Elizabeth Loring–Patriot or Loyalist?

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  One of the best parts of writing historical romance is stumbling across little known characters who in their own small way affected the outcome of history. One of these is Elizabeth Loring,… Continue reading

The Swamp Fox: Hero of the Revolution

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One of my writing passions is taking those tantalizing footnotes of history and weaving stories around them. Celebrating Independence Day got me thinking about heroes and reminded me that there are some who… Continue reading

George Washington’s Tent

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History is made up of people, places, events—and objects. Among the latter Washington’s Marquee (his campaign tent) stands out, if only for its arc of American history. I first saw the tent at… Continue reading

America’s Revolutionary War

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I don’t know if it’s America’s fascination with the Broadway musical “Hamilton” or if it’s a wish to get back to our roots, but lately a lot has been discussed about the Revolutionary… Continue reading

Battery 223 and a Day at the Beach

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One of the joys of moving east is how close we are to the coast. When I discovered I could lunch at Cape May and enjoy a day at the shore and still… Continue reading

Rosie the Riveter

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As this week marks the 75th anniversary of Rosie the Riveter, the iconic symbol of women filling in for men at industrial job sites while they were fighting an overseas war, it’s a good… Continue reading

War and Remembrance: the Origins of Memorial Day

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At the end of America’s bloodiest conflict, there was scarcely a household North or South that had not suffered loss. Estimates of the dead due to combat, accidents, starvation, and disease range from… Continue reading

The Simple Saints

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My previous posts about colorful Victorians have covered a wide range of eccentric entrepreneurs, con artists, and whatnot. Today’s subjects’ eccentricity—if I dare call it that—consisted in dogged devotion to religion and unwavering… Continue reading

Bonnie and Clyde–Just A Fun-Loving Pair

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Next week marks the anniversary of the death of the infamous and colorful gangster duo of Bonnie and Clyde. But in order to truly appreciate this pair and the lives they led, you… Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo: It’s a Texas Thing

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Last Sunday was Cinco de Mayo and we Texans celebrated it like we are all of Hispanic heritage. Many people hold the mistaken notion that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain,… Continue reading