Books, Film, History Class, Music, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Musical Interlude Double Feature: “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “Blues in the Night”

"Little girl by radio" Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain, cropped from the original. Music is powerful. Even a quick study of how it affects the brain is fascinating, but it doesn't take a degree to see the way that shared music creates connections between people. Music inspires, gives… Continue reading Musical Interlude Double Feature: “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “Blues in the Night”

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

Crossing the Atlantic With the Movie GREYHOUND

"The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Kidd (DD-661) underway, circa at the time of her commissioning in April 1943" Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. With busy schedules and finding babysitters, getting out to the movies in a normal year is tricky enough. The last year added its own complications, so I'm really quite pleased that I was able… Continue reading Crossing the Atlantic With the Movie GREYHOUND

Film, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War I, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration

“The Big Parade,” a Silent Story

After a hectic end of the school year and a couple of weeks absorbed in final book edits (hopefully final, anyway, though I keep having dreams that I've forgotten something) the new blog post I had in mind is taking a back seat to some much needed family time. Instead, I thought I'd revisit this… Continue reading “The Big Parade,” a Silent Story

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Before He Was Scotty: James Doohan and World War II

Some familiar faces showed up recently in my Facebook feed*. Of course, I'd guess that the faces of the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series would be familiar to almost any "Trekkie,"  even if these photos are from before their days of space exploration. While I've been a lifelong Trek fan, the crew of… Continue reading Before He Was Scotty: James Doohan and World War II

Film, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2

My Review of Midway, 2019 (Finally!)

Well. It's been a while since I've posted, hasn't it? The first two months of 2020 have been characterized by a hectic schedule and illness. Between playing chauffer for my eldest child's first foray into grade school basketball, being knocked flat by some nasty iteration of the flu, and a taking on a bunch of… Continue reading My Review of Midway, 2019 (Finally!)

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The Battle Of Midway Part II: The U.S. Aircraft Carriers Enter the Battle

As Hollywood prepares to launch Midway,  its newest big screen portrayal of a World War II battle, I've been reading up on the battle's history. (Hollywood's timing proved very convenient for me, as the Battle of Midway was the next topic I intended to cover anyway- considerate of the movie producers, wasn't it? While real… Continue reading The Battle Of Midway Part II: The U.S. Aircraft Carriers Enter the Battle

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The Battle of Midway Part I: On the Screen and in History

  Hollywood's at it again. This Veteran's Day weekend will see the release of another film depicting events from the Second World War: Midway.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9laReRAYFk The Battle of Midway- a major turning point for the United States in the Pacific Theater- has already been made into at least one motion picture. Released in 1976,… Continue reading The Battle of Midway Part I: On the Screen and in History

Film, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War I

Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

I'd intended for my next post to be on the Battle of Midway, getting myself ready for the up-and-coming film. I changed direction when my husband surprised me yesterday with a copy of a film we saw last year- Peter Jackson's  They Shall Not Grow Old. I hadn't realized that it had made it onto disc… Continue reading Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

Books, Film, History Class, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

“Scrap -Happy Daffy”: Salvage, Scrap and Cartoons in WWII

Welcome to Wednesday, and the last special post in the countdown to my book's launch! Tomorrow, I'll post one last Question of the Day and links to the old ones, but be aware, opportunities to enter the giveaway end at 12 noon PST, so make certain you get your answers in before then! A peek… Continue reading “Scrap -Happy Daffy”: Salvage, Scrap and Cartoons in WWII

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Harold Lloyd versus Snarf: Old Plots in New(er) Settings

"So, you know that episode of Thundercats I was finishing?" my husband asked one morning. "Urnghuh? Um...sure," I answered, my foggy tones conveying that no, I hadn't had my morning coffee yet. I wrestled my hair into order with a scrunci and tried to look awake. "It had the same plot as that Harold Lloyd… Continue reading Harold Lloyd versus Snarf: Old Plots in New(er) Settings