History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

D-Day, 2020

June 6, 2020, marks the 76th anniversary of D-Day. On this day, after being ousted from Europe in 1939, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. If you're rusty on the events of D-Day, I highly recommend checking out this link to a slideshow prepared by the U.S. National Archives last year. It's an… Continue reading D-Day, 2020

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Before He Was Scotty: James Doohan and World War II

Some familiar faces showed up recently in my Facebook feed*. Of course, I'd guess that the faces of the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series would be familiar to almost any "Trekkie,"  even if these photos are from before their days of space exploration. While I've been a lifelong Trek fan, the crew of… Continue reading Before He Was Scotty: James Doohan and World War II

Books, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2

World War II in Norway: ANOTHER MAN’S SHOES by Sven Sømme

I'm always on the lookout for true stories of the Second World War--whether stories of a family heirloom's history, tales of spies and subterfuge, or histories of courage even in the face of imprisonment. Today I'd like to share one of these stories with you-- Sven Sømme's, Another Man's Shoes. https://www.amazon.com/Another-Mans-Shoes-Sven-Somme-ebook/dp/B078CZ341W/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Another+man%27s+shoes+sven+somme&qid=1587257615&s=dmusic&sr=8-1 Twenty years after her father's… Continue reading World War II in Norway: ANOTHER MAN’S SHOES by Sven Sømme

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

The Bride’s Trunk: A Story of War and Reconciliation

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

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle of Midway Part III: The Sinking of The Yorktown

With the release of Hollywood's newest take on a Second World War battle- succinctly titled Midway- only a week away, it's high time for me to finish my little series on the history of the Battle of Midway. I also need to decide if I should start looking for a babysitter to see it in… Continue reading The Battle of Midway Part III: The Sinking of The Yorktown

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

Visiting the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Near the end of summer, two of the smaller Clares and I found ourselves wandering around Bainbridge Island, WA. Bainbridge Island is both a city and an island, resting in Puget Sound across from Seattle and only connected to Kitsap Peninsula (an offshoot of the larger Olympic Peninsula) by a two-lane bridge. It's filled with… Continue reading Visiting the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Books, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

This is It! Final Giveaway Chances!

This is it! This is the end of my Book Launch Giveaway! Tomorrow, my e-book will be available on Amazon! Hopefully the paperback will be as well... (If you didn't see my last, there have been some complications, which mean that the paperback is now waiting for someone...somewhere...to give it the final green light. I'm… Continue reading This is It! Final Giveaway Chances!

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

Playing Cards and Plane Spotting

Well, this post is going up a little later today than I intended- our neighborhood's internet died, and they haven't managed to resuscitate it yet! Now that I've found a place to plug in, I'm happy to welcome you to another day in my series of special posts counting down my book launch this Friday,… Continue reading Playing Cards and Plane Spotting