Momming Monday: Memorial Day

Mothers the world over, from age to age, have never been unaware of the costs of war. Whether it’s watching husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, march off to the battlefield, welcoming them home when they are unwhole and scarred, burying them when they don’t...

International Woman’s Day

Alice Paul and the Suffragettes break it down on the 19th Amendment. Go check out Soomo Publishing‘s page for more so-awesome-it-hurts history. Also…check out today’s Google Doodle....

Friday Free-For-All

I have this thing for alliteration, can you tell? This Space Is Occupied From the comfort of my rural exercise ball, I have been avidly watching livestream and youtube coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. As a GenXer, I’m amazed that there are so many...

Always Moving Forward

Even though my Friday posts are usually about history, this week, I’m talking about what to do after history happens. You move forward. You remember what happened, you try to puzzle out as much “why” as you can when often there’s precious...

The Battle Of Blair Mountain: Still Fighting

When it comes to battlefields, we all know Bunker Hill, Lexington and Concord, Gettysburg, Ft. Sumter, and more recently, Pearl Harbor and Ground Zero. But there’s a much lesser-known historical battle site that’s right in our backyard, and its tale is as...

Taking A Trip

It’s the last full week of summer vacation here, and like everybody, we are cramming a much summer fun in as we can. So we’re on a trip. There’s another trip I’m excited about, and it’s one I took a few days ago. And it was inside a book....

(Hopefully Not) The End of an Era

Last week, our Space Shuttle Atlantis completed its final mission, having taken to the skies and left our Mother Earth’s gravitational embrace 33 times. The landing of Atlantis ended an era of manned space flight that’s punctuated our history and inspired...

Heat: It’s Nothing New

So I was sauteing chicken on the driveway yesterday when one of my kids comes around the corner from the deck where he’s smacking wasp nests out of the grill and he says to me, “Mom, I think it’s the hottest day that’s ever been.” I was...

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