Thursday’s Tale: President Zachary Taylor’s Death

Zachary Taylor by Joseph Henry Bush, c1848

Zachary Taylor by Joseph Henry Bush, c1848

So, the 4th of July is coming up and I don’t really know any folktales that go with the occasion. If you know of any, let me know and I can use it next year.

I did find an interesting story about President Zachary Taylor’s death at that has a July 4th connection. President Taylor began his Fourth of July in 1850 by attending an event at the Washington Monument. The day was oppressively hot, and Taylor cooled off by drinking copious amounts of ice water. After the event, Taylor reportedly returned to the White House, where he downed glasses of cold milk and ate vast quantities of green apples and cherries. The next day, complaining of severe intestinal cramps and diarrhea, Taylor was diagnosed with cholera morbus, or what today would be called gastroenteritis. It is also possible he may have contracted cholera, which occurred frequently during the summer months in hot, humid Washington during the 1800s, when sewage systems were primitive at best. The bacteria could have been present in the water or iced milk Taylor drank. As Taylor’s illness waxed and waned over the next few days, his doctor treated him with opium, calomel (a powder compound high in mercury), bleeding and blistering. Whether from the disease or the “cure,” Tyler died in the White House on July 9. No one suggested it might have been foul play even though Taylor, a Mexican War hero, adamantly opposed slavery and vowed to personally lead a military attack against any state that threatened to secede from the Union.

Not really a fairy tale today, but an interesting story nonetheless.

Thursday’s Tales is a weekly event here at Carol’s Notebook. Fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings, I love them all. Feel free to join in.

Readers’ Workouts – 6/28


Readers workouts

Here are my steps for the week. I didn’t make my goal of 9,000 steps a day. I was so close on Sunday and Monday – I should have just took a quick walk down the road. If you’re on fitbit, you can find me here.


I earned a badge this week.

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My current plan is to do cardio on Tuesday (60 mins), upper body on Wednesday, cardio on Thursday (60 mins), a total body workout on Friday, cardio on Saturday (60+ mins), and a core workout on Monday. I’m also doing a 10 minute-ish Pilates workout each day. I did not do so well this week, but hopefully I’ll get back on track.

Wednesday – 20 min arms/shoulders. 10 minutes Pilates booty.

Thursday – 65 mins elliptical. Walk with the dog.

Saturday – Walk with the dog.

Monday – Walk with with the dog. 35 mins Pilates.

I usually listen to a book while I’m walking, jogging, whatever. This week I’m still listening to The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North.

I sit at a desk all day at work. I found this video a couple of days ago and have been trying to incorporate some of the exercises on a daily basis.

2016 miles: 238.5

How was your week? Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy at Joy’s Book Blog.

Mailbox Monday – 6/27


Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Tell us about your new arrivals by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky at


I received one book for review from Rose of Atlantis Press via NetGalley. It’s free for Kindle right now, if it sounds interesting.

Mailbox Monday – 6/27Walking The Edge by Zee Monodee
Series: Corpus Brides #1
Published by Rose of Atlantis Press on January 5, 2015 (first published 2011)
Genres: Spy Thriller, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 259
Format: eBook
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Left amnesiac after an accident, Amelia Jamison’s instincts slowly rise from the depths of oblivion to question her life as the wife of a cold, manipulating, and distant man. Wisps of a dream show her another man she may have known intimately, but is he a memory, or a figment of her imagination?

A man with too much information After many aliases, today Gerard Besson is simply a police commissaire in Marseille. When a mysterious woman starts to follow him, he is suspicious. But things aren’t what they seem, and as he reluctantly gets closer to her, dredges of his painful, buried past spring to light and make him question her identity.

Each seems to have led two different lives But neither is prepared for what awaits them when they cross the fine line between knowing your true self and that of your alter ego.

Danger is the name of the game, and as it catches up with them in the French Provence, both know they better be ready for the inevitable fall.

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