With Gladness: Vietnam Conflict

with-gladness-coverThere’s a lot of irony in that title, isn’t there? Gladness and joy usually aren’t the terms we associate with the Vietnam Conflict. Why did I even put a story with that setting in the Christmas story collection? I try to write realistically in my historical fiction. That involves research (especially in the bigger novels where there are lots of details). It also involves avoiding the cliché – at least attempting.

It might be cliché to have every Christmas story ending happily. I believe in satisfactory endings, but it doesn’t always have to be sunshine and roses. (In An Unbroken Circle, it’s evergreens and baby’s breath flowers – lots of symbolism in that choice.)

I didn’t start writing this blog post to justify my story plot choices. You’ll either like it or you’ll move on to the last story. This article will attempt to share some history on the Vietnam Conflict. Believe me, it’s a topic that can’t be fully covered even in a 500 page non-fiction book, but we’ll try to let our simplified 800 word blog post give you a little more insight to the setting of the short story. Continue reading

Crafting With Gladness: Christmas Wreath From Tissue Paper

3 of 4 crafts on Gazette665 today!

tissue paper christmas wreathWreaths are a popular holiday decoration. Whether they’re artificial or natural, they are a traditional feature on doors and walls.

They are also placed on gravestones of loved ones to remember them during the Christmas season. (An organization called Wreaths Across America helps place evergreen wreaths on tombstones in National Cemeteries across the country). In With Gladness’s short story on the Vietnam Conflict, a Christmas wreath plays a special role in the tale.

For this project, we’ll show you how to make a wreath out of tissue paper. Our test crafters had way too much fun with this decoration, and we hope you’ll enjoy it also. Continue reading