The Pastry Chef

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As England slipped from the Georgian era into the Victorian and the sun no longer set on the British Empire, the country produced a bumper crop of interesting people: rogues, villains, explorers, heroes,… Continue reading

Seeds of Survival, Bernard McMahon’s Contribution to America

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I started to write this post about the gardens of Monticello, located near Charlottesville, VA, and home of our nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson. But the more I read about how his vast estate… Continue reading

Living History: Funk Heritage Center Preserving the Past for the Future, Part I

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In a beautiful corner of northwest Cherokee County, Georgia lies Waleska, a village that boasts one traffic light and the United Methodist associated Reinhardt University. I could write volumes about what the college… Continue reading

Where the Roads of Imagination Lead

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If fiction fuels the mind, historical fiction poured jet fuel into mine from early on. It created a lifelong fascination with history and pushed me to question everything I read. Why question? At… Continue reading

Happy New Year 2017 from Becky, Caroline, & Linda!!

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King’s College Choir at Christmas

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Music is so closely associated with Christmas that without it, the holiday would be an entirely different experience. Between Advent and Epiphany, choirs singing hymns and carols are heard in nearly every location… Continue reading

Christmas Pusan, 1950

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On December 25, 1950, General Edward Almond arrived in Pusan, South Korea along with the very last of the refugees from Hungnam in the north following a horrific military disaster. Chinese forces pushed… Continue reading

The Van Buren Sisters

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I took a break from watching Hallmark Christmas stories last week, and scrolled through the other offerings on television. I landed on a show about the town of Sturgis, SD, long-known for its… Continue reading

Living History: Cades Cove Under Threat

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As I write this on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, one of my favorite places on earth is burning out of control. It was the family vacation spot of my childhood and holds a… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Without the Pilgrims

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November moves along and it is time for tall black hats, turkey, and indigenous peoples in highly incorrect head dresses. In the United States we all know the drill: the Pilgrim Fathers of… Continue reading