Tracking Our Ancestors

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By now, most everyone has at least heard of the various internet sites that can help you track your genealogy. Ancestry.com and 23andMe are two of the best. Ancestry.com joined forces in 2013… Continue reading

Living the Gilded Life: Snowbirds’ Retreat

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Unless one has been completely out of touch for the last few years, one is surely aware of the PBS phenom, Downton Abbey, written by master storyteller Julian Fellowes. The story line begins… Continue reading

Catastrophe and Compassion

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Like my colleague Becky Lower, I am moved by generosity in hard times.   Researching fiction always takes us in unexpected directions. This week was no exception. While researching floods along the east… Continue reading

Simple Acts of Kindness

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In these scary times we’re all living through, I find myself searching the newspapers and airwaves for some feel-good stories. I am fortunate enough to live in a small town where neighbors know… Continue reading

Ragtime Man

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As a life-long amateur musician interested in musicology, I was surprised to see the subject of today’s post listed in the New York Times as being overlooked by history. It is hard to understand… Continue reading

The Viking Cathedrals

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Do you think of Vikings as builders of Cathedrals? You can be excused if you say no. When you think about Vikings, if you do so at all, your image is likely to… Continue reading

The Polio Field Trials

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It may seem as if we’re living in uncharted times, but COVID-19 is only the most recent pandemic to roll across the country with no regard to state lines, age, race, or gender.… Continue reading

The Man Who Invented Hand Washing

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Before Louis Pasteur, there was Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865), a Hungarian obstetrician who developed a theory that saved lives, but was ridiculed and ultimately rejected for his efforts. Born July 1, 1818 in Buda,… Continue reading

The Child Star

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Every writer knows that research, vital as it is for a writer of historical fiction, can lead you into a rabbit warren of facts, information, and ideas until you’ve wandered far from your… Continue reading

Virgin Soil Epidemics

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Although it seems as if we are living through uncharted times, epidemics are not something new in this world. Throughout history, as travel to other countries became the norm, diseases were spread from… Continue reading