Category / History

I don’t even quite remember how we got on the subject or why my dad suggested that we start watching it (and it’s a fourth or fifth re-watch for him and my mom)…but somehow about a week or so ago, I started watching Band of Brothers.  GUYS. This show. I haven’t fallen this deep into a fandom since […]

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There are four historical films I really want to see this year: Sully, which actually came out last autumn;  Hidden Figures, released on Friday; Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan and due for release this summer; and Jackie, released in December. I have a long-time interest in and admiration for Jacqueline Kennedy. When I was little–9 or 10 years old–my mom let me pick […]

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Water is pretty much omnipresent where I live. Unless we’re in a drought, “Louisiana Summertime” usually means a thunderstorm every day: dark clouds roll in from the Gulf, and once they’ve dumped their load they leave behind the sweet, heavy smell of rain and an oppressive humidity that makes your hair and clothes stick to your skin. The Gulf […]

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I just wanted to assure all my readers: yes, in spite of the horrific flooding in Louisiana, my family and I are all fine. Our house is safe. Light debris, very full ponds, and washed-out gravel in the driveways are the only indications that anything was ever out of the ordinary on our street. Drive about […]

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As a rule, I try not to write about politics anymore on this blog. It’s too controversial, and I really do want my blog to be a happy, refreshing place where I talk books and movies and life and Tumblr memes. Sometimes, though, I’ve just got to say something. I’ll try to make it brief, […]

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I have never agonized so much over a book review, not even when I reviewed The Hunger Games. There’s just been so much passionate controversy swirling around Harper Lee’s first draft of (and semi-sequel to) her novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It seems like you either love it or you hate it, and there’s little to no “in-between.” Not […]

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I love to read and read a lot–but I rarely finish a book quickly. It usually takes me a couple of weeks (or three) to finish a book. Exception to the rule: In the Heart of the Sea, which I got for my birthday last Tuesday, started on Saturday, and finished this Monday. Granted, I spent a good […]

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No matter what color you are–red or yellow, black or white–this is worth reading, on this day in particular and at this time in America’s history especially. And if you take the time to read it slowly and quietly–if you’ll just lay down all your prickly antagonisms and your political agendas and let the beauty of these […]

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Two days after my last blogpost (and I apologize for not posting sooner), our family went to visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans! I haven’t been to the Crescent City since before Hurricane Katrina (not counting my visit to the airport last year); it was also the first time we’d been […]

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Little Baby Dear in London, Hello from an American friend. I whisper this in your ear, since you’re probably sleeping all cuddled up with your mummy, but I want you to know how excited I am that you’ve come into this world safe and sound. One day you’ll find out all about yourself, your title, […]

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Did y’all know how blessed I am to live in the South? And that’s not all. We also have plantation homes. Small ones, magnificent ones, family homes, veritable castles . . . all of them steeped in history worthy of period dramas on the BBC. About an hour or so from where we live stands […]

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I love World War II history, so when Daddy found this movie I was very excited–in spite of the fact I already knew enough about the true story to say, “You do know everyone’s going to die, right?” You’d think, then, that this might be a totally depressing film–and if there weren’t any heroes among the pragmatic […]

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Last year I posted pictures from the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, along with General Dwight Eisenhower’s address to the troops before they landed on the beaches. I think I’m going to make a tradition of repeating that post every June 6, Lord willing. I will always give thanks for the courageous men […]

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The historical record, as well as the testimonies of her friends and her enemies, overwhelmingly proves that Anne Boleyn was falsely accused of adultery. Her conviction was part of an elaborate character assassination engineered by her husband’s right-hand man Thomas Cromwell, her personal and political enemies, and the King himself, who gave his approval to the proceedings. […]

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[Sorry it’s been a while since I wrote last…trying to catch up after a week of slaughtering chickens 😉 ] In last Monday’s post I told the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s courtship and early marriage. All seemed to be fairly promising, right? Except, of course, for hints of palace intrigue: Anne’s enemies […]

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Legend has it that on May 6, 1836, Queen Anne wrote to her husband Henry VIII from the Tower of London. The authenticity of this letter has been in question for centuries, but it highlights the stress Anne was enduring and appeals to a far different version of the embattled Queen than tradition provides. Sir, […]

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On this day in 1536, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, wrote to Henry VIII after hearing about the arrest of Queen Anne: If the reports of the Queen be true, they are only to her dishonor, not yours. I am clean amazed, for I had never better opinion of woman . . . I was most […]

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A♥ via Compfight I am now officially old enough to buy a gun and have a concealed carry! (*throws confetti*) That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, I am now twenty-one. And to be honest, I was dealing with a bit of depression over it last week as I approached the big day. However, praise God I was […]

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It seems like a long time ago since I posted for the Literary Heroine Blog Party. We’ve had a lot going on at Sunny Patch–just life in general, nothing earth-shattering–so that probably explains the feeling. Here are a few fun things that have kept my attention over the past week . . . First of […]

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Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing! Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns; Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and […]

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