Include Nipmuc Indians in your Summer Reading from Local Author Linda Hourihan


Growing up in the town of Mendon, Massachusetts on the shores of Lake Nipmuc, a town steeped in rich history of Nipmuc Indians, I necessarily wrote a fiction book including Nipmuc Indians, based on accurate history. This book should not to be missed on summer reading lists. People all ages have enjoyed this time travel back into yesteryear, where Grammy Rose along with her two daughters and four grandchildren get split up in Old Sturbridge Village during the Christmas by Candlelight Gingerbread House making contest.

How many people know that the Algonquin bands of Indians in this area were called Nipmuc Indians? Their territory was known as Nipnet, which extended as far north as Vermont and New Hampshire borders, and south into Rhode Island and northeast Connecticut.

Half of Grammy Rose’s family discovers the history of the Underground Railroad that was also alive and well in 1830’s in the Sturbridge, Worcester and Northampton, Massachusetts area. The grandchildren learn how the Religious Society of Friends Quaker Meeting Houses took the lead in promoting human equality, human rights, and even women’s rights in their critical work in the Underground Railroad.

Harriet Tubman’s famous role is highlighted in this book. Harriet Beecher Stowe was also so moved by the prejudice and unfair treatment of other human beings, that she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Both characters play a role in reviving history, which should not be forgotten. Without conscious awareness of history and its prejudices, history is bound to repeat itself.

Antediluvian history is also addressed in this fiction work addressing issues that continue to affect us today. Travel back in time through the use of age-old keys in antique books found in a secret, hidden library in Old Sturbridge Village, to meet Noah, his family and misadventures with the infamous Nephilim.

See how the sons of Noah populate the earth through the famous world empires in an interesting tale of possibility, shedding new light on old subjects.

The history of Christmas, how Christmas really came to be, and how it evolved with today’s traditions is finally revealed. Grammy Rose’s thirteen years old granddaughter, Brie, gets to babysit baby Jesus via the time travel keys, as well as get to meet the Magi. This is a wonderful, educational book that should be on everyone’s summer reading list.

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NATURE DOES NOT HURRY, YET EVERYTHING IS ACCOMPLISHED ~ LAO TZU


Do you ever find yourself rushing around until life’s no fun? Is your to-do-list longer than the distance from here to the moon? Will you turn into a purple pumpkin if you do not get it all

You are part of nature. Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Soak in the peace and relaxation.

done? How is your blood pressure? Having any physical side effects to stress yet? Is your speech coming out faster than a sonic jet? Texting, eating, drinking, on the cell phone while driving, see the problem? Are you addicted to activity? Where’s the balance?

Breathe.

You are in control of you, not your schedule.

You are in control of you, not other people.

You are in control of you, not the situation.

If the merry-go-round of life is going too fast for you, stop and simplify. Find your balance point. It is literally a matter of life and death. The fastest way to age is to live a life of prolonged, severe stress. Stress brings on major, serious illness and death.

Everyone can push extra hard in life, for a short while, to help someone out, to rise to the occasion, or if the job demands a short but strenuous burst of energy from you. Your employer does not own the rights to your life. You do.

No one can sustain prolonged stress. The body breaks down. Your emotional self breaks down. It is not what nature intended for you on the day you were born. At first you may not associate various ailments and symptoms as stress related. Stress is not a natural state for us. Stress is not good for us, no matter how used to it we are.

How do we break out of this extremely addictive, self-destructive habit of racing through life like a chicken with its head cut off? Like changing any other habit, it is going to take 21 days to try on new habits of relaxation techniques, slow breathing exercises, body stretching, aerobic activity, walking, jogging, bike riding or swimming. You know what works for you. Give yourself breaks, that is life saving.

Take a moment to watch how nature works. Roses do not rush to bloom. They take their time. They open and unfold slowly, all in good time. Savor each moment in this life. You are here for a reason. If you fly through your life too fast, you will miss so much. We all have 24 hours in a day. How you spend it really is up to you.

It is a mistake to give everything on your agenda the same emergency intensity, as if completing each task is equivalent to putting out a fire. You are a human being, not a machine. We all know this. It is good to be reminded from time to time, not to take ourself so seriously. When you’re stressed, the first thing to go is your sense of humor. That’s a clue.

Lao Tzu once said,  “Nature Does Not Hurry, Yet Everything Is Accomplished.”

I Am Back


My profile picture is a rose, symbolizing that we should all bloom where we are planted. I am planted in the garden of words of knowledge and inspiration, history and truth, quest and discovery. My latest book, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, has uncovered the deepest mysteries of modern time, mysteries that were planted at the start of time. The theme in this book is: There is one race, the human race. It unveils the secrets of Christmas, Santa Claus, the Magi, Jesus and how Noah’s sons repopulate the world through the empires. In the process you meet Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Harriet Tubman, and learn that former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama are eighth cousins, both with traces of English royalty through William the Conqueror and Charlemagne in their bloodlines. This book uses real history, ancient and pre-history in this dramatic, plausible fiction/fantasy/religious novel. It took me over a year to research and a lifetime to experience. It is available both as an eBook and soft cover from iUniverse.com.

White Supremacy and Slavery vs Abolitionism and Freedom of Slaves in the USA is Featured in MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS


White Supremacy fueled the start of the Civil War in the United States of America. The human ideal of the Union States of the North that people did not own people, won the war with the Confederate States of the rebel South who had years of slave holding heritage. During these years, the Underground Railroad was alive and well in the greater Sturbridge, Worcester, Northampton, area.

The Underground Railroad began in 1780. By the time reflected in the living museum at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 1830’s, the safe houses, called stations, were well traveled by Harriet Tubman and her soon to be freed former slaves.

Although slavery was not legal in the northern states, if a southern slave owner came looking for his runaway slaves, there was a penalty for people of the North who helped the fugitive slaves escape, since slavery was legal in the south.

Meet Harriet Tubman who led the way for over 300 former slaves; and Harriet Beecher Stowe who was so upset by the idea that people owned people and treated them unfairly, that she wrote about “Eliza,” based on a slave girl she had met.

Read about former Presidents Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Van Buren, the Battle of 1812, and the Seminole Indian Tribe at the time in Spanish Florida.

Meet Robert Carter III, a wealthy and prominent member of the planter class in Virginia, who owned hundreds of slaves going back to 1791. Carter had a change of heart and later released many slaves as freed men and women. He was so wealthy that President Jackson borrowed money from him, and President George Washington’s nephew proposed to Carter’s daughter.

Former President Jimmy Carter is a descendant of Robert Carter III, who was also known as King.  Carter III descended from William Strother, on his father’s side. Everyone at that time knew Carter III was descended from English royalty, going back to Charlemagne and William the Conqueror, and many other English kings. Presidents Zachary Taylor and John Tyler were also defended from Strother. President Jimmy Carter is also related to President Barack Obama. They are eighth cousins.

History has a way of repeating itself when we do not take heed of the lessons of the past.

This is a must read for people of all ages. This is a book based on accurate history, ancient history and Bible history. It is available in softcover at $13.00, and as an EBook at $3.99. http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookSearchResults.aspx?Search=Mystery%20of%20the%20Sturbridge%20Keys

Include Nipmuc Indians in your Summer Reading from Local Author Linda Hourihan


Growing up in the town of Mendon, Massachusetts on the shores of Lake Nipmuc, a town steeped in rich history of Nipmuc Indians, I necessarily wrote a fiction book including Nipmuc Indians, based on accurate history. This book should not to be missed on summer reading lists. People all ages have enjoyed this time travel back into yesteryear, where Grammy Rose along with her two daughters and four grandchildren get split up in Old Sturbridge Village during the Christmas by Candlelight Gingerbread House making contest.

How many people know that the Algonquin bands of Indians in this area were called Nipmuc Indians? Their territory was known as Nipnet, which extended as far north as Vermont and New Hampshire borders, and south into Rhode Island and northeast Connecticut.

Half of Grammy Rose’s family discovers the history of the Underground Railroad that was also alive and well in 1830’s in the Sturbridge, Worcester and Northampton, Massachusetts area. The grandchildren learn how the Religious Society of Friends Quaker Meeting Houses took the lead in promoting human equality, human rights, and even women’s rights in their critical work in the Underground Railroad.

Harriet Tubman’s famous role is highlighted in this book. Harriet Beecher Stowe was also so moved by the prejudice and unfair treatment of other human beings, that she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Both characters play a role in reviving history, which should not be forgotten. Without conscious awareness of history and its prejudices, history is bound to repeat itself.

Antediluvian history is also addressed in this fiction work addressing issues that continue to affect us today. Travel back in time through the use of age-old keys in antique books found in a secret, hidden library in Old Sturbridge Village, to meet Noah, his family and misadventures with the infamous Nephilim.

See how the sons of Noah populate the earth through the famous world empires in an interesting tale of possibility, shedding new light on old subjects.

The history of Christmas, how Christmas really came to be, and how it evolved with today’s traditions is finally revealed. Grammy Rose’s thirteen years old granddaughter, Brie, gets to babysit baby Jesus via the time travel keys, as well as get to meet the Magi. This is a wonderful, educational book that should be on everyone’s summer reading list.


MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is published and now available in softcover, and soon to be released in eBook form, available at: http://www.iUniverse.com. This is a fiction novel bringing readers through first-hand experiences in history, ancient history and pre-history. Brie, the young female protagonist, and her family experience live in the Old World empires. They traverse through the Old World Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek, and Roman Empires. In the process, they discover the uncanny connections between the Old World Empires and the sons of Noah of Bible fame.

This book was first published September 24, 2016, the year that Old Sturbridge Village celebrated its 70th Anniversary. The book is set in Old Sturbridge Village at the Christmas By Candlelight celebration 2016. Brie and her cousin and best friend, Abby, along with Aunt Cher and Grammy Rose, time travel through history in an intriguing set of circumstances.

Meanwhile, Brie’s mother, Sarah, brother Greg and her cousin, Abe, stay in real time, touring all of the buildings, houses and Meetinghouses, and discover forgotten history of days gone by.

The Underground Railroad was very active during the 1830s, as well as the sermons of Rev. Adin Ballou of Hopedale influencing the Baptist congregation of the Center Meetinghouse of Old Sturbridge Village. Scrooge of A Christmas Carol, and Santa himself make an appearance to explain the real history of how they came to be.

The subtitle of this book is CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED. How did Christmas really come about? Is Christmas really about the birth of Jesus? Where do the Christmas traditions of Christmas trees, wreaths, mistletoe, and Yule Logs come from?

This book reveals the secret of Christmas that has been locked in history since the beginning of time. I am a former reporter for the Milford Daily News, and feature writer for the Laconia Daily Sun. This book is an investigative look at the facts that have been handed down through history and how accurate they are, as Brie and her family have a fascinating experience in one of the most celebrated holidays of all time.

I hope you enjoy it.

While We Wait For Re-Release of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS


Highlights from MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS to be watching out for include local landmarks, including Lake Nipmuc, Route 16 and Taft Avenue in Mendon, Massachusetts;  the Nipmuc Native American Nation. Morgan horses, the Rev. Adin Ballot, how the Quakers have been promoting women’s rights in the 1600s, and how immigration took place in the 1800s when our forefathers arrive to the United States.

The Nipmuc Native American Nation was called Nipnet. It extended south to Rhode Island, home to the Narragansett Native American Nation; north to New Hampshire and Vermont, home to the Pennacook and Wawinak Native American Nations; west to the Pocomtuc and Mohican Native American Nation; and east to the Massachusett, Wampanoag and  Nauset Native American Nations.

The greater Mendon area has numerous historical footprints of the Nipmuc Native American Nation, such as the gleaming shores of Lake Nipmuc. It was a pleasure to grow up in this area. Old Sturbridge Village is the setting of this fiction work of art. From here half of the family members in this book time travel back into history, ancient history and pre-history. They are very surprised to learn what they learn.

Horse lovers will appreciate knowing that the two fictional Morgan horses in this fiction novel, are from Figure, the real horse owned by Justin Morgan. He was a teacher, composer and horseman who lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was the practice in 1830 to call the horse by the owners name. Figure’s colt became the founding sire of the Morgan breed. These horses are known for their charisma and companionableness.

The Morgan horses in this story are named Gitche and Manitou. Gitche Manitou is the Native American name for Great Spirit, God. Morgan horses are also able to out walk, out run and out pull any other breed of horse, making them a perfect fit for the Old Sturbridge Village setting.

The Rev. Adin Ballot was a real person who influenced Mendon through the Mendon Unitarian Church, a sister church to Hopedale. Much of his humanitarian and religious philosophy has trickled down to this day.

The Quakers were one of the first group to promote women and women’s rights. They even allowed women to speak and teach at the Religious Society of Friends Meetinghouse. Additionally they also promoted women authors.

When it comes to immigration, this book takes a look at what the people of 1830 had to do to come to this beautiful United States of America. It is good to remember.

I hope you enjoy this book. I will write again as soon as it is re-released.