All Blog Posts Tagged 'history' (52)

Ghost of the Forbidden City by Sumita Mukherjee

This is a wonderful children’s adventure story set in Beijing the capital of China.

The stars are Keiko, her brother Kenzo and their pet squirrel Eji. The brother and sister are very lucky because their father Mr Kimura is a brilliant scientist and his genius has rubbed off on Kenzo.

Kenzo is…

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Added by Susan Keefe on March 7, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

The science that sticks

I listen to a podcast on my way to work called Stuff You Missed in History Class. It touches on people I've never heard of before, takes a much deeper dive on stories that may have only gotten a paragraph in my history textbooks and offers up a lot of non-U.S. history, which I thoroughly enjoy.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 2, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

Knowing where you come from

On one girls-only weekend at the beach, one of my friends spent her time looking up her family ancestry. Occasionally, she would let us know about a branch of her family tree that she had discovered, and from listening to her talk, it sounded like her family was full of rogues and adventurers. (I am sure that there were pleasant, everyday people as well, but she didn't share those tales with us.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 5, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

Family Christmas Traditions - Washington's Crossing

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! After a long and super busy week full of birthday and Christmas celebrations, I finally had a moment to sit down, go through some photos, and jot down a few thoughts.



As you can tell, our little family is BIG on traditions. Even thought I come from a terribly dysfunctional family, we had quite a few of our own and…

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Added by Karla Gibbs on December 28, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments

The Reality of Christmas

She was a simple, small-town girl, a virgin whose obedience meant she was about to give birth to the long-awaited Messiah.

He was a carpenter, visited by an angel and called to a holy mission that would change not only his life, but the entire course of mankind.

It was…

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Added by Kishona Lape on December 22, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

History of Success from an Outstanding Woman

Do you notice wrinkles on your face after you wake up in the morning. They are called ‘sleep lines’ and become deeper and deeper with ages. Elizabeth Bloch, who was growing in Mumbai, India, made this problem her business. Why did she do this? She started to notice that in her 40s all methods she used…

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Added by Stacy Green on May 22, 2015 at 8:12am — No Comments

Interview with Joel Fox, author of ‘The Mark on Eve’

Joel Fox has spent over 30 years in California politics, serving on numerous state commissions, working on many ballot issue campaigns, and advising candidates. An adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University, Fox has authored hundreds of opinion pieces for numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal,Washington Post, USA…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on April 24, 2015 at 8:50am — No Comments

Helping boys remember

A few weeks ago, I thought my memory could use some work. But after talking with some friends about my memory gaps, I've determined that I have a pretty good memory. I can remember little details around my childhood; lectures that I attended in college and loads of details about my time with my wonderful husband.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 5, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

When the Drum Major Died by Anjuelle Floyd

A fascinating story.

When I started reading this book, the first thoughts which came into my mind were that, it’s amazing how ignorant one can be, about events which happened in your own…

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Added by Susan Keefe on August 13, 2014 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Lafitte’s Treasure by Joe Corso

This book begins way back in the past, and Governor Claiborne of…

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Added by Susan Keefe on July 21, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

For The Love of a Poet by Marilyn Z. Tomlins

Gerald Lombard, is on a mission, he is searching for Tanya Brodovskaya, he knows how to recognise her, and so he goes to Red Square, after all, he’s been told, she is always there ‘on any Wednesday.’ Then he sees her, just as she had been described to him, and she agrees to tell her story, and so the…

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Added by Susan Keefe on May 23, 2014 at 6:09am — No Comments

The right to be forgotten

There is a history podcast that I listen to (mostly in my car). In addition to telling me little-known stories about famous rulers, the podcast also spins tales about lesser-known figures. Sometimes the details that are included astound me - what people ate, how they spent their free time and even the exact reasons for their deaths.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 19, 2014 at 7:13am — 2 Comments

The childhood memories that fade

My son is telling me a story. It is a story about a day he spent just with me because Daddy was on a motorcycle trip. He tells me about the fun that we had during the day, including doing yoga together, making some blueberry oatmeal bars, cleaning the house, playing some board games together and then reading a new book together.



There was nothing special about the day - it was just a normal Saturday, but here's the thing: It's accurate. All the events he describes to me were…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 9, 2014 at 6:57am — No Comments

Uploading history to the family cloud (Or, that didn't happen to you, honey)

My husband and I have been together for 17 years. And during that time, we've shared a wonderful son, a collection of amazing travel photos and a series of shared memories. We share those memories even when we don't mean to.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on April 30, 2014 at 6:53am — 2 Comments

Celebrate Black History Month with F.W. Abel (author interview)



F.W. Abel was born in the city of New York, long ago enough to have not even been a teenager at the beginning of the Civil War Centennial.  He escaped from Fordham University with a degree in psychology into the U.S. Army.  The army had him function as a psychologist for a while, until he…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on February 23, 2014 at 3:58am — 1 Comment

New Release - Forebears by John Needham

A fascinating story of discovery spanning the 20th and 21st Centuries.

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 About the book:  When Jay Harding is given his grandmother June’s diary after her death he discovers a vivid picture depicting one Englishwoman’s life from childhood during the dark times of wartime Britain up to the present day. But he’s already learned dark secrets. Prior to her passing his…

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Added by Susan Keefe on February 10, 2014 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Engine 24 Fire Stories 2 by Joe Corso

Amazing stories from a retired fire fighter.

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About the book: Every firefighter has a treasure trove of interesting stories to tell and the stories more often than not are instructional as well as exciting. When I was a firefighter, I kept notes of the fires I responded to. Now that I am retired, I have reflected on my career as a firefighter and have written a second book about the men alongside…

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Added by Susan Keefe on November 4, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments

The Murder & Resurrection of Raggedy Ann

I love to pass down to my daughter things that I used to have when I was a little girl. It's like I'm sharing a tiny piece of my history with her.  For example, she has my old baby ring that she wears on a necklace, as well as some of my old baby clothes that she uses to dress up her stuffed animals.  And recently, she hit the ultimate jackpot when my mom came across my old Raggedy Ann doll up in the attic.  She was so excited to have…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on October 23, 2013 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Sweet Karoline’ by Catherine Astolfo

“I met Ethan on the day that I killed Karoline.”

Thus begins this psychological mystery. One has to admit, it is a great hooky first line for a book!

What if, in a moment of thoughtless anger, you were to wish your best friend’s demise, then, soon after, that friend ended up dead?

This is the story of our smart, beautiful,…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 25, 2013 at 4:17pm — No Comments

An Interview with Catherine Astolfo, Author of ‘Sweet Karoline’

Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education. She can recall writing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three, so she started finishing her books the day after her retirement became official. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of Canadian literary presses. Her story, “What Kelly Did”, won the prestigious Arthur…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 19, 2013 at 8:22am — No Comments

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