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My conflicted relationship with George Washington

Tweet           I have a conflicted relationship with George Washington. This bubbles to the surface every time I see someone misattribute a quote to him on Facebook, or misstate facts about his changing attitudes about sundry and various things, or pass along bald-faced lies.       Having read way too […]
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Random thoughts, incl Guy Fawkes, Wintergirls & Neeko

TweetDo we teach about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 in American schools? Should we?Remember, remember the fifth of November,The gunpowder treason and plot,I know of no reasonWhy the gunpowder treasonShould ever be forgot.And there is the great speech from V Is For Vendetta. My favorite quote, "Words will always retain their power."LOOK! […]
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Listening to ghosts

TweetI’ve been reading the diary of Benjamin Gilbert, who was an American soldier for the entire Revolution. Most of the diary is filled with one or two line entries about the weather.May 1778the 3rd Sunday. Fair Pleasant day.the 5th Fair and Clear.the 6th. Fair.the 7th. Clear and warm.You get the gist.Then there are the entries […]
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Write 15 Minutes a Day Challenge (WFMAD) – 4th of July Edition

TweetToday Americans celebrate the courage of the men and women of 1776 who, after a generation of frustration with British economic policies and military heavy-handedness, declared this land to be free and independent, and fought a war to make it so. Yes, I said “and women.” My newest book, INDEPENDENT DAMES: WHAT YOU NEVER KNEW […]
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One of the best days

TweetSorry for being so absent, but I am trying to finish a bunch of stuff. Details later. In the meantime, here is one of my most favorite pieces of writing. Give yourself a treat and read it out loud today. Slowly. “IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of […]
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Day of Melancholy and Good Cheer

TweetWednesday is a half-day at the American School in Warsaw. My morning was filled with 7th graders and my afternoon with rain and history.
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My common sense hero, Thomas Paine

TweetBusy scribbling today, so I am cutting and pasting the following from The Writer’s Almanac (great source of literary tidbits and a daily poetry fix): “It was on this day in 1776 that a 77-page pamphlet called “Common Sense” was published anonymously, making the case that the American colonies should declare independence from Great Britain. […]
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Green Friday

TweetI’d like to take this moment to say thank you to my Donovan and Foley ancestors for leaving Ireland, braving the Atlantic Ocean, and coming to America. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! I’ll be playing Celtic music and scaring the dog with my poor imitation of an Irish jig all day. My friend (and […]
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What is up with Oklahoma?

TweetA bow in appreciation to boricuababy1119 for pointing out my shameful neglect of Women’s History Month. (Check out the poem she posted on my LJ yesterday.) It is the kind of thing we should all be celebrating!! And appreciation to all of you for sharing your Cat 4 books with yesterday. I suspect a lot […]
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I want a month of muse

TweetThe only problem with the weekend was that it was only a weekend. I read
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