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The Last Letter: A Reflection on a Soldier’s Letter from WWI

Today I haven't been feeling well, so I've had the heating pad, pencil and notebook, and research in bed with me today. My Master's Thesis deals in part with Mitchell Reid's book, "The Vacant Chair," and how hand-written letters become a replacement for that vacant chair within the domestic sphere. One of my readings today… Continue reading The Last Letter: A Reflection on a Soldier’s Letter from WWI

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Reflections of a Graduate Student – Year One.

Well the first year of graduate studies are completed. I have discovered quite a few things about graduate school. I will list my top ten as follows: 1. Having the department head as your Historiography professor the first semester is scary, especially when he looks at you during seminar with a look that says: "Why… Continue reading Reflections of a Graduate Student – Year One.

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Searching for Primary Documents – The obsession with World War I

As I begin the task of constructing my Master's Thesis, I have found myself occupied with the search for World War I primary documents. I was happy to find a collection of 88 letters and assorted other materials from Ohio. Waiting to get them in the mail is hard: I'm impatient sometimes. Putting together the… Continue reading Searching for Primary Documents – The obsession with World War I

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Cats and Spiders: History of Native American Totem Animals

I don't know if it's because of a full moon approaching or we're nearing the cosmic alignment with the center of the universe, but lately I've been having some weird dreams which involve, much to my horror, spiders, with an occasion cat thrown in just to mix it up.  Seeing that I have been inducted by… Continue reading Cats and Spiders: History of Native American Totem Animals

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The History of Valentine’s Day

As a Historian and Writer, I'm forever asking questions.  Today is no exception.  I was curious about this lover's holiday and wanted to know just how it got its start.  Of course it didn't surprise me that it's roots go back to Late Antiquity.  (Dr. Matthew Byron, our expert professor on Roman and Late Antiquity… Continue reading The History of Valentine’s Day

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It’s not you, it’s me!

Who does not know this line?  Well today I used it when I was advising my Honors Philosophy teacher that I would be dropping his class.  Afterwards, as I sat in my car and looked at the recent "bad" test grade I received, I thought about what I said to him and cringed.  What the… Continue reading It’s not you, it’s me!

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Writing Atlantis into my stories

Since I can remember, I have been fascinated by the theory of Atlantis.  Plato's description of the city beyond the Pillars of Hercules has fueled an imagination of who these people were.  Many scholars have rebuffed the idea, claiming this theory is pure fantasy.  But what if it were true, and there existed a civilization that rivaled our… Continue reading Writing Atlantis into my stories