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

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?

Civil War, History Class, Life, Memorials, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, World War 2

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

History Class, Podcasts, World War 2

A Real-Life “Rosie”

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, original link here. While Allied troops served around the globe in the Second World War, civilians served at home in dozens of ways—building and repairing ships, sewing uniforms, producing food, and keeping the factories going. In particular, the needs of the Home Front transformed the lives of many… Continue reading A Real-Life “Rosie”

World War 2, Writer's Life

A Life Update and a Story of Spies

"Wild Bill" Donovan- there's a link to a fascinating podcast about his life at the end of this post. First, Some Personal Stuff My last principal encouraged me to take the Clifton Strengthsfinder test. Essentially, it's an online standardized that claims to be able to pinpoint one's personality strengths by analyzing their answers to a… Continue reading A Life Update and a Story of Spies

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

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

Film, Life, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

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

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle of Midway: Part I

""Sinking Sun": painting by Griffith Baily Coale, oil on canvas, 1942. Description: A U.S. Marine stands at parade rest on the bow of a PT boat as she moves slowly out to sea from Midway to give decent burial to Japanese fliers shot down on the islands during the battle. The red ball of the… Continue reading The Battle of Midway: Part I

History Class, Podcasts, World War 2

The USS Lexington

One of the very first U.S. aircraft carriers, the USS Lexington (CV-2) played a fascinating role in history. Today, I'm visiting the Our American Stories podcast to share a bit about it. Here's the link if you'd like to stop by and check it out! If you head over, let me know what you think… Continue reading The USS Lexington

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

77th Anniversary of V-E Day

This weekend marks the 77th anniversary of "V-E Day," the official declaration of Victory in Europe as the Second World War neared its end.  While I've read descriptions of the euphoric celebrations, I think that some of the images from the day capture the story best.  "The first flyers announcing the German surrender outside the… Continue reading 77th Anniversary of V-E Day

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

Exploring the Naval Undersea Museum

As my family and I prepare to move across the country this summer, we've started making our "must visit" list. What places do we need to explore again while we have the chance? This museum is a definite maybe—it was always a favorite and might be even better now that the kids have had four… Continue reading Exploring the Naval Undersea Museum