In 1888, no one had radar or weather forecasts. Nothing told families spread out across the prairie that weather would be turning for the worse or if precipitation was incoming. On January 12, 1888, the northern plains of Minnesota, Dakotas and Nebraska experienced unseasonably warm weather. People flocked outside to work on outdoor projects after … Continue reading And You Thought it Snowed a Lot this Winter? Not as Much as 1888.
Theodore Roosevelt wanted to run for Presidential election. Agreeing previously to step aside to allow younger men to run, the former "Rough Rider" changed his mind and decided to seek a third term. Running as the candidate of the Progressive Party after losing the nomination to William Howard Taft in the Republican party, he felt … Continue reading This Actually Happened: A Former President Nearly Died on an Amazonian Expedition to Map an Undiscovered River.
Looking for an entertaining, yet true, riveting novel? Look no further than the story of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock. During the Vietnam War, Hathcock stalked,often behind enemy lines, harassing and demoralizing the enemy on his way to 93 confirmed kills. The legend of this amazing soldier is told quite professionally in Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills, … Continue reading Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills
The Civil War is typically seen through the eyes of Abraham Lincoln and his frustrations with his generals in the time leading up to and including the first half of the war. It's a long period of time, and usually the period of victory for the north is lost in the rush to close out … Continue reading The General Who Won the War: and Kept the Country Together After
Is it really possible that a book about a horse should warrant a Hollywood movie? Absolutely Yes! And not only that, Laura Hillenbrand's blockbuster book deserves a trilogy. https://youtu.be/Yv6RnFTlu4I Seabiscuit, An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand is a #1 New York Times Bestseller about the most popular race horse in American history. Yeah, that sounds … Continue reading This Book About a Horse Deserved a Trilogy of Movies, Not Just a Single Feature.
There is an ongoing debate on which to do first. Should you watch the movie or read the book? I think Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand might settle the debate. Louis Zamperini lived one of the most amazing lives you've never heard of. An Olympic runner noticed by Hitler himself, his athletic career is worthy of … Continue reading Read Which First? The Book or the Movie? This Summer Read Might Settle the Debate.
8 year old Hannah is just learning English. We adopted her from China only 8 months ago and she didn't speak a word of English this past summer. It's been amazing to watch her progress and growth in such a short time. Heading into this Spring, she's already beginning to read her first chapter books. … Continue reading Hannah’s All Over Junie B. Jones Books
Sam loves baseball. Well, full disclosure here: he loves whatever sport he's currently playing. But right now, he LOVES Baseball. And would you believe that a book has played a significant part in his current passion? Baseball can be a challenge though. It's a complicated sport that moves at a slower pace, coupled with a … Continue reading My Son Loves Baseball Just that Much More Because of this Book.