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Sammie

So last week my husband and I had the fun of keeping a neighbor's dog Sammie for a few days. We were given eye drops he needed several times a day put "in both eyes."  No problem. Left eye, boom. Move on to the right eye and, as you can see with all his fur, it wasn't...

Rethinking Our Country’s ‘Pioneers’

Like many Americans, I always considered our country’s ‘pioneers’ the Daniel Boones and Davy Crocketts who led settlers west in covered wagons in the mid 19th  Century. Not so. David McCollough’s book by the name tells the story of our country’s true pioneers who...

The Spirit of Achilles Defeats Nazi Germany

While everyone knows the heroic story of D-Day and how it led to the Allied victory in WWII, far less is known about the 216-day Battle of Greece from October 28, 1940, to June 1,1941, the cost Germany the war. Even Hitler had to acknowledge their bravery, saying,...

Yes, History Matters to Teenagers Too

Two happy things happened after a book store visit with my 14-year-old granddaughter Samantha Lovell. First, she picked out an historical-fiction book; second, Young Adult novelists are actually writing stories about history! It lifted me out of the despair I feel...

The More Things Change

I wrote this in 1984 during the controversial proposed law to mandate seatbelts in Michigan. In 2021, what four letter word can you substitute for “seatbelt?” I am ashamed to say I am in favor of the mandatory seatbelt law now being debated in Lansing. As one who...

The Maidens

As if the Greeks hadn’t given us enough from Homer to Socrates to the Olympics, in 1921 we’re relying on their alphabet to name new mutations of the corona virus. After the backlash from China when the former President blamed the pandemic on that country, the World...