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!)

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

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

As I stagger towards the NaNoWriMo finish line this week (that's not as much of an exaggeration as I'd like it to be) and prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I'm VERY thankful that I have another excellent guest post to share with you today.  Today, author and blogger Mike Biles returns to share more of the… Continue reading Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part II)

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part 1)

Today, I'm pleased to welcome author and blogger Mike Biles. He's graciously provided two posts (one for this week, one for next) on the fascinating history of Bletchley Park- the headquarters of WWII code breakers. I hope you enjoy this piece of history as much as I did! This is Bletchley Park. To all intents and… Continue reading Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part 1)

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

Musical Interlude: “Lili Marlene”

It has been common for armies in history to adopt songs as their own- almost as "theme songs" for their particular group or war. War songs range in tone and topic from the American Civil War's "Battle Hymn of the Republic", to "Over There"-George M. Cohan's rally cry to American troops, to Britain's WWI "It's… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “Lili Marlene”

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle Of Midway Part II: The U.S. Aircraft Carriers Enter the Battle

As Hollywood prepares to launch Midway,  its newest big screen portrayal of a World War II battle, I've been reading up on the battle's history. (Hollywood's timing proved very convenient for me, as the Battle of Midway was the next topic I intended to cover anyway- considerate of the movie producers, wasn't it? While real… Continue reading The Battle Of Midway Part II: The U.S. Aircraft Carriers Enter the Battle

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle of Midway Part I: On the Screen and in History

  Hollywood's at it again. This Veteran's Day weekend will see the release of another film depicting events from the Second World War: Midway.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9laReRAYFk The Battle of Midway- a major turning point for the United States in the Pacific Theater- has already been made into at least one motion picture. Released in 1976,… Continue reading The Battle of Midway Part I: On the Screen and in History

Books, Deepest Fears, Life, Motherhood, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

This June, after years of research, rewrites, and editing, I published my first novel. Putting my paper and binding "baby" out into the world was exhilarating, terrifying,  exhausting... but it's done! That mountain is scaled! And then... I had the first reader ask, "When's the next one coming out?!" Don't misunderstand me- having people ask… Continue reading The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

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, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing Inspiration

Feeling Grateful For a Full Fridge: On Rationing and the Black Market in WWII Britain

For today's post, I'm pleased to direct you over to author Gail Kittleson's site, where she was kind enough to feature me as a guest blogger! Stop over to check out my article on rationing and the black market in WWII Britain- times that make me thankful for my full pantry and the well-stocked grocery… Continue reading Feeling Grateful For a Full Fridge: On Rationing and the Black Market in WWII Britain