Life, Motherhood, Teaching, Travel, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

Eight Things I Learned From Moving My Family Across the Country

Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash WHEW. Well, I've been absent for a bit! As I mentioned back in March, my husband and I accepted new teaching jobs for the upcoming school year. The positions are in the state of Wisconsin, so the last several months have been spent preparing for a move. This involved cleaning out our home… Continue reading Eight Things I Learned From Moving My Family Across the Country

Civil War, History Class, Memorials, Travel

The Pig War — A Bit About Britain

Hello Readers!Today, I'm guest posting over on A Bit About Britain, the site of author Mike Biles. Mike's site is a tremendous source for fascinating stories from history and information on locations that I'd love to visit someday. Below is the link if you'd like to pop over and read about a time when British… Continue reading The Pig War — A Bit About Britain

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

Remembering Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later

"Original Caption: Naval photograph documenting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which initiated US participation in World War II. Navy's caption: The battleship USS ARIZONA sinking after being hit by Japanese air attack on Dec. 7,1941., 12/07/1941" Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives. Today marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor,… Continue reading Remembering Pearl Harbor 80 Years Later

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

Life, Poetry, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration

Marvelous Mountains and Marmots

Hello Readers, Writers, and Nature Lovers! Summer is winding to a close, and taking with it chances to explore the outdoors before school begins again. The Clare family decided to seize the sunshine last week and explore one of my favorite places in Washington—Mt. Rainier National Park.  This isn't the first visit to Rainer that… Continue reading Marvelous Mountains and Marmots

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, Memorials, Motherhood, Travel, Uncategorized

A Stop on a Medal of Honor Highway

Unlike much of western Washington, the town of Sequim (pronounced "Squim") isn't surrounded by thick evergreen forests. Perched on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, near the forrested and mountainous Olympic National Park, Sequim itself is only 184' above sea level—if it weren't for the saltwater on the horizon and the occasional herd of… Continue reading A Stop on a Medal of Honor Highway

Books, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing

Three Things I Discovered at My First Writers Conference

Not so very long ago, in the days when travelling was allowed through the gorgeous, green Pacific Northwest, I had a small adventure. I attended my very first Writers Conference. I'd spent years listing all of the reasons I couldn't attend one. All of the interesting-sounding ones were too far away. They were too much of… Continue reading Three Things I Discovered at My First Writers Conference

History Class, Travel, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration

Exploring Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial

In the bustle of this time of year, I might have missed the fact that today's date is a significant one, but as I signed on this morning, GP Cox's post in remembrance of Pearl Harbor came up. On this, the 78th anniversary of the day that the Second World War came to American soil, I… Continue reading Exploring Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial