Category Archives: U.S. History

MY DAY: Midway through Spring Break

I am so grateful for the kind hearts who check on me and for Nicole Melin’s delicious homemade soup deliveries. Seriously, the woman needs to have a bistro in The Oregon District! I keep getting questions, “How are you holding … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Teddy Roosevelt visits Indiana in 1902

While doing some research for one of my writing projects I discovered President Theodore Roosevelt visited Indiana in 1902. While passing through a Massachusett’s city, a trolly car ran into the president’s horse-drawn carriage.  The president was propelled from the … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Abraham “Jack” Lincoln II

Abraham and Mary Lincoln only had one of their four sons to live into maturity. Their eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln (August 1, 1843 – July 26, 1926), would marry, celebrate the birth of three children, and prosper as an attorney, US … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Andrews Air Force Base… reminders

A short while ago I watched the ceremonial arrival of Sen. John McCain’s remains at Joint Base Andrews, formerly known as Andrews Air Force Base just outside Washington, DC.. The senator’s remains were transported on a plane from the presidential … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Nixon resigns

August 8, 1974, my family was vacationing in Myrtle Beach. I was in the pool that evening when Mother came to the rail of our second-floor motel room, “Darin!  Hurry!”  I am certain I asked the reason and an exchange of … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Lady America & The Ball State University Singers

While growing up in Central Indiana I always attended the spring event, SPECTACULAR, a dynamic, two-hour theme park style concert presented by the internationally known, Ball State University Singers. Several times, I heard the theme song in the medley, “Lady … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Olivia de Havilland

Happy birthday to the legendary actress, Miss Olivia de Havilland who turned 102 years old today. Ms. de Havilland is the last surviving cast member of GONE WITH THE WIND in which she portrayed Melanie Hamilton Wilkes. This lovely woman … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: George Washington’s mother

From all I’ve read, Mary Ball Washington, the mother of our first commander in chief, George Washington, was quite a pill. This Washington Post article seems to reconfirm all I’ve read.  

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O, FOR HISTORY: A few interesting tidbits on the actual burning of The White House

I’ve known for many years that First Lady Dolley Madison did not personally save the large portrait of George Washington. This Washington Post article is a nice account of events. Canada didn’t burn the White House. And Dolley Madison needs … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The Kalb Report: “Writing History” – Woodward and Bernstein

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have been my favorites since the early 1970s.  The interview was conducted three years ago but is still an incredible episode.

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O, FOR HISTORY: Art on The White House

I have a deep passion for presidential history and White House history.  I tripped across an old article of an artist’s take on various rooms in The White House. An Artist Visits The White House Past Another artist captured the Blue … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The country needs you, Harry Truman

When I was in 5th grade, my maternal uncle, Ron Barmes, gave me an 8-track tape player and several 8-track tapes.  My favorite was CHICAGO’s Chicago VIII, 1975. “Harry Truman.”  That was my favorite song and I listened to it … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: “Slipped the surly bonds of earth…”

I had my general music students in the high school’s library to complete a project. I caught several teachers gathered around the television in the audio-visual room.  After investigating, I called the students over to watch the event. “I can … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: THE POST

Thursday night, Mark Monroe and I went to The Greene to watch the newly released, THE POST, a political drama set in the early 1970s starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Along the tracks

I was fortunate to have grown up or to have at least known, all my grandparents, all but one great-grandparent, and only two great-great grandparents. I was even more blessed to know many of my great uncles and aunts, 2nd-great … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: DARKEST HOUR (movie)

Tell the story. As a passionate history student and a writer, I often find myself in conflict with this command. “But, it happened in so many years…” “These two characters never shared a conversation!” [or did they?] And so goes … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Eleanor Roosevelt

October 11th is a day to celebrate a great United States citizen who was the First Lady of New York state and our nation, humanitarian, columnist, author, United Nations delegate, and the niece and goddaughter of Theodore Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt

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Dayton Air Show’s GREAT WALL OF FIRE

For some reason, I find this particular event, sponsored by Vectron’s Dayton Air Show, a bit disturbing.  I seldom get agitated by certain things, but this is just wrong. The THE GREAT WALL OF FIRE states: The reenactment is intended to help … Continue reading

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Bucket Lists…

When the movie, THE BUCKET LIST, came out in 2007, the title worked its way into our vernacular.  One friend, an art teacher nearing retirement, will comment on various photos I post on Facebook that she is adding another item … Continue reading

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Winding down…

The Haasienda is winding down from a not-so-busy weekend. FRIDAY Quintin’s friend David spent Thursday night Made blueberry pancakes Read-researched Watched some documentaries Dined with Brian & Joanie Pollock On-going training at ACTION Adoption Services SATRUDAY Read Napped Wrote Watched … Continue reading

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Presidential Sites

I can never get enough of presidential or White House history.  97% of my Netflix rentals or instant watches are of documentaries – mostly having something to do with presidential or US History. This morning, I made a quick list … Continue reading

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Reading & Research…

I am working on a new theatrical project about Mary Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln.  I love being surrounded by all my books on Mrs. Lincoln, and President Lincoln.  They are like old friends.  Some I have had since the … Continue reading

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Inauguration Day

It is exciting, thrilling, inspiring, patriotic, and at times, capable of watering the eyes a bit.  I love the pomp and circumstance, and the pageantry.  When the former presidents and first ladies descend the stair case to the main inaugural … Continue reading

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LINCOLN: my reaction

I felt like a kid, tonight.  In fact, it felt like I had the excitement of all my birthdays and Christmases all combined. Quintin and I met Brian Pollock at The Greene to watch the movie I’ve waited several years … Continue reading

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Mock trial finds Mary Todd Lincoln was not insane

Mock trial finds Mary Todd Lincoln was not insane Re-enactment at presidential museum finds former first lady wrongfully committed By Jason Nevel Posted Oct 01, 2012 @ 10:44 PM SPRINGFIELD — Jurors in 1875 made the wrong choice in committing … Continue reading

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