The history behind the Purple Heart and the creation of the Purple Heart Day.

In the US Armed Forces, the Purple Heart is second only to the Medal of Honor in terms of recognition. Furthermore, it is the oldest military award in the United States- but where did it originate?

How a sandwich is one of my favorite memories of being deployed.

What is my favorite summer food? I went through all the classics- watermelon, pop cycles, street tacos, Costco hotdogs, ribs, mac n cheese, and of course peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. All of them are great contenders. All of them taste like summer. BUT… As I reflect on my life, I think of one foodContinue reading “How a sandwich is one of my favorite memories of being deployed.”

What led to Roe v. Wade? A look at the historical background.

Friends, However, in light of the recently leaked Supreme Court ruling that may overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision in legalizing abortion in this country, I thought some historical context to the argument was necessary. As with many of my blogs- I derive my knowledge from history and current statistics, bowing to only whatContinue reading “What led to Roe v. Wade? A look at the historical background.”

President F. D. Roosevelt- the OG of the social media platform.

Friends, When I was drinking my morning coffee, scanning recent news articles, and thinking about the plot twist in Season 5 of The Last Kingdom on Netflix, I felt the appreciation and dread of instantaneous news. If there had been cell phones and instant news, Uhtred could have stopped the battle between Edward and SigtryggrContinue reading “President F. D. Roosevelt- the OG of the social media platform.”

Why do we spring forward and fall back every year? A brief history of Daylight Saving Time!

It is dark here in Alaska. Cook dinner at 3:30 pm so you can be in bed by 6:00 pm dark. It happened quickly this year, like Christmas morning presents quickly. One day I was waking up to the chirping of birds and the annoying sounds across the street neighborhood mowing his grass at 6:30Continue reading “Why do we spring forward and fall back every year? A brief history of Daylight Saving Time!”

Out with the old and in with the new? What happened to Columbus Day?

I woke up today to a text from my oldest stating: ‘Happy Indigenous People’s Day.’ So I had to jump on google calendars and look to see what I had missed. Nope- the google calendar still states- Federal Holiday- Columbus Day. However, all the major museums, government buildings, military installations, History.com, and the Smithsonian areContinue reading “Out with the old and in with the new? What happened to Columbus Day?”

September 5th- the Day The Republic of Texas got its first President.

I watched C-Span this morning (don’t judge) and came across a brief introduction of Sam Houston on the anniversary of his becoming President of the Republic of Texas. Now, while I spend a lot of time studying historical moments- I am not going to lie, the amount of Texas history that I know can easilyContinue reading “September 5th- the Day The Republic of Texas got its first President.”

Robbing Peter to pay Paul- the man behind the Ponzi Scheme!

Research into this blog came when my son asked me what a Ponzi scheme was. He is learning about economic and financial questions in my house is a new thing. For example- how does the healthcare industry work? Why do we pay health insurance and still have to pay medical bills? What is interest, andContinue reading “Robbing Peter to pay Paul- the man behind the Ponzi Scheme!”

Veterans Day – Thank you to those who serve!

I have been knee deep in prepping for Veterans Day this year. I have had an amazing group of friends, co-workers, community members, and people that I have never meet who spent their own time and energy in making goodies to deliver to various veteran facilities in the area. This morning I was stress thatContinue reading “Veterans Day – Thank you to those who serve!”

Who were the Night Witches, and what did they do during World War II?

This is so exciting for me! It was requested that I write about a specific moment in history. Do a happy dance. It’s like a dream come true for a wannabe historian. In my office, I finally looked at what was expected of me. Crap! It’s the first time I’ve heard of the Night Witches!Continue reading “Who were the Night Witches, and what did they do during World War II?”