Civil War, History Class, Life, Museums, Travel, Uncategorized, World War 2

Exploring the Oshkosh Public Museum (and a Small Piece of the National WWII Museum)

2023 has arrived, and even though the gray clouds remind me of Washington winter more than the dazzling snowscapes I envisioned, it's off to a pretty good start in the Clare household. We had a lovely Christmas break with many visits from family and friends, and my kids and I found a snow drift large… Continue reading Exploring the Oshkosh Public Museum (and a Small Piece of the National WWII Museum)

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?

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

History Class, Life, Memorials, Photos, Uncategorized

Visiting The Hiker Memorial

This summer we moved from evergreens, salt water, and mountains to corn fields, lakes, and prairies. Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash Moving from Washington to Wisconsin has meant many changes for my family. Personal changes have been the most challenging—changing jobs, schools, churches, homes, and saying goodbye to friends. Changes in local climate have… Continue reading Visiting The Hiker Memorial

Civil War, History Class, Podcasts, Writer's Life

How (and Why) We Almost Went to War Over a Pig

Not every international conflict leads to destruction and violence. Our American Stories is featuring me in a 10-minute talk on a time when the U.S. and Britain almost went to war over a pig, but diplomacy triumphed. If you're interested in giving it a listen, here's the link! If you're interested in the story but… Continue reading How (and Why) We Almost Went to War Over a Pig

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

Family History, History Class, Life, Motherhood, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Inspiration

Tangible History

Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash I had high hopes of sharing a new post with you this week. It's in process still, as moving preparations continue to swallow all of my life that school and family haven't already consumed. However, as I sorted through the mess that is my room, I came upon a little box that… Continue reading Tangible History

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

Four Christmases at War

“Christmas/New Year's card from the 15th Evacuation Hospital in Italy in WWII. This mobile tent hospital followed the front from North Africa to Sicily and Italy.” Image courtesy of Mary Sanchis, via Wikimedia Commons. License link here: Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International — CC BY-SA 4.0 There are few times throughout the year when… Continue reading Four Christmases at War

Books, Family History, History Class, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration

Mining for WWII History (and Character Backgrounds)

Image courtesy of Joel Dinda, via flickr.com. License information linked here. When writing fiction, choosing a solid character name is important. (See my last post for details on THAT struggle.) Developing a solid background for that character is just as essential—if you don’t know who your characters are, how can you write about them? As… Continue reading Mining for WWII History (and Character Backgrounds)