The National Road & The True Gateway to the West

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about Steubenville, OH and how it was, according to present day Steubenville residents, the real gateway to the west, long before St. Louis adopted the title. I… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Traditions

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Due to America’s great cultural and religious diversity, more Americans now celebrate Thanksgiving than they do Christmas. Most of us spent yesterday with family, cooking and eating a feast, usually involving a turkey,… Continue reading

Travels through Historical Fiction: the Cabinet War Rooms

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As we begin History Imagined’s second year, I am excited about beginning a new series of posts, as well. They will be organized around places distant and near that I have been fortunate… Continue reading

Question Everything

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There are moments, stunning in their clarity, when awareness of one’s own ignorance rises to the surface. A favorite book reminded me forcefully of that this week while researching a new novel. The… Continue reading

Franklin Castle–The Most Haunted House in Ohio

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Is it too late for Halloween stories? I think not. When I first moved back to Ohio, my sister drove me by a spooky old house in the Cleveland neighborhood of Ohio City.… Continue reading

Tunisian Interlude

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    After highlighting Casablanca and El Jadida, Morocco, I had not planned to write about other North African locations, but in light of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet receiving the 2015 Nobel… Continue reading

Maps, Markers, and Meandering: Place Matters

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When we moved to the urban wilds of Eastern Pennsylvania, it took some adjustment, but mostly that went smoothly. I’ve been here almost three years and have become comfortable. Besides the joy of… Continue reading

A Brief Tour of Steubenville, OH

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I had to go out of town last weekend for a wedding in southern Ohio. This was home to a large chunk of my ancestors–Monroe and Belmont counties, along the Ohio river– and… Continue reading

Moroccan Discovery

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For authors of historical fiction, research is a time consuming, but critical element that lends  authenticity to their work. Some hate it while others are completely absorbed in the wonders of tracking down… Continue reading

Of Popes and Politics

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As I write this, Pope Francis has arrived here in Philadelphia and my city has gone mad with joy. It seems as if the whole city has poured downtown to greet him. I… Continue reading