 seasons.

    7. Like eating comfort food on a cold, snowy dayI have most of Gladys Taber's books on my bookshelf and just like an old friend, I can pick one up and go right to where the conversation ended! I love that you can read about the current season, or if you need a "taste" of another she takes you right there. We visited New England and because of Gladys, I felt I belonged!

    8. I loved her way of taking the reader back to a time when life had a very different pace. The feeling I got from reading this book was one of peace and yearning - a strong desire to be in that place and time. I wanted to know more about her life and the life she shared with her friend.

    9. Meditative diary-style book about living in the New England countryside around 1950 or so. Author lovingly describes day to day events, friends, and dogs, weaving in reflections on how to handle life. I found it rather soothing despite the large amount of space devoted to cocker spaniels.

    10. I have read Taber's other books and, while they all explore the same topic, each book manages to be different and a satisfying read.

    11. I made it about half way. Her musings on country life in the 50s are mildly interesting, but I kept losing the book, so I decided to go for more excitement.

    12. I love books about living on a farm, but this one was too disjointed to follow. Each paragraph seems to take place at a different time, and I guess I'm just too linear to get into that.

    13. I want to live at Stillmeadow! Lovely reflections on life in the country. I love Gladys Taber and her writing

    14. I love Gladys Taber and her descriptive thoughts about life at Stillmeadow! I need to read more!

    15. Reading Gladys Taber is like reading a newsy, interesting letter from an old friend over a good cup of coffee!Love her!

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