Here is a good starting point sharing some background on why this site now:
I also am writing/archiving a couple of different blogs below:
Each of my blog offerings has a different flavor & purpose. Special Connections was the first wordpress blog & is a potpourri of many things…Jazzman Journal is a continuation/archive of several years of blogging, formerly housed at CarePages, primarily about the multifaceted needs of my disabled son. ChristLikeKara is a similar archive of a friend’s CarePage chronicling her parallel journey to & through Liver Transplant (one of my special son’s many challenges). CaringBridge is where I currently provide the most detailed updates about my son, & to a lesser extent the rest of the family. This site is slightly more intimate, personal, & prayer focused.
Pioneer Perspectives is likely to be more “academic” in that I hope to research many of the items I share & pull together many threads to weave my own personal version of a (hopefully beautiful) historical tapestry. I plan to explore aspects of churches, schools, & communities with which I have personal knowledge & expand back in time to include those arenas that are of interest & association to the extended family clan.
Because I hope there is a degree of “therapeutic offloading” here at Pioneer Perspectives it is possible that there may be times that one wades into the weeds in various domains. It is my hope/prayer that through exploring some history, background, memories, & perceptions that a degree of closure on certain painful chapters might be obtained. It is also desirable that these postings can provide comfort & encouragement to others who may have wrestled with some of the issues that end up being addressed here.
Within the confines of this blog I am The Pioneer, & all Perspectives presented will be my own, unless otherwise attributed.
Welcome to the Perspectives of this Pioneer (lately of Cyberspace)!
God Bless & Keep You!
PS If you might be interested in more information about me & my family I have shared a lot of details & a number of pictures here:
PPS Here’s an interesting site I found about Pioneers & food (that featured my main photo used as a header for this blog):
Here is the closest I’ve run across what appears to be the “original” version of the image I’ve used as a header here at Pioneer Perspectives…
Here is the caption on that photo: “Skinned game hangs from the roof as this family of seven poses in front of their Kansas log cabin for photographer M.A. Kleckner of Osborne City; one of two photos: $3,100.” apparently this info was from Cowan’s Auctions
Above from this site:
After MUCH Looking, I may have found the original source location for the above image!!! Please check out the original auction listing below…
That site features a zoom-in cursor action so one can more closely examine this exciting image! Here is how the 2-photo lot was described there:
Kansas Homesteaders, Two Exceptional CDVs
Lot of 2 albumen CDVs, both with the verso imprint of photographer M.A. Kleckner, Osborne City, KS. One with the ink inscription Kansas Stone Dugout, showing a woman and son sitting in front of their sod-covered home, the other inked Kansas Log Cabin, showing a family of seven, the men posed with their rifles, skinned game hanging from the front of the cabin, and large squash or melon sitting on the sod roof.