Monday, March 23, 2015


Jeanette Aurelia Bullis was born in Macedon on this day in 1893, the second child and only daughter of Abraham R. Bullis and Josephine Breese Bullis. She dedicated her life to her family, her friends and her community.

Her community continues to benefit from her generosity through a $12.3 million grant received by the Rochester Area Community Foundation in 2001. A lead article in the January 31, 2001 edition of the Courier-Journal  listed Miss Bullis's charitable interests as including "... the Macedon Public Library; preservation of natural resources; benefit of animals; advancement of learning, and, in her words, 'activities for the moral, mental,  intellectual and physical development of young people.'"

Once again, we say "Thank you, Nettie Bullis."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Trying to decide how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? How about stopping by the Bullis Room and taking a look at this book about Daniel O'Connell, often referred to as the "The Liberator":

Young Ireland, A Fragment of Irish History, 1840 - 1850
by Sir Charles Gavan Duffy
Published by Cassell, Peter, Galpin & Company, 1880

To give you a little preview of what you'll learn from this Bullis book, here's an excerpt from the first chapter titled "How the Repeal Movement Began."

"In the spring of the year 1840 an event occurred in Ireland charged with 
grave and far-reaching consequences but which, at the time, attracted slight notice,
chiefly of a mocking or contemptuous sort. Daniel O'Connell ... suddenly
invited the Irish nation to unite with him in the formidable task of 
repealing the legislative union between Great Britain and Ireland." (Book 1, page 1)

To tempt you a bit more here are some of the other chapter headings:

"How the Movement Fared in the Beginning and What O'Connell Taught"
"A Bird's Eye View of Irish History"
"The Awakening of the Country. The Menace of the Government. The Answer of the People"
"How O'Connell was Tried"
"How He Was Convicted"
"The Vice-tribunate of John O'Connell"

When you've read through this book, you'll have a much better understanding of why the Irish celebrate their heritage every year.  So please stop by.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015



We're sure of it.  Icicles and snow piles we've been viewing from the Bullis Room window are getting smaller. And the Bullis Room is feeling cooler in relation to the outside temperature. All good signs that we're moving toward Spring. And where is this leading us, in today's post? To another good Bullis Collection book, of course. One that will help us get in the mood for warmer and sunnier days.

And that book is (TA DA):

English Country Life:
Consisting of Descriptions of Rural Habits,
Country Scenery, and the Seasons.
By Thomas Miller 
Published in London by G. Routledge, 1865

Please stop by and take a look through this book. Chapters we suggest you will enjoy at this time year:

"Summer Flowers"
"Beauty of Summer Butterfly andFlowers"
"Summer in the Fields"
"Birds in Summer"

And the chapter we suggest you leave for reading during a record-setting-high temperature day in August:

"Dark December"

We also want to remind you  - no matter the weather outside, it's always pleasant in the Bullis Room, surrounded by all these shelves of great books. You have a standing invitation to come in and spend some time with us, savoring the atmosphere and surroundings.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


    Do you remember reading this old English nursery rhyme when you were a child?

Monday's Child
Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child works hard for a living,
Saturday's child is loving and giving,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonnie and blithe and good and gay.

When you first read this rhyme, did you zero in on the day you were born, imagining what your fate might be?  And now that you've "arrived" in life, does your birth-day prediction accurately reflect your true-life experience? 

Well, we're wondering if Nettie Bullis read this nursery rhyme and thought about that fourth prediction. You see, Nettie was born on March 23, 1893, and that was a Thursday. "Thursday's child has far to go" -- what does this actually mean?  The website "Famlii" says that the traditional meaning of Thursday's prediction is that the child will have a long, successful life without limitations. That same source also says that modern interpretations have associated Thursday's child with having obstacles to overcome in life.

Both interpretations describe Nettie Bullis's life accurately. She achieved great success in her life and also overcame many obstacles in order to do so. As we prepare to honor her once more on her birthday this month, let's remember her as a true Thursday child.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Tired of looking down and around at the white stuff that seems to have covering almost everything in our environment?

Then look up, at the sky!

But you say it's mostly cloudy these days?

Then we have a suggestion for you. Yep, it's another Bullis book:

The Orbs Around Us:
A Series of Familiar Essays on the Moons and Planets,
Meteors and Comets, the Sun and Coloured Pairs of Suns
by Richard A. Proctor
Published by Longmans, Green and Co., London, 1872

This almost-a-century-and-a-half old book covers a myriad of topics, all from prior-to 1872 scientific knowledge and research. Some of the chapter titles are:

"Other Habitable Worlds"
Other Inhabited Worlds"
The Rosse Telescope Set to New Work
Shooting Stars, Meteors, and Aeorlites
Professor Tyndall's Theory of Comets
The Sun's Corona
The Corona as a Phenomenon of Eruption

We hope we've given you enough "teasers" so you'll stop by the Bullis Room on one of the cloudy days we're sure to continue getting - and spend some time thinking and learning about our world beyond this planet. Then when the warm, sunny days and clear nights are upon us, and you can actually see what's up thereyou'll have a better appreciation of the universe that surrounds us.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Boy, is it cold outside. It's so cold that the Bullis Room feels warm today. (That's an "inside" joke, folks.)

So what to do on a cold day? (We're told there are more days like this to come, so we need to have a plan.)

Our suggestion: Stay inside and read a good book. Better yet, come to the Bullis Room and (with a Bullis volunteer to assist you) find a good book, nestle into a comfortable chair over by the window, and enjoy.

There are lots of books to choose from ... fiction as well as non-fiction. History, horticulture, law, engineering, mathematics, religion, astronomy, science ....

We hope you can find (or make) the opportunity to stop by sometime in the next few weeks. And while getting here may be a bit chilly, we promise that you'll be surrounded by lots of good, warm books. Can any of us ask for anything more?

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Two hundred and six years ago, a man who is still revered had a humble beginning in a Kentucky log cabin.  Abraham Lincoln  grew up to become a lawyer, member of the U.S. House of Representatives,  and the 16th president of the United States.  As president he led our country through the Civil War, which resulted in the preservation of the union and the abolishment of slavery.

For those of you who would like to learn more about the world that Lincoln lived in as a child, there's a Bullis book for you! It is:

Pine Knot; A Story of Kentucky Life
by William Eleazar Barton
Published by D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1900

It's a work of fiction, and its content reflects the lifestyle that had not changed a great deal since the time of Lincoln's boyhood. Some of the chapter titles are:

Granny White's Remedies
A Blue-Grass Christmas
For the Cause of Freedom

So please stop by the Bullis Room and spend some time in Pine Knot ... and remember the man who made such a great contribution to his country.