Stillmeadow Sampler Reflections on the changing seasons combine with portraits of country living and the world in and around the author s rural Connecticut home

  • Title: Stillmeadow Sampler
  • Author: Gladys Taber
  • ISBN: 9780891905974
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Reflections on the changing seasons combine with portraits of country living and the world in and around the author s rural Connecticut home.

    • Stillmeadow Sampler By Gladys Taber
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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 “Stillmeadow Sampler

    1. A lovely walk through the seasons at Stillmeadow with Gladys-she writes so well of her everyday life in the country. This book belonged to my grandmother gifted to her by my aunt. Both my aunt and my mother loved Gladys and I remember them talking endlessly about Gladys, my aunt even had a red Irish setter like Holly.

    2. Mrs. Taber's worries in 1959 are, surprisingly, true for today: our need for "busy-ness", worries about the possible aggressive actions of other countries,the world's focus on change. But the charm of this book is Taber's quiet examination of the little things that make up her life at Stillmeadow Farm.

    3. The perfect thing to read before bedtime to lull you to peaceful slumber and good dreamsI can pick it up and open to any page and just sink into the world of Stillmeadow.e paints a wonderful word-picture of the farm, the trees, the flowers, the dogs, the neighbors, the old farmhouse.'s just the kind of cozy world I love to imagine myself in as in a warm and friendly place in my mindI'm so thankful to have this one as part of my own home library, and I'd like to collect more of Gladys Taber's boo [...]

    4. Way back when I read this book - I can't even remember when - it meant a lot to me. I found it very soothing and full of gentle good humor. It didn't hurt that Gladys had Cocker Spaniels and that they were a big part of her story. I loved Cocker Spaniels in those days! I'm not sure it would mean as much to me today, but I still have fond memories of it.

    5. Stillmeadow Sampler tells the readers of what it is like to live in the four seasons at Stillmeadow. Ms. Taber writes in detail about most subjects. It is so very pleasant to know how it was living in the 50's, how life has changed. Gladys truly loved the free and simple things in life. I admire her attitude about people, places and things.

    6. Its amazing that concerns of the 50's still ring true today. This book is an enjoyable trip to the country, with all the smells and sounds of country life and the chaos of dogs all around. I have 2 more Stillwater books yet to read and I can't wait to get started.

    7. This is my grandmother's favorite author. It was really boring at first then I made up my mind tnot to expect anything interesting to happen. It was nice and peceful about her everyday life and her "roommate" Jill.

    8. There are some delightful descriptions of life in New England through the various seasons. The imagery is lovely and the "poetry" of these prose sections is delightful. Not really any plot, but a wonderful picture painted with words.

    9. Such an enjoyable book! A view of country life through the four seasons. And so much more! I plan on reading this again soon!!

    10. This is such a lovely book. It gives a description of life in rural New England in 1959 and so much more. Reading Gladys Taber really lifts one's spirit!

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