History Read Along – Inferno: The World at War, Chapters 3-4

Welcome back, readers! Whether you’re reading the full history book or just the notes version on the blog, it’s time to dive into Chapters 3 and 4 of Inferno: The World At War and discussion some more World War II history.

As a reminder, the blog notes version are recommended as a resource for children interested in the subject; the book is written for a mature audience.

Here are a few historical notes from the next two chapters in the read-along, and if you need to catch up, here are the notes from last week too! Continue reading

History Read Along – Inferno: The World At War, Chapters 1 & 2

Are you doing the summer read-along? Did you start Inferno: The World At War this past week? I realized I didn’t clarify how many chapters of World War II history I’ll be reading each week in the introductory blog post (sorry!). Just two chapters each week.

We should probably note that this book is not suitable for children, even if they are voracious readers. If you’re looking for World War II history books for children, please check out the booklist on that era’s resource page.

Here are a few historical notes from the first two chapters in the read-along: Continue reading

Tea With Sarah: 4th Birthday, Summer Plans

Good afternoon, it’s time for tea!

Downstairs from my desk, it’s graduation day. So tea will be short and sweet today since I don’t want to be late for my youngest brother’s graduation party.

Summer is definitely here in Southern California. (It was 95 degrees when I ran errands yesterday.) I thought it might be fun to talk about some summer happenings and plans, and I’d love to hear about yours too.

If this was a real tea party, I think we’d be sneaking cupcakes from the graduation party and probably some lemonade!  Continue reading

Reconstructing Your Bookshelf

In 2017, a blog reader sent me a book recommendation. He was so anxious for me to read this book that he even offered to send me his copy of the book by mail. I appreciated the offer but was able to save everyone the shipping costs by finding the book at the library.

Today, I wanted to share about this insightful book about Reconstruction Era tragedies and also challenge you to consider the books on your shelf about the post-Civil War times. Continue reading

Women and 19th Century Literature

If a person knows how to write, they will write something. A shopping list, letter, journal, recipe, book, novel, thesis paper. Through the centuries, women had written, but they didn’t always receive much attention or much help from publishers. In mid-19th Century America, a change started to occur in attitudes toward women, writing, and publishing. Against this backdrop, fictional character Susan Rose Arnold scribbles poetry, wonders if someday it could be published, and meets a woman who regularly writes for publications.

“Miss Shermann,” I said as I guided her up to her room after the evening meal, “what do you write? If you don’t mind my question.” She had perfect manners and the most fascinating way of controlling the conversation at the table, without seeming to be in charge.

“It depends,” she replied, smiling. “Sometimes short stories. Sometimes information about travel or the impracticality of these beautiful ladies’ fashions. Anything I can sell to a newspaper or magazine.” (Lighthouse Loyalty, Chapter 18)

Today, we’ll highlight some mid-19th Century female authors and the changing world of publishing.  Continue reading