D-Day

On this day in 1944, thousands of teenagers and young adults whose parents survived the Flu Pandemic of 1918 and who grew up during the Great Depression stormed the beaches of Normandy and saved the world.  They chose to be awesome despite crappy childhoods and poverty-stricken parents.  So, suck it up, Buttercup.  Get out there and…

Queen Elizabeth II on the Throne

Queen Elizabeth II ascended the English Throne 65 years ago today.  https://www.royal.uk/ A working knowledge of the British Monarchy is the backbone to understanding our own history.  Most Americans make the impatient mistake of lumping them in with other celebrities.  But, how many actors do you know who can trace their ancestry back a thousand…

Anne of a Thousand Days

I don’t know about other writers, but there are stories in my head I really do not want to tell for various reasons.  One of them is set in Tudor England.  Part of my problem with it is that time period has been done to death, largely because it was so well recorded.  How can…

A Vintage Christmas

I let out an audible ‘Squeeee!’ in the store yesterday when I saw all the newly displayed Christmas trees and decorations.  We need a new tree this year and I can’t wait to find the perfect one.  It got me thinking about planning the big family get-together, what to have for dinner and for breakfast,…

Diana, Princess of Wales

The Archbishop of Canterbury said her wedding was the stuff of which fairytales are made. 1960 – 1997  This past week marked the 19th anniversary of her tragic car accident. Some say the Archbishop was wrong.  I say he was right…in a round about way.  Diana came to us a shy teenager and she left a…