Category Archives: History

Where My Research Took Me – Ice Houses In The Nineteenth Century

I first learned about ice houses at my grandparents resort on Red Lake in Ontario, Canada when I was around six or seven years old. Even in the 1950s a few ice houses were still used in remote areas like … Continue reading

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Where My Research Took Me – Spanish Guitars

I’m working on How To Kiss A Troll and you might wonder how a story about a Norwegian family led me to Spanish Guitars. It’s simple, My heroine Bella, flees her father’s Texas Ranchero for Minnesota where the Norwegian hero, … Continue reading

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May Day Baskets – I Remember When

I’m a little late talking about May Day as it’s May 1st today. But because I have so many fond childhood memories of it, I decided to blog about it anyway. Ask teens today if they plan to celebrate May … Continue reading

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Historical Minnesota Logging VS Pacific Northwest Logging

  I’m busy writing How To Kiss A Troll and it’s so fun. Because it’s a historical I did a tremendous amount of research. I did the same for How To Fell A Timberman.     Now you might think, … Continue reading

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Historical Contraception Part I

Contraception – The History And It’s Place In Historical Romance. A disclaimer here: This blog is a historical view of contraception and does not reflect any personal views for or against contraception and abortion. Contraception has been in modern news … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year – The Symbolism and Mythology

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy New Year.   While I am not Chinese myself, I’m married to a Singaporean of mainland Contonese China decent. I’m a rabbit and he is boar/pig. According to the Chinese, we are a perfect match! … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Christmas Traditions Part 4

A Christmas Timeline Writers don’t always need in-depth details, just the dates with general background to keep us honest. Timelines serve that purpose well. To make this timeline more fun, I’ve included lots of fun links to the carols and … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Christmas Traditions Part 3

The American Christmas Victorian Style I think the Victorian era is one of the most fun errors especially when discussing Christmas. In the United States where we is a blend of many cultures, and we showed little prejudice when came … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Christmas Traditions Part Two

  The Origins of Modern Christmas Traditions   As I writer it pleased me learn that other writers such as Washington Irving, and Charles Dickens are often cited as inventors of the modern Christmas. Credit must also be given to … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Christmas Traditions – Part One

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I also love history so researching Christmas traditions like Santa Claus, mistletoe, poinsettias, holly, and caroling is just plain fun. When I first started this project I’d already heard about the first Christmas tree in … Continue reading

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