Civil War, History Class, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Where Does Thankfulness Fit on the Calendar?

My husband and I set up this little display in our new school. Students and visitors were encouraged to add "stars" with the names of veterans they'd like to recognize. We were pleased to see that due to high participation we'll probably need to make the board bigger next year. November in the United States… Continue reading Where Does Thankfulness Fit on the Calendar?

Civil War, History Class, Life, Memorials, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, World War 2

Exploring the Oshkosh Military Veterans Museum

I did something that wasn't unpacking, cleaning, or schoolwork! A Saturday or two ago, I slipped away for a couple of hours into Oshkosh, WI, to explore a new museum. Just down the road from the rather better-known EAA Aviation Museum*, the Military Veterans Museum was a fascinating place to visit AND it provided some… Continue reading Exploring the Oshkosh Military Veterans Museum

History Class, Podcasts, World War 2

A Real-Life “Rosie”

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, original link here. While Allied troops served around the globe in the Second World War, civilians served at home in dozens of ways—building and repairing ships, sewing uniforms, producing food, and keeping the factories going. In particular, the needs of the Home Front transformed the lives of many… Continue reading A Real-Life “Rosie”

World War 2, Writer's Life

A Life Update and a Story of Spies

"Wild Bill" Donovan- there's a link to a fascinating podcast about his life at the end of this post. First, Some Personal Stuff My last principal encouraged me to take the Clifton Strengthsfinder test. Essentially, it's an online standardized that claims to be able to pinpoint one's personality strengths by analyzing their answers to a… Continue reading A Life Update and a Story of Spies

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The Ship Where WW2 Ended: Exploring the USS Missouri

Today marks the anniversary of Japan’s formal surrender ending the Second World War. My family had the opportunity to visit the ship where the surrender documents were signed- the USS Missouri. Here is the post I published about the experience. I hope you enjoy it!

File:V-J Day celebrations-in Jackson Square, Oak Ridge.jpg“V-J Day celebrations-in Jackson Square, Oak Ridge” Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

This weekend marks the 75th Anniversary of V-J Day—the day the Allies celebrated victory over Japan, and the end of the Second World War. 

In spring of 2019, my family and I had a chance to visit Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the ship where the treaties officially ending the war were signed. Today seemed a fitting day to share that visit with you again. I hope you find it of interest as you remember this tremendous day in history.

Anne

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii holds a great deal of United States history.

It was the site of the Japanese attack that galvanized the U.S. into full participation in the Second World War.

Within its peaceful blue waters, the wrecks of the USS Arizona and USS Utahrest as quiet memorials and tombs.

The marble pillars memorializing the lives lost on…

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Family History, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Behind Great-Grandpa’s Walls

While moving across the country has meant many changes for the Clares, one really lovely perk is living close enough to visit family. My kids have only visited my great-grandpa's old house once, years ago. I'm excited to take them there again for a quick stop during the waning days of this summer. Who knows… Continue reading Behind Great-Grandpa’s Walls

Film, Life, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

An Online Event and Some Awesome Aerobatics

"Paratroopers of E Company, 506th Infantry Regiment in Austria, after the end of World War II, 1945" Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Link to license here. "Band of Brothers" 20th Anniversary Symposium While the phrase "band of brothers" was coined by Shakespeare in the stirring "St. Crispin's Day" speech in his play Henry V, to… Continue reading An Online Event and Some Awesome Aerobatics

History Class, Life, Memorials, Photos, Uncategorized

Visiting The Hiker Memorial

This summer we moved from evergreens, salt water, and mountains to corn fields, lakes, and prairies. Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash Moving from Washington to Wisconsin has meant many changes for my family. Personal changes have been the most challenging—changing jobs, schools, churches, homes, and saying goodbye to friends. Changes in local climate have… Continue reading Visiting The Hiker Memorial

Life, Motherhood, Teaching, Travel, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

Eight Things I Learned From Moving My Family Across the Country

Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash WHEW. Well, I've been absent for a bit! As I mentioned back in March, my husband and I accepted new teaching jobs for the upcoming school year. The positions are in the state of Wisconsin, so the last several months have been spent preparing for a move. This involved cleaning out our home… Continue reading Eight Things I Learned From Moving My Family Across the Country

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle of Midway: Part I

""Sinking Sun": painting by Griffith Baily Coale, oil on canvas, 1942. Description: A U.S. Marine stands at parade rest on the bow of a PT boat as she moves slowly out to sea from Midway to give decent burial to Japanese fliers shot down on the islands during the battle. The red ball of the… Continue reading The Battle of Midway: Part I