If I could turn back time... Well, if I could, I might warn myself to stay a bit further back from ill students so that I wouldn't have spent the last few days on antibiotics. (Would I listen to my future self? Probably not. You can't really teach 6-year-olds from afar.) However, a bit of… Continue reading WWII Meets the 80s: Alexa Kang’s ETERNAL FLAME
WWII Speculative Fiction: BLACKOUT and ALL CLEAR by Connie Willis
As progress continues on my upcoming new release, today I'd like to share the first in a series of novels that combine the true stories of the Second World War with speculative fiction. This first post is actually about two novels: Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis. Author Sarah Higbee and her blog, Brainfluff, introduced… Continue reading WWII Speculative Fiction: BLACKOUT and ALL CLEAR by Connie Willis
There’s a New Book on the Horizon!
Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com I'm pleased to announce that I have a new short story coming out this February! It will be part of an anthology of short stories featuring around 10 other authors. It is going to be a bit different from my other published works. When my family made the decision… Continue reading There’s a New Book on the Horizon!
Exploring the Oshkosh Public Museum (and a Small Piece of the National WWII Museum)
2023 has arrived, and even though the gray clouds remind me of Washington winter more than the dazzling snowscapes I envisioned, it's off to a pretty good start in the Clare household. We had a lovely Christmas break with many visits from family and friends, and my kids and I found a snow drift large… Continue reading Exploring the Oshkosh Public Museum (and a Small Piece of the National WWII Museum)
Musical Interlude: “White Christmas”
Our back yard looks a little different this year. Flatter. Fewer evergreens. And SNOW! One of the biggest changes my family has experienced since this summer's move across the country is adjusting to a new climate. Winter in western Washington was the "rainy season." We'd have to wear layers, and the damp air could get… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “White Christmas”
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?
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
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
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
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