Monthly Archives: November 2016

With Gladness: Civil War Christmas

Yes, With Gladness has a short story set in the American Civil War. Someday it will happen: I’ll write publish a book that doesn’t have a tie to the 1860’s. But it hasn’t happened yet, and probably won’t in the … Continue reading

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1861: “I Am Half-Mad With Vexation And Despair”

London 30 Nov. 1861 My dear Boy If I thought the state of things bad last week you may imagine what I think of them now. In fact I consider that we are dished, and that our position is hopeless. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Kid’s Books: The Pilgrims at Plymouth

Yeah, I know – it’s the day after Thanksgiving. Which means you’re probably anxious to get to a sale (or maybe you’re standing in a line and reading this) or you’re getting ready to retrieve your holiday decorations from the … Continue reading

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With Gladness: California Ranchos

California is my native state. I was born, raised, and still live here. It’s sort of ironic that the focus of my history studies are on places, events, and people thousands of miles away…especially when I have such wonderful history … Continue reading

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1861: “Extremely Ornamental”

November 1861 Hanging Pincushion and Needle-book This little article is extremely ornamental when completed, and possesses the advantage of being also useful. A little case, like a book-cover, is cut out in cardboard; a similar shaped piece of velvet or … Continue reading

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Crafting With Gladness: Map Ornaments

Last Christmas craft blog post for today – watch for another craft day later in the holiday season! “It’s because we’re farther north. Far from home,” Grandfather sighed. (East To West – short story in With Gladness, page 33). Do … Continue reading

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