History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

Images from Victory in Europe Day

Today marks the 75th anniversary of "V-E Day," the day in Second World War history when the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe. In remembrance, I decided to simply share a few images of the celebrations that took place around the world. Some you may recognize from last year, others are new additions. "The first flyers… Continue reading Images from Victory in Europe Day

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

A Strange Easter

For the last fifteen years, my family has followed a regular pattern for this week--Holy Week. After the Palm Sunday singing and kids getting into shenanigans with the palm branches, we return to worship four days later, on Maundy Thursday evening. We celebrate Communion, remember Christ's betrayal, and prepare for Good Friday. Friday evening's solemn… Continue reading A Strange Easter

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

WWII Flash Fiction: “Changing Horizons”

Author Trisha Faye runs "Pages of the Past: Celebrating Historical Fiction," an excellent website, newsletter, and facebook group for historical fiction readers and writers. She also hosted her first historical flash fiction contest this December, which I entered, and won! For those of you not familiar with the term, flash fiction is characterized by its… Continue reading WWII Flash Fiction: “Changing Horizons”

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

Visiting the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Near the end of summer, two of the smaller Clares and I found ourselves wandering around Bainbridge Island, WA. Bainbridge Island is both a city and an island, resting in Puget Sound across from Seattle and only connected to Kitsap Peninsula (an offshoot of the larger Olympic Peninsula) by a two-lane bridge. It's filled with… Continue reading Visiting the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

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

A Little Family History (and the Danger of Wearing Too Many Hats)

Recent family visits didn't only give us an excuse to escape to the mountains for a bit- it also allowed me to get a peek at some family history. Part of my interest in the Second World War stemmed from knowing that my Grandpa served. Like many of his generation, he never talked about the… Continue reading A Little Family History (and the Danger of Wearing Too Many Hats)

Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

Exploring Hurricane Ridge

Local wisdom says that residents of the Pacific Northwest should expect gray, rainy weather up through the fourth of July- then summer sunshine will officially begin. This year hasn't worked that way. Summer visited a couple of months early when I was expecting drizzle, and then (maybe embarrassed by the mistake) it hid itself away… Continue reading Exploring Hurricane Ridge

Life, Marketing and Branding, Photos, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

The Naptime Author is Getting a Facelift

  Well, I'm not getting one. Although my face has gotten some new...hmm, let's call them "wisdom lines," they're here to stay. (Mind you, if I'm calling them wisdom lines, I'm not sure I've earned as many as are cropping up...) No, after almost two years of blogging, it's time for my site to get an… Continue reading The Naptime Author is Getting a Facelift

History Class, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Ship Where WW2 Ended: Exploring the USS Missouri

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii holds a great deal of United States history. It was the site of the surprise 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 Utah rest as quiet memorials and tombs. The marble pillars memorializing the lives… Continue reading The Ship Where WW2 Ended: Exploring the USS Missouri

Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

Exploring Mount Rainier National Park

The mad rush of the school year has consumed our lives. Between keeping up with the kids' homework and laundry and lunches, and managing teaching duties with the end of the first quarter looming ahead... well, let's not think about all of that right now. Fall break and family visits gave the Clare family excellent… Continue reading Exploring Mount Rainier National Park