Cooking, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

World War 2 History and SPAM® (The Meat, Not the Mail)

On my last run to Costco a few weeks ago, they had a whiteboard set up listing items that were out of stock. One of them was "SPAM," which got me thinking that this might be time to revisit an old post on the history of that iconic, tinned meat. I hope you find it… Continue reading World War 2 History and SPAM® (The Meat, Not the Mail)

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

A Little Family History (and the Danger of Wearing Too Many Hats)

Recent family visits didn't only give us an excuse to escape to the mountains for a bit- it also allowed me to get a peek at some family history. Part of my interest in the Second World War stemmed from knowing that my Grandpa served. Like many of his generation, he never talked about the… Continue reading A Little Family History (and the Danger of Wearing Too Many Hats)

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Board Games, the POW’s Secret Weapon

While this post made my site last summer too, family visits have me pulling out board games and remembering their role in history- I hope you find it as fascinating as I did! -Anne   My family loves games. We've spent many happy hours around the table, trying to discover if it was Miss Scarlett… Continue reading Board Games, the POW’s Secret Weapon

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Unarmed and Behind Enemy Lines: Cate Lineberry’s THE SECRET RESCUE

I've mentioned before that I love a good survivor story. While scouring my library's shelves for some writing research material, I came across Cate Lineberry's The Secret Rescue. I read the book's description- an escape from behind enemy lines by a whole plane-full of nurses and medics- and was immediately hooked. The story begins in the… Continue reading Unarmed and Behind Enemy Lines: Cate Lineberry’s THE SECRET RESCUE

Books, Film, History Class, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

“Scrap -Happy Daffy”: Salvage, Scrap and Cartoons in WWII

Welcome to Wednesday, and the last special post in the countdown to my book's launch! Tomorrow, I'll post one last Question of the Day and links to the old ones, but be aware, opportunities to enter the giveaway end at 12 noon PST, so make certain you get your answers in before then! A peek… Continue reading “Scrap -Happy Daffy”: Salvage, Scrap and Cartoons in WWII

Books, History Class, Life, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, World War I, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

Writing About the Army as a Civilian- How Hard Could It Be?

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?

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Ruth G. Haskell’s HELMETS AND LIPSTICK

In the post-Depression United States, nursing wasn't considered a particularly "nice" job for young, unmarried women. Still, in an uncertain world where jobs were scarce and educational opportunities limited, a nursing career offered a certain amount of security. With the onset of the Second World War, "secure" became a less apt word for a nurse's… Continue reading Ruth G. Haskell’s HELMETS AND LIPSTICK

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

The Ship Where WW2 Ended: Exploring the USS Missouri

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii holds a great deal of United States history. It was the site of the surprise attack that galvanized the U.S. into full participation in the Second World War. Within its peaceful blue waters, the wrecks of the USS Arizona and USS Utah rest as quiet memorials and tombs. The marble pillars memorializing the lives… Continue reading The Ship Where WW2 Ended: Exploring the USS Missouri

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

Exploring Pearl Harbor: The USS Utah and USS Oklahoma Memorials

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