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

History Class, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

Road Trip!!! From Washington to Wisconsin

Our travel route- roughly. 🙂 Map image courtesy Wikimedia commons: links here. I added the red arrow. Five people. One minivan. 2,300(ish) miles. It had been three years since my children had seen their Wisconsin relatives. Two since they'd had a visit from the Minnesota side of the family. They had cousins they'd never met,… Continue reading Road Trip!!! From Washington to Wisconsin

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

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

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Blog Tour: Author A.M. Heath’s New Book and The History of the WPA

Hello again, Readers and Writers! Today, A.M. Heath is visiting to share a bit of history, news on her new Christian historical romance, AND a giveaway!  First, a bit of history. The WPA (and CCC) began during the Great Depression, extended into WWII, and left legacies that can still be seen today, in construction, monuments,… Continue reading Blog Tour: Author A.M. Heath’s New Book and The History of the WPA

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

The Ship Where WW2 Ended: Exploring the USS Missouri

This weekend marks the 75th Anniversary of V-J Day—the day the Allies celebrated victory over Japan, and the end of the Second World War.  In spring of 2019, my family and I had a chance to visit Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the ship where the treaties officially ending the war were signed. Today seemed a… Continue reading The Ship Where WW2 Ended: Exploring the USS Missouri

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