"Bing Crosby, stage, screen and radio star, sings to Allied troops at the opening of the London stage door canteen in Piccadilly, London, England." Pearson, August 31, 1944. 111-SC-193249.Source: NARA World War II Photos - ARC Identifier: 531210 Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Every year, the day after Thanksgiving brings changes in the Clare household. First the… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
A family heirloom: This banner was used by author Joy Neal Kidney's family during WWI, then repurposed by her grandmother who added two stars and used it during WWII. You can read about it in her excellent book Leora's Letters. Many thanks to Joy for allowing me to use this image! One hundred and two… Continue reading Stars of Blue and Gold
The simplest objects can hold a great deal of history. While decorating for Christmas this year, I couldn't help but recall the stories behind every piece I unwrapped and aired out from another year's attic storage: the colorful crocheted and hand-sewn ornaments from my grandmothers, the personalized stockings my own mom presented the kids with… Continue reading The Bride’s Trunk: A Story of War and Reconciliation
I'd intended for my next post to be on the Battle of Midway, getting myself ready for the up-and-coming film. I changed direction when my husband surprised me yesterday with a copy of a film we saw last year- Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old. I hadn't realized that it had made it onto disc… Continue reading Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD
Pretty hard, actually, but I'll get to that in a moment. Welcome to the second of my series of special posts, counting down to my WWII historical fiction novel's debut next Friday, June 28th! First of all, here's a look at the second of three prize packages in my celebratory giveaway.* While planning these prizes,… Continue reading Writing About the Army as a Civilian- How Hard Could It Be?
Welcome to the first special post counting down to my book's launch date next Friday, June 28th. First of all, I'm pleased to share a look at the first of three prize packages in my giveaway.* While the little pieces of history that I found for this prize pack are small, they're significant. Both vintage… Continue reading The Red Cross: “In War, Charity”
On the counter in the entryway of my church sits a box of plastic army men. Unlike the other little toys, books and crayons hanging nearby in "busy bags," these aren't meant for the children of the congregation. We have a significant number of military families, and seeing a need, some of our members got… Continue reading Memorial Day- History and Remembrance
The memorial to the USS Arizona is the most well-known and easily accessible in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. However, it isn't the only one. The attacks on December 7, 1941 which launched the United States into Word War 2 did a great deal of damage and made complete losses of three battleships: the USS Arizona, the USS Utah and… Continue reading Exploring Pearl Harbor: The USS Utah and USS Oklahoma Memorials
So, are you exchanging gifts with anyone today? My husband and I have never really "done" Valentines day. Oh, the kids have their cards to hand out at school. We even baked cookies to go along with them since we were snowed in, and sending the leftover lollipops that are still sitting around from Halloween… Continue reading Something for your Sweetheart?
Staying up later than I should have watching a movie last night, waiting to find out which members of the uninspiring love triangle would survive the War, I began thinking about films that would have been more worth my time. Here, in one of last year's posts, is one of the many options! I'll admit,… Continue reading The Big Parade: A Silent Story