Photo Credit: A photo of the Benicia pier with the dilapidated boat house and boat. Photo taken by me :-). “‘Benicia, the memorable ‘city of the Straits’…” (as quoted in Thompson, par. 9) Back when I first conceived my historical mystery series, The Paper Chase Mysteries, I knew location would be an important factor. One … Continue reading Benicia, California, “City of the Straights”
No blog post this week. Instead, here’s my Thanksgiving wish to all of you (whether you’re in the States or abroad). May your holiday be joyous, peaceful, and full of grace!!! And if you’re curious about how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the Gilded Age, check out this blog post. … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
Photo Credit: Illustration from “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton”, Sydney Paget, Strand Magazine, 1904: Sebastian Wallroth/Wikimedia Commons/PD Art (PD Old 100) Thank you to all the wonderful people who are continuing to check out my blog. The support and encouragement has been overwhelming! I will be traveling abroad for the next several months so … Continue reading Blog Break and Series Fact Sheet
Before I went on my Camp NaNoWriMo break in July, I hinted that there would be a new blog coming up that would focus more on historical topics related to America’s Gilded Age and Progressive eras, since this is the direction much of my writing (though not all) has been taking this year. I am … Continue reading Mother Time Musings Blog — New Blog is Up!
***This post is part of The Third Annual Olivia De Havilland Blogathon, hosted by the In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Phyllis Loves Classic Films blogs. *** ***Some spoilers*** “Let me introduce you to the real Charlotte Brontë. She was not a wallflower in mourning. She always wanted to be famous; she pined … Continue reading Not The Angel in the House: De Havilland as Charlotte Bronte in Devotion (1946)
Photo Credit: The Blue Veil by Edmond Tarbell, oil painting, 1898: freeparking/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 “The creative personality never remains fixed on the first world it discovers. It never resigns itself to anything ... “ (Nin, location 3587) I love this quote from Nin because it’s so true of many creative people. The nature of creativity … Continue reading First Worlds: Writing and Blogging in New Directions
Photo Credit: The family of Carlos IV, former King of Spain. La Familia de Carlos IV, 1800-1801, Francisco de Goya, oil on canvas, Museo del Prado: Lomita/Wikimedia Commons/PD Art (PD Old 100) I have always been intrigued by family traditions. Most families have them, most of them small but significant ones. I remember every Saturday … Continue reading The Weight of Family Tradition
***This post is part of the Elizabeth Taylor Blogathon, hosted by Crystal of the In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood blog. *** ***Some spoilers.*** Mary Catherine Castelli (Carol Burnett): “It’s weird telling all this to a total stranger.” Deborah Shapiro (Elizabeth Taylor): “We’re not strangers anymore, kiddo.” When I saw Crystal put up … Continue reading Not Strangers Anymore: Female Friendship and Fulfillment in Between Friends (1983)
***This post is part of the June Allyson Centenary Blogathon, hosted by Simoa of the Champagne For Lunch blog.*** ***Some spoilers*** I confess – I’ve never been a huge fan of either Katharine Hepburn (her earlier work, at least) or June Allyson. But Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is a classic and it’s hard to … Continue reading Plucky and Lady-Like: June Allyson in Little Women (1949)
Photo Credit: 2nd anniversary banner, uploaded February 12, 2016 by geralt: geralt/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 Last week, I participated in a tag that made me reflect a bit on my blog. This week, I decided to take that further and talk about my blogging journey, which actually began even before I started this blog. Back in 2015. … Continue reading My Two-Year Blogging Anniversary