Memorial Day

gravestones of soldiers

I remember, as a child, my parents taking me to Main Street in the little village of Sherman, NY every year to see old men marching in tight pea-green and ash-grey uniforms with rifles resting on their shoulders, but they were not what interested me about Memorial Day.  What excited me, were the pretty girls […]

A Trip to the Sant’Ambrogio Market in Florence

Sant'Ambrogio Market

Writing books is about experiences, perspectives, inspiration, and purpose.  A small excursion trip of visiting the Sant’Ambrogio Market in Florence encompassed all of these ingredients.  It was a fascinating experience, which broadened my perspective and inspired me to think of the ambiance of a traditional open market. Plus, I had a real purpose: to discover […]

America is the Land of the Free & Home of the Extreme

In the United States, we grow extremism by telling our children myths about bearded white deities (a Western tradition that predates Jesus) and quasi-omniscient demigod Founding Fathers.  These children grow up to age eighteen, and then they are entrusted to make crucial civic decisions about: good and bad, right and wrong, moral consciousness impacting the […]

Creating the Painting of Sorrow

Creating the Painting of Sorrow

I have elected to include this blog by Virginia Winters about her book Painting of Sorrow because of my deep appreciation of both art and historical fiction. As an undergraduate, I majored in history but took enough art history classes to nearly have a minor in the subject. This new book is exciting not only because of the […]

The Pledge of Allegiance Part 2

Civil War cannon

The first version of the pledge of allegiance was written by Captain George Thatcher Balch, a Union Army Officer during the Civil War.  One can imagine the impact of the words, “one nation” at the time.  But the fact remains that a pledge is part of the totalitarian practice of putting interests of the state […]

The Pledge of Allegiance Part I

The Pledge of Allegiance Part I

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…   The flag is a symbol that represents the embodiment of a country. Our spangled banner is a symbol of democracy, freedom, and constitutional equal rights. We pledge our allegiance to the flag, we sing to it, we raise it in glory, and […]