Tag: history

Reading: Somewhere in Time

Reading: Somewhere in Time

Published in 1975 under the title Bid Time Return, the novel that inspired the 1980 adaptation known as Somewhere in Time caused all subsequent publications to be renamed. I’ve always loved the film, but I’d never read the book. After reading Time and Again by Jack Finney (1970), in which the narrator accomplishes time travel …

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Thanksgiving in 1901 Spokane

Thanksgiving in 1901 Spokane

I’ve shared about the Dear Mother collection of letters before, but this week I wanted to highlight some of Marinus Crommelin’s impressions of Thanksgiving, a holiday they didn’t celebrate in his homeland of Holland. “Next Thursday it is Thanksgiving day…a statutory holiday which appears to be celebrated with good food and dancing as well as …

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Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

This week I wanted to give a special homage to the woman who’s become a huge part of my life lately: the remarkable Anna Katharine Green. On this day, November 11, in 1846, Anna Katharine Green was born to New England lawyer James Wilson Green and Katharine Ann Whitney Green. She was the fourth child, …

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Full Course Dinners Circa 1896

Full Course Dinners Circa 1896

The following comes from one of the 19th century cookbooks I’ll be sharing at my next presentation THIS SATURDAY, Oct 19 at 2:00 at the East Side branch of the Spokane Public Library. Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School Cookbook Published 1896 A FULL COURSE DINNER. FIRST COURSE. Little Neck Clams or Bluepoints, with brown-bread sandwiches. …

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Look Up, Spokane! (Part Two)

Look Up, Spokane! (Part Two)

Welcome to Part 2 of my Look Up, Spokane! series. Last month I showed you some pictures I took of the Spokesman Review Building. Today, we’re going across the street. I had never noticed something rather fascinating about this more modern building: outside, along Monroe, are a series of twelve busts. Each bust is of …

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Look Up, Spokane! (Part 1)

Look Up, Spokane! (Part 1)

How often do we look up anymore? More often than not, we’re looking down at our phone, or down at our feet to make sure we’re not stepping in dog poop or something. But the last time I was downtown in Spokane, I felt the urge to look up, to see what I was missing. …

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Just a quick post to say, “Merry Christmas!”

Just a quick post to say, “Merry Christmas!”

It’s Christmas in July! I’m pleased to reveal the cover for the Christmas anthology that will include my short story, “Mary, Did You Know?” coming THIS CHRISTMAS!! Let me know now if you’d like to schedule a reading, signing, or just want to put your name down for some signed copies. There’ll be more info …

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News Clipping: The Language of Letters

News Clipping: The Language of Letters

I found the following little editorial article published in The Spokesman-Review, May 6, 1901, and thought it exceedingly interesting. I hope you do, too! (Transcription for easier reading) What is the language of postage stamps when pasted on letters? M.K. The following, called the postage stamp flirtation, may be what you want: Upside down, left …

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