July 22, 2019

My apologies for such a long absence. I suffered a great deal of pain in my right arm for some time and, when my teaching sessions were over, underwent rotator cuff surgery in April. The first month my dominant arm was in a sling strapped to my body, so was useless. Th...

July 22, 2019

The Rhine Flowed a Little Swifter

When the Allied armies finally reached the Rhine in the spring of 1945, most of the troops performed a little male ritual to express their contempt for all things German. It is not known exactly how many men peed into the Rhine—reported...

October 16, 2017

It has been asserted that Churchill did not make any of his famous radio addresses himself, but that an actor spoke in his place. This rumor probably arose from one particular incident.

October 16, 2017

Excerpt from Chapter 1

They began by blaming each other for things, but things turned loud and ugly when Gran and Roy [Jamie’s cousin] started all the shouting. The terrible things they yelled roiled Jamie even more than bombing did.

She said he stole stuff, that she’d l...

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