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Looking Back and Moving Forward

Photo by John on Once again we’ve turned the calendar page to a fresh new year, full of possibilities. Looking ahead to plans for 2022 got me looking back at 2021. Just what did I actually accomplish in the past year? It seems like it went by awfully fast… Personal The beginning of 2021… Continue reading Looking Back and Moving Forward

Life, Teaching, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration

2021 NaNoWrap-Up and an Interview

We've made it to another weekend! If your December is like mine, it's flying by in great leaps. Before it gets away from me completely, today I'm taking a moment to pause and update you on the results of November's NaNoWriMo challenge and to share a lovely opportunity I had to visit another writer's blog.… Continue reading 2021 NaNoWrap-Up and an Interview

History Class, Life, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

A Thanksgiving Note AND A Bit of Thanksgiving History

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers in the United States! (And a late Happy Thanksgiving to readers in Canada:)) I'm off to scrub down my kitchen before getting it good and messy tomorrow with pie, potatoes, turkey, stuffing and so on. (I'm hoping that the turkey I have thawing cooperates better than… Continue reading A Thanksgiving Note AND A Bit of Thanksgiving History

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

Road Trip!!! Part 2: From Wisconsin back to Washington

Our travel route- roughly. 🙂 Map image courtesy Wikimedia commons: links here. I added the red and black arrows. Avoiding the craziness of flying with a family of five, the Clare family embraced the alternative craziness of driving across more than half of the U.S. It was a long haul—about 2300 miles each way— offering… Continue reading Road Trip!!! Part 2: From Wisconsin back to Washington

Life, Memorials, Motherhood, Uncategorized

To Those Who Wait

I'm losing another friend. Not 'forever' lost—not to anger or angst or illness. And really, this goodbye isn't about me, though I am sad about it. No, it's that time in friendship when the orders come in, and the people I've just started to really come to know are sent off, to serve their country… Continue reading To Those Who Wait

History Class, Life, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized

Exploring the Quinault Rainforest

One view of Merriman Falls, located on the south shore of Lake Quinault Spring has reached the Pacific Northwest. The year-round shadows of Washington's evergreens are interspersed with fresh spouting leaves of maples and clusters of blooming rhododendron. The cold drizzle has started to turn to...well, warmer drizzle. It's time to venture outdoors! After searching… Continue reading Exploring the Quinault Rainforest

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

A Strange Easter

Photo by Alena Koval on This post was first shared for Easter 2020. While things have eased up somewhat here after a year of "Covid world," I felt like it was still fitting. All the best and Easter Blessings -Anne *** For the last fifteen years, my family has followed a regular pattern for… Continue reading A Strange Easter

Books, Family History, History Class, Life, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Preserving a Piece of History

"Troops of the US Army 2nd Infantry Division march up the bluff at the E-1 draw in the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on D+1, June 7, 1944. They are going past the German bunker, Widerstandsnest 65 (WN 65), that defended the route up the Ruquet Valley to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer." US Army Signal Corps, Public domain, via… Continue reading Preserving a Piece of History