History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The USS Lexington: Aircraft Carrier AND Temporary Power Plant

"USS Lexington (CV-2) supplying power to the city of Tacoma, Washington between December 1929 and January 1930" Image Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command While this site generally focuses on the period of the Second World War, in my current research books I encountered one of the ships that I'd written about before—the… Continue reading The USS Lexington: Aircraft Carrier AND Temporary Power Plant

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part II)

  Hello again Readers, Writers and Lovers of History! I've reached an exciting personal milestone—my second novel, "Where Shall I Flee?" is off to the editor, and I've started lining things up with my cover designer! I'm looking forward to getting the text back into my hands to work through editorial notes, but sending it off… Continue reading Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part II)

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

Preserving a Piece of History

"Troops of the US Army 2nd Infantry Division march up the bluff at the E-1 draw in the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on D+1, June 7, 1944. They are going past the German bunker, Widerstandsnest 65 (WN 65), that defended the route up the Ruquet Valley to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer." US Army Signal Corps, Public domain, via… Continue reading Preserving a Piece of History

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

Musical Interlude: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

"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”

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

A Strange Easter

For the last fifteen years, my family has followed a regular pattern for this week--Holy Week. After the Palm Sunday singing and kids getting into shenanigans with the palm branches, we return to worship four days later, on Maundy Thursday evening. We celebrate Communion, remember Christ's betrayal, and prepare for Good Friday. Friday evening's solemn… Continue reading A Strange Easter

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

My Review of Midway, 2019 (Finally!)

Well. It's been a while since I've posted, hasn't it? The first two months of 2020 have been characterized by a hectic schedule and illness. Between playing chauffer for my eldest child's first foray into grade school basketball, being knocked flat by some nasty iteration of the flu, and a taking on a bunch of… Continue reading My Review of Midway, 2019 (Finally!)