D-Day

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On this day in 1944, thousands of teenagers and young adults whose parents survived the Flu Pandemic of 1918 and who grew up during the Great Depression stormed the beaches of Normandy and saved the world.  They chose to be awesome despite crappy childhoods and poverty-stricken parents.  So, suck it up, Buttercup.  Get out there and choose to be awesome too.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandy_landings

Vets say Saving Private Ryan is the most accurate portrayal of D-Day.  Check this out and then get the movie, if you haven’t already.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5p5j_K0CsY

 

Queen Elizabeth II on the Throne

Queen Elizabeth II ascended the English Throne 65 years ago today.  https://www.royal.uk/

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A working knowledge of the British Monarchy is the backbone to understanding our own history.  Most Americans make the impatient mistake of lumping them in with other celebrities.  But, how many actors do you know who can trace their ancestry back a thousand years?  Ponder how much history has gone down in the last millennia.  Think of everything Queen Elizabeth II has seen since her birth in 1926.  Those are some pretty incredible stories, if you ask me.

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The above picture is of the Queen with the first three in line to her throne, her son, Prince Charles, her grandson, Prince William, and her great-grandson, Prince George, named after her beloved father, King George VI, without whom the English people would not have endured World War II.

britishnannyI credit the Royal Family with igniting my love of history, as well as my interest in being a nanny.

Anne of a Thousand Days

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I don’t know about other writers, but there are stories in my head I really do not want to tell for various reasons.  One of them is set in Tudor England.  Part of my problem with it is that time period has been done to death, largely because it was so well recorded.  How can my twist on it ever make an impact?  Did you know Anne Boleyn still has a fan base five hundred years after her death?  Look it up.

Did you know Genevieve Bujold was the first choice to play Captain Janeway on Star Trek Voyager?  Well, I am Trekkie, so I know these things.  Watch Anne of a Thousand Days and you’ll see what a beauty she was in her youth.  Wow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_of_the_Thousand_Days

In fact, I’m such a fan of Tudor England that I can’t watch any film portrayal of Anne Boleyn than Natalie Dormer in The Tudors.

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No matter how much I love Philippa Gregory’s work.  This is Anne’s sister, Mary, by the way, as portrayed by the amazing actress, Scarlett Johansson.

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Oh, well, I do have a bunch of stories stacked up like pancakes that need my attention before I ever get to An American Elf in Tudor England anyway.

Watch old Historical Fiction films.  Visit museums.  Pop over to the History Channel’s website.  😉

A Vintage Christmas

wf-bookI let out an audible ‘Squeeee!’ in the store yesterday when I saw all the newly displayed Christmas trees and decorations.  We need a new tree this year and I can’t wait to find the perfect one.  It got me thinking about planning the big family get-together, what to have for dinner and for breakfast, where everyone would sleep, and whether to put the tree in the window where the neighbors could see or have to the side so we can fit everyone into the living room.  Of course, I want both.

There’s a Bible verse that goes ‘Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks upon the heart.’  This is very true at Christmas.  There’s lots of fun stuff, but the vital part is the heart and that means friends and families and helping our neighbors.

The outward appearance of Christmas changes.  Hopefully, that brings the heart more into focus.  51617ef7d1l__sx425_

One of my favorite historical reality shows is 1940s House, in which an average British family spends nine weeks living like it was World War II on the Homefront.  The British had it a lot harder than Americans and, of course, continental Europeans had it even worse.  This is a video of the 1940s House decorated for Christmas-   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6mghMcEaMU

Another wonderful historical reality show is Wartime Farm, but its led by historians rather than average families.  That’s the book version image at the top of this post.  They did an entire episode about Christmas.  Here it is-   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR74VHAFhl8muppets_christmas_carol_soundtrack

My favorite Christmas movie of all time is Muppet Christmas Carol, although, yes, I do love the old movies, like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’  Here’s my favorite song from the movie, ‘Thankful Heart.’   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpb9EbmvM5M

Now, back to my planning.  🙂

 

Diana, Princess of Wales

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1960 – 1997  This past week marked the 19th anniversary of her tragic car accident.

Some say the Archbishop was wrong.  I say he was right…in a round about way.  Diana came to us a shy teenager and she left a controversial and cultural icon.  As fairytales go, she only got a ‘Happily For Awhile’ and that broke the hearts of those loved her.

 

I think, however, that the vintage heart she carried and passed down to her sons are enabling them to live Happily Ever After.  Speaking as a mother, I believe that would have made it all worth it to the Princess.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana,_Princess_of_Wales