I saw this quotation in our local newspaper and it's telling me to post it. So I am, and I think I'll have a quote each Monday. Now don't say I didn't warn you.
Open your eyes to the beauty around you.
Open your mind to the wonders of life.
Open your heart to those who love you.
And always be true to yourself.
I'm on a historical or hysterical high at the moment. My former teachers would never believe the historical part. History was not my favorite subject. They might believe the hysterical. It's amazing how a few, okay a lot of, years can change a person. Today, history fascinates me. I've even written a couple of historical (I hope they're not hysterical) books.
A Family for Leona is a middle grade story about the Orphan Trains. It is due out sometimes this year. Waiting for a cover and I'm not sure what else. If you haven't heard of the Orphan Trains, I think you'll find this part of America's history interesting.
Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is a young adult novel about the Civil War at Vicksburg, Mississippi. It's not a new book, but since 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, I'm remembering the things I learned about the war, especially at Vicksburg, when I was researching this story. I visited the town and the battlefield too. If any of the caves the people lived in are still around, they're on private property so I didn't get to see the caves.
The Civil War began when the Confederates bombarded Union soldiers at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, on April 12, 1861.
The Confederates surrendered Vicksburg on July 4, 1863.
Robert E. Lee's forces retreated from Gettysburg the same day.
Lee surrendered the last major Confederate Army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865.
Thanks for letting me indulge my love of history.