War Stories

Saving and sharing the memories of our past before they're lost and gone forever

July 29, 2020

     With all the discussion about COVID-19 and reopening schools, I have been reminded of another time in our country’s history when going to school was complicated and unsure. During World War II, education suffered. Many students and teachers dropped out of school t...

December 18, 2019

     Everyone wants to feel joy at Christmas, but imagine being in war and thousands of miles away from family and friends without the internet and social media. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same! To help raise troop morale, the USO provided special entertainment dur...

November 1, 2019

     Thanksgiving Day during World War II was not the same for most American families. They were separated from loved ones fighting in the war. Rations were saved, and improvises were made to make a modest version of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, while the United...

October 4, 2019

     Do you know which famous song was first published in 1913 and recorded by such musical greats as Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Sammy Kaye, Harry James, Doris Day, Aretha Franklin, Patsy Cline, Wayne Newton, Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Olivia N...

August 29, 2019

     While exploring Savannah, GA with my boys this summer, we made an interesting discovery! On Broughton Street, right next to their favorite toy and comic book store and diagonally across from my favorite ice cream place, is a historical footprint. The footprint mar...

April 25, 2019

     When I was newly married, my husband taught me a recipe I will never forget and one that is featured in Song of Return! It is a peanut butter cookie recipe his 99-year-old grandmother, Lois Post, taught him to make when he was a little boy. The recipe ma...

March 12, 2019

Another Fifth-Grade History Lesson on How Thousands of Jews were Saved during the Holocaust.

     While I have spent hours and hours researching and reading about World War II for The War Song Series, there are always more stories to learn. My fifth-grade son...

February 5, 2019

     Love songs from the 1940s could be dreamy, sentimental, emotionally moving, and, sometimes, comical. Some of them were just downright fun. For this year’s Valentine’s Day, I have one of the fun ones for you.

     “Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief” was first r...

January 8, 2019

     The New Year is always a time to look forward and plan for better things, but it is also a good time to look back. After a holiday break, I just resumed writing book three of The War Song Series. The book begins in 1949. Let’s go back seventy years to se...

December 3, 2018

     Now that the pumpkin pie is all gone, it’s time for Christmas pie! For my family, that means chocolate pie. Every year on Christmas Day, my Granny used to serve us her homemade chocolate and coconut pies. The chocolate was the one favored by my mom, sister, and se...

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