Briefly

In June of 2010, Oxford University Press is publishing a book titled The Passport in America: the History of a Document. The blub on the book in their Spring/Summer 2010 catalogue leads me to believe that this book should offer some insight into a topic I posted about earlier – what exactly makes a person […]

A quote, a book, a whole discipline!

One of the books I received this year for Christmas* was Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, a book of essays on women in history. The title is her most-quoted soundbite, taken from an essay on gravestones which forms part of her first book, Good Wives. The quote, with “rarely” used in place […]

Rememberance/Veterans Day

Thank you to all the veterans of this nation and our allies. Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to […]

why a magpie?

As a jewelry-loving girl whose first name starts with M, I was nicknamed ‘magpie’ by my family long ago.  It is, at this point, a fairly good decription of my approach to history – not that I gather everything shiny, but that I’m willing to take sticks and grass as well as silver to build […]