Category Archives: history

Women Veterans

“What book changed how you see the world and why?” My first thought is: “What book hasn’t? I have had many arguments with non-fiction-only readers who say that novels, poetry, etc. are a waste of time and don’t enrich your … Continue reading

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Despair and Hope: Hope Always Wins

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What book changed how you see the world and why?”  We’ve discussed favorite childhood books, compared books to their on-screen version, and even listed our all-time favorites, but this question really threw me for a loop. … Continue reading

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Family Time

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “What is your fondest childhood memory?” I’ve always loved to travel and see new places. I think that enjoyment began when I was young. My family didn’t travel much – I think Dad enjoyed it more … Continue reading

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Old Dreams

“If you could live anywhere in the world with no expenses to consider, where would you live? Why?” I am not sure the perfect place exists, but I would give it a shot. “Expenses” is generally a big consideration, but … Continue reading

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Like a Kid Again

When I proposed this week’s topic “Tell us about books that you have introduced to by your children/grandchildren”, it was because we had already touched upon just about every angle related to books we loved as children, and I realized … Continue reading

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Well, Hello Dahl

A quick review this week for two books, but one story, and only about the first quarter of the whole story. I’m talking about a life, the life of Roald Dahl. I still don’t know everything about the man,  but … Continue reading

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My Literary Legacy

Our resident hound asked, “If you could be remembered (as an author) for only ONE of your books… which book would you choose? Why that one?” In the past ten years, I’ve been fortunate to have sixteen stories published through … Continue reading

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A Family Hero

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “Is there a certain ancestor that you wish you could travel back in time to spend a year with? What do you hope to learn? Why that relative?”   At first I thought I’d already written a … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer]

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer] I picked up Alexa Kang’s “Shanghai Story” for something a little different to read.I had no idea just how different it would be. It is the bravest piece of work that I have … Continue reading

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Story Time

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “Do you have a favorite story about your family that has been passed down, or one that you hope will get passed down?” My father’s family has only been in America since 1915, and most of … Continue reading

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