In 1941, the United States entered the Second World War and the "war effort" became the job of the entire nation. From altered shopping choices on the homefront, to the call for volunteer plane spotters near the cost, to the military-themed songs on the radio, American life changed in countless ways. The role of American… Continue reading Avis D. Schorer’s A HALF ACRE OF HELL: A COMBAT NURSE IN WWII
2020 has done a great job of reminding me just how spoiled I am. (Maybe I should say "richly blessed with material goods." That sounds better.) I can't recall another time in my life when I wanted a staple item at the store (for instance, toilet paper) and was unable to find it. Those of… Continue reading Ration Books and Smart Shopping: Stretching U.S. Resources During WWII
Hello, Readers and Writers! Today, author and blogger Gail Johnson was kind enough to host me for an interview on her "Women of Faith and Fiction" spot on her blog. I hope you can stop by! -Anne Women of Faith and Fiction ~ Anne Clare — Gail Johnson I also read history books and first-hand… Continue reading Today I’m Out Visiting Gail Johnson’s Blog- Would You Like to Come Along?
With all of the extra time my family's been spending at home this summer, I've become aware of how addicted I am to good music. Every day in my house has a soundtrack. Heavy cleaning days require something loud and peppy—one of the many 80's mixes on CD shelf will usually do (yes, I still… Continue reading Musical Interlude: Artie Shaw’s “Star Dust”
Hello again, Readers and Writers! I hope this finds you all well. Today, I'm just popping in to share some news—my debut novel, Whom Shall I Fear?, turns one year old tomorrow! To celebrate, I've reduced the paperback price to $9.99 until the end of June. https://www.amazon.com/Whom-Shall-Fear-Anne-Clare/dp/1072975106/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1593277722&sr=8-1 In other news, I've been hard at work,… Continue reading It’s My Book’s Birthday!
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
Today marks the 75th anniversary of "V-E Day," the day in Second World War history when the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe. In remembrance, I decided to simply share a few images of the celebrations that took place around the world. Some you may recognize from last year, others are new additions. "The first flyers… Continue reading Images from Victory in Europe Day
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)
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
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