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!)

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

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

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

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

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

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

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

The Big Parade: A Silent Story

Staying up later than I should have watching a movie last night, waiting to find out which members of the uninspiring love triangle would survive the War, I began thinking about films that would have been more worth  my time. Here, in one of last year's posts, is one of the many options!  I'll admit,… Continue reading The Big Parade: A Silent Story

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

Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

I was fascinated by the concept of Peter Jackson's newest film, but disappointed that I wouldn't be able to see it- unless, of course, I could manage a flight to the U.K. (Not likely. "Hey kids, you like the taste of Ramen noodles, right? Well, guess what we're eating this month!) While I've enjoyed some… Continue reading Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

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

Musical Interlude: “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”

My children coaxed me into trying to harvest enough decent apples from our tree to make them a pie. As usual, once I'd pared away all of the wormy bits, the "good" pile was much smaller than the waste. I managed a tasty crisp, though, AND the process reminded me of one of my favorite… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”