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The Long History of the Hedge Maze

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If you thought the hedge maze, or the more American version, especially in the fall, the corn maze, was an English tradition, you’d be sadly mistaken. The first such maze was invented more… Continue reading

Mr. Jefferson’s Roses

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For anyone who loves flowers, roses, orchards and a great vegetable garden, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA is a destination to put on your To-Do list. The house itself is brimming with… Continue reading

The Tobacco Brides

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  A couple years ago, I wrote an article for USA Today on how 45 authors got together and wrote 50 novellas about mail order brides. The trope of mail order brides has… Continue reading

Elizabeth Van Lew–Self-Taught Spy

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The Civil War was a trying time in America’s history, and brought out the best and worst in people. The nation divided itself into North and South, with the livelihood of the South… Continue reading