The Seraglio, World of Women

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Sometimes research for a novel takes a fiction writer in unexpected directions. When a complicated plot point led me to place a character in the Ottoman Seraglio as a teacher I had to… Continue reading

The Yellow Slave Trade

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This season of Hell On Wheels showcases the plight of the Chinese workers who helped build the railroad. One of the workers is a woman who disguises herself as a man and subjects herself… Continue reading

Clearing the Highlands

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MY HEART’S IN THE HIGHLANDS Robert “Rabbie” Burns Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North, The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth; Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, The hills of… Continue reading

Fueling the Imagination

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If you look up “fantasy world” in Wikipedia you will find a long list of entirely invented universes ranging from Atlantis to ZanZarah and sorted into categories by format: book, movie, video game.… Continue reading

National First Ladies’ Library, Canton, OH

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One of the great things about moving back to the state of your birth after many years of absence is discovering new and interesting tidbits that you never knew about when you were… Continue reading

Becoming Scots-Irish

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For Americans whose roots are deep in Appalachian soil, having “Scotch-Irish” (more correctly, Scots-Irish) heritage is a given. Many of us were raised on stories of ancestors migrating into the mountains of Virginia,… Continue reading

Seduced by the Story

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A man who is interested in what makes people tick doesn’t write history. He writes novels .. . A man who understands about people hasn’t any yen to write history. Josephine Tey, The… Continue reading

July 4th, 1776 or September 3, 1783?

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Independence Day is upon us once again. Time for parades on Main Street where officials will pontificate atop podiums draped in patriotic bunting, picnics in the nation’s parks, topped off by a vivid display… Continue reading

Simon the Fox, another Bit of Family Lore

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Over the past months, my posts on History Imagined have revealed a good bit of family history. Although our roots are deep in American soil, I know most likely where my ancestors originated… Continue reading

Grand Celebrations: Recall, Retell, Reenact

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Great events deserve celebration. Memorials and celebrations help children and adults alike learn from the past for the benefit of the future. With that in mind, this has been a great week for… Continue reading