Thank You, Durham

My friend Ruby is on her way down to drive back to New York with me and the cats. ON SUNDAY.

Before I go I want to thank everyone who made my time here so great. (Although I will think of a more fun thank you when I get back to New York.)

First, here are the people at The Special Collections Library at Duke. I spent the most time with them (six days a week!!). I’m going to sound like every other “thank you,” but I swear they really were incredible. There wasn’t anything they wouldn’t do to help, they were fun, they made suggestions about other collections that might help with my research — they even fed me and took me to buy kitty litter for the boys.

Thank you all!

You’ve all been great and fun to work with, and I will miss everyone. I don’t think there’s a single thing you could have done to make my visit better.

Linda McCurdy, Eleanor Mills and Janie Morris from the left.


Linda McCurdy, Eleanor Mills and Janie Morris from the right.


Elizabeth Dunn (amazing cook).


Linda McCurdy (action shot).


Zach Elder (action shot).


I also want to bring back this picture of Zach, which I think captures the real Zach Elder.


Lynn Eaton.


Laura Micham.


And this is me, sitting where I’ve been sitting six days a week, from 9 to 6, for almost two and a half months, going through one of my last boxes.


I completely forgot to bring a camera with me to the Rhine Research Center, now run by J. B. Rhine’s daughter, Dr. Sally Rhine Feather, who also fed me and opened doors for me, lent me books, and otherwise has been as gracious as can be. Lots of people helped me there too, including Dr. Jim Carpenter, Ben Perry (who has been lugging around old film projectors I can barely lift so I can hopefully one day get to see films of the people I will never meet but must bring to life) Deana Cloverfox, Joyce Daniel, Barbara Ensrud (who also fed me and took me shopping!) and Temple Richmond (who did my chart and told me all sorts of things to look forward to). Sally also personally drove me to meet and interview the fabulous Betty MacMahan, who is one of the scientists I will be writing about.

There must be people I’m forgetting. Forgive me. I’ll make it up to you if I have.

Oh! If you’re ever in Durham and need to be here for a while, The Extended Stay Hotel has the best deal, including a daily shuttle that will take you back and forth to Duke, and fabulous drivers: William, Omar, Chris, Danny and Ed. You also get a free membership to Beyond Fitness right down the road, and, if you use this you should definitely sign up for a personal trainer (not free, but very reasonable) and if you do that, ask for Iris Ferrell. In addition to being a good trainer, she’s just a lot of fun. She’ll make you crack up while you’re trying to remember to breath!

Goodbye, everyone. Thank you for taking such good care of me and Buddy and Finnegan.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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  1. SOOOOO! What WAS your chart? I’m a Gemini 11 degrees, Sagittarius Moon 20 degrees, 2 degree Capricorn rising, Mercury in Gemini 5 degrees Venus and Uranus conjunct at 19-21 degrees, Taurus, Jupiter 5 Aries, Saturn 29 Aries, Pluto 29 Cancer, Neptune elevated at 22 Virgo and Mars in the first at 2 Aquarius. I’ve done charts for years and I have to Solar Fire Program, from Australia. 6-2-39, 8:40 pm, Raton, New Mexico. Did you think I was sooooo old!? Helen

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