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Historical Tidbit – a/k/a Future Story Idea?

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in History | 1 comment

British War Widows Will Go to Canada Thousands of British war widows and their children are to be transferred to Canada with the expectation that many women will be married to Canadian farmers, according to plans outlined here today by David Lam of London, commissoner of the International Emigration Society of the Salvation Army. He added that no women will be sent before arrrangements have been made for their employment and the rate of emigration will depend entirely upon the ability of Canada to absorb them. (Source: The Oklahoma City Times, Nov. 20,...

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April 19, 1995 – What Remains

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in History, Oklahoma | 3 comments

Twenty years ago today I was eight months pregnant with our first child. Coy and I were young – married for less than two years – and still trying to find that happy distribution of chores, for which we are still searching. Having recently resigned from my job at our church office, I figured I was the one with the time to mow, so I was dressing in my yard work clothes that morning…those that I could still fit into…when I heard thunder. Immediately I went to the window and looked at the sky. Odd, there wasn’t a cloud in sight. But since storms usually come in from the west, I went to the kitchen to look. Nothing. How weird. I knew I heard thunder. My phone rang. It was Coy. He worked at a commercial laundry plant in...

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Hartville, Missouri – Civil War Festival & Booksigning

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in History | 2 comments

Civil War Festival and BookSigning April 24th – 26th, 2015 Hartville, Missouri   Come join me in Hartville, Missouri, for a big shindig in April! There’ll be dancing and singing, shooting and hooting. And I’ll be speaking on: “A Look Behind the Book: Bringing History to Life Through Fiction.” That’ll be on Saturday, April 25th at 1:00 up on the hill. I’d love to see you there!   Complete Schedule: Friday, April 24, 2015 6:00 – 10:00 – Registration & Check-in of  reenactors & vendors 10:00 – 3:00 – School Day (Also open to public) 10:00 – Sutler & modern food tents open 12:00 – Civil War Speaker 5:00 – Camps Close Saturday, April 25, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 – Registration & Check-in of reenactors & vendors 9:00 – Camps, food, & sutler tents open 10:00 – Reenactors Drill Activities @ Camps 11:00 –...

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The Best Cookie in the World

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in History, Holidays | 4 comments

My friend Shanna has the gifts of cooking and hospitality and come Christmas time, these two gifts go into overdrive. For the last several years she has baked cookies for friends and family, but not just Grandma’s sugar cookies. No, she’s put together a sampler of Christmas cookies from all over Europe to reflect her heritage. We’re talking ELEVEN different types of cookies that she bakes by the dozens. Yep, she’s amazing, and I thought you might want to hear more about her International Cookie Project. Shanna, thanks for taking time out of all the baking to write my blogpost for me…I mean, to do an interview! Tell me about your Christmas cookies and how this tradition got started. Shanna: I have always been fascinated with my heritage.  I wonder what my ancestors’ lives were like in the ‘old’...

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Say “Yes!” to the Dress

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Caught in the Middle, History | 38 comments

I’ve always envied the ladies of the 19th century for their wardrobes. Yes, I know the dresses were tight, hot and probably smelled like B.O., but they looked so pretty! I used to spin around in my Easter dresses with the cancans, but I knew that if I only had one of those old-fashioned dresses, it would stand out like that permanently, without making me dizzy! Even after I grew up, I longed for a dress like that. I’d watch period dramas and try to play it cool but inside I was whispering, “Some day I will have one of you. Some day you will be mine!” So imagine my delight, when a very nice lady contacted me through this website and told me that she was the seamstress who created the lovely red dress on the “Caught in the...

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Warning About Your Local Retailer

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in History | 0 comments

The following was printed in the jewelry section of the 1897 Sears & Roebuck Catalog. Talk about advertising propaganda! PLAIN TALK for your BENEFIT We Beg of You to Read it All, It Will Open Your Eyes A few years ago such a things as sending away for goods was almost unknown, but now the custom is becoming so popular that it bids fair to soon be the medium for purchasing the larger portion of goods the consumer uses… Retail dealers, however, undertake to convince their customers that all advertising houses will swindle them. We shall take the position of fighting them with their own weapons. We will…undertake to give you the points and you can draw yours own conclusions.      The retailer’s hobby is to make himself socially as popular as possible, and if his town supports...

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