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Why You Should Send Your Child Back to School With Allergy Labels

Even though families across the country are at home during the COVID-19 quarantine seemingly for months, it is important to remember that life will eventually return to normal. That means schools, daycares, playdates, and summer camps will eventually be in full swing again and it is critical to be prepared. Not only will our…

4 Romantic Birthday Gifts from Oil Painting Pictures

Couple portrait on canvas by a professional art studio created in a bold, realistic style

A romantic gift can make the difference between an ordinary flat night and an extraordinary evening with your mate. If your lover last year wowed you with their thoughtfulness or if you want to steal the moment with a dramatic gesture, there is a romantic birthday gift for even the most serious and practical.

When choosing the ideal birthday gift, the rule is to be thoughtful and confidently give…

8 Awesome Ways Your Teens Can Cope With the COVID-19 Quarantine

Now that much of the country is under heavy quarantine, parents are desperate for ideas about how to keep their kids busy and still learning. That's true from their little ones to their teens. Across the Net there have been a ton of ideas for little kids, but what about teens? Cabin fever will set in on them a little quicker because they are used to more…


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Melina Druga's Blog – March 2019 Archive (8)

Elizabeth Cochran’s Heroic Actions to Expose Corruption at Blackwell’s Island Women’s Asylum

The Blackwell’s Island Asylum was the first civic mental hospital in the city of New York. Starting in the early 1830s, it was established to take care of the large number of indigent insane. Within the first decade of its opening, conditions were described by some of the staff to the commissioners in charge as “a miserable refuge.”



Added by Melina Druga on March 27, 2019 at 10:42am — No Comments

Author Interview with Sarah Margolis Pearce

Sarah Margolis Pearce stops by my blog today as part of the Widow Creek Blog Tour for her  historical fiction novel Widow Creek.  The tour is sponsored by Sage's Blog Tours.

 Q. How many working titles did you go through before deciding on Widow Creek?

Margolis Pearce:  It was always Widow Creek.…


Added by Melina Druga on March 26, 2019 at 11:11am — No Comments

A Review of Finding Wonderland: More Contemporary Than Historical Fiction

Finding Wonderland by Mary Van Winkle is a mixed-genre novel, a combination of contemporary fiction, historical fiction and science fiction.


Van Winkle considers her novel a re-imaging of Alice in Wonderland.  It has been years since I read Alice in Wonderland, and there were only a couple of scenes that reminded me of the children’s story. …


Added by Melina Druga on March 21, 2019 at 10:42am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Joe Matlock

Joe Matlock lived in two residential foster homes from the ages of five to 18. On his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the Marines.  By the time he left the service, nearly 20 years later, he had become a fighter pilot.

Matlock opened an ice rink in San Antonio, TX, and later retired to a small farm.


Matlock is the author of…


Added by Melina Druga on March 19, 2019 at 10:06am — No Comments

9 Doctor Who Episodes Set During the Victorian Era

It’s no secret I love history and historical fiction, but I also love science fiction, specifically sci-fi television shows.  One of my favorites is Doctor Who.  Maybe it’s the brainy yet quirky and socially awkward main character.  Maybe it’s the dash of humor in every adventure.  Or maybe it’s the time travel.  After all, what better connects all my loves than an episode about time travel?  This list of Doctor Who episodes set during the…


Added by Melina Druga on March 13, 2019 at 10:02am — No Comments

Changes to My Blog Subscribers List

Recently, the email subscribers widget on my website installed an update.  It now no longer functions properly and does not email blog post updates to subscribers.  As a consequence, I have moved all blog update subscribers to the newsletter mailing list. 


If you were a blog update subscriber using the email subscribers widget, you will need to reconfirm your email…


Added by Melina Druga on March 11, 2019 at 4:15pm — No Comments

A Review of Kelegeen: Finding Purpose in Lean Times

Set in the mid- to late- 1840s, Kelegeen by Eileen O’Finlan will surely spark readers’ interest in doing research on the Irish Potato Famine.


The title comes from an Irish parish where the majority of the people rent from English landlords.  Their lives are so tenuous that their fates hang in the balance and can be altered quickly by one bad harvest or one dead…


Added by Melina Druga on March 7, 2019 at 9:42am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Honeysuckle Pear

Honeysuckle Pear was born with asthma and allergies, and her skin sensitivity is three times what it should be. Later in life, thanks to an MRI, she learned she suffered not from asthma but from a condition called Bronchiectasis. This diagnosis ensured her doctor could finally prescribe the proper medications.

When she was 12 years old, Pear realized she was doomed to be an office worker, a future she did not…


Added by Melina Druga on March 5, 2019 at 9:53am — No Comments

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