And then there were two. Only two World War II veterans from the 9th Infantry Division attended their reunion this year. The rest of us at the 76th annual event were mostly the widows, sons and daughters of veterans. We gathered in Fayetteville, North Carolina, last week to dedicate a bronze plaque at Fort Bragg… Read more »

  The launch party and book signing for my novel SECRET BATTLES on Sunday couldn’t have delighted me more. So many friends and supporters came! I wish I had more time with each of them. Some guests were talented local writers who had seen my earliest attempts at the novel more than a decade ago.… Read more »

Ready, set, go! My copies are here and I’m ready for my book launch this Sunday. By now, I hope visitors to my website have been able to sample my previous blog posts and read the excerpt from SECRET BATTLES posted here. I’ll officially launch my historical fiction novel Sept. 12 at the Writer’s Block… Read more »

Although money was tight in the early 1940s, my mother still strived to be fashionable. Her outfit in this photo reflects the era’s most popular styles: padded, puffed shoulders; buttoned down jacket; knee-length A-line skirt; sturdy shoes. The war affected everything then, even fashion. Frugality was expected. The military’s needs came first. If it needed… Read more »

It’s official! My novel, Secret Battles, will be launched on Sunday, September 12, at the Writer’s Block Bookstore in Winter Park. Mark your calendars to join the celebration. My book will be on sale and I’ll be signing copies between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This December will mark the 80th… Read more »

Handwritten letters felt like lifesavers during World War II, a slender thread of connection during an era of danger and loneliness. For the most part, they were written in cursive. Educated people used that writing technique, which was nothing like calligraphy of old. Cursive was more practical than artistic. Students learned it in elementary school.… Read more »

After almost two years in Bavaria, it was time for my husband and I to return to the United States. As I retrieved items we had stored in our German landlord’s attic, I came across a decades-old undeveloped roll of film. “It must have belonged to the last owners of this house,” our landlord said.… Read more »

My husband and I lived near Nuremberg, Germany, while he was an Army lieutenant stationed in Bavaria. Though we both were children of World War II veterans, we knew little about the region’s history. We felt at home in the third-floor apartment of our landlord’s house. He and his wife treated us like family; their… Read more »

Radio took center stage in the 1930s. Sixty percent of American households had one as their main source of news and entertainment. Thanks to radio, a rabble-rousing Catholic priest grew famous in the ’30s championing anti-war isolationism. At its peak, the broadcasts of Father Charles Coughlin reached ninety million listeners a week, according to The… Read more »

My father was in his 70s when he gave me a cardboard box filled with faded letters and two worn journals. Only after he died a few years later did I read them and discover a mystery: His World War II letters to my mother told one story. His private journals told another. As far… Read more »