We are now three weeks into our quarantine. Three weeks into homeschooling, three weeks into food and supply rationing, three weeks into shutting off the news because I simply can't take one more ounce of doom and gloom. My mood fluctuates. Some days I feel like we're doing okay, like we're getting things down, that … Continue reading COVID-19 + Quarantine = Writer’s Block?
Springtime in the southern plains. Although the days of the black dusters have long-since passed, March and April still bring with them the ferocious winds that once doomed the barren grasslands. While gone are the dunes that once piled against fences and buried unfortunate automobiles, stick around long enough and you might still see a … Continue reading The Czar, The River, and the Thistle
I've put off writing this for awhile because I didn't know what to say. I was struggling with the same questions most of us are struggling with: How serious is the coronavirus? What am I going to do for childcare now that my kids are out of school? How will I educate them? How will … Continue reading Pandemic Thoughts, Part #1
March 14 marks 140 years since the birth of Albert Einstein, the renown physicist, Nobel Prize winner, and father of the atomic age. Or was he? Although the first two labels are most certainly correct, the third moniker--though widely-held--may not be entirely correct. Especially if you ask Einstein himself. Born in Ulm, Germany in 1879 … Continue reading Einstein’s “Greatest Mistake”
In the early 1900's, bolstered by the tune of "every man a landlord," thousands flocked West, hoping to snag a piece of Manifest Destiny and the American dream. Land was cheap, hope was high, and there was nothing standing between a man and his homestead but a few weeks' travel and a little elbow grease. … Continue reading Home Sweet…Hole?
There's no new #historyfriday post today because today I finally get to tell you about some non-history related news! I am excited to share that my debut novel, If It Rains, will be released in Summer 2021 by Tyndale House Publishers! In case you're not an avid reader of Publisher's Weekly, here's the blurb released earlier this week: I … Continue reading A Little Bit of News
New York City was dirty. Fueled by rapid industrial and population growth, by the early 1930s New York City had swelled to almost seven million people. Immigrants seeking a better life, rural Americans seeking better pay, and hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life seeking the fun, excitement, and culture of a … Continue reading The Dust Bowl Takes on NYC
The holidays have come and gone, leaving most of us with lighter wallets, tighter pants, and weeks upon weeks of endless winter drear on the horizon. My head is filled with dreams of somewhere warm and green, the sound of the ocean in my ears and the smell of salt in my hair... ...and I'm … Continue reading Captain Cook and the Complicated Legacy of the Sandwich Islands
#historyfriday is on holiday hiatus until January 16. Until then, here is a picture of my very old and very grouchy dachshund, Oksar, who hates all things, but especially Christmas (probably because I force him to do things like this.) Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Year's! See you … Continue reading Holiday Hiatus!
As the 1930's wore on, the rain still refused to fall on parts of Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. The dusters got worse, health deteriorated, and money grew scarce as crops withered and what would come to be known as the Great Depression tightened its grip on the country. Every-day life became a battle against … Continue reading Christmas in the Dust