The Yellow Birds, A book Review

“Sure, there is a fine line between not wanting to wake up and actually wanting to kill yourself, and while I discovered you can walk that line for a long while without even noticing, anybody who is around you surely will, and then of course all kinds of unanswerable questions will not be far behind.”  –The…

History & Wine’s “Guest Appearance” on NMR

Check out my guest post on the blog, New Modern Republicans. I think you might appreciate some of my insights–after several glasses of wine, of course. You can find the link to the post here: Introducing our Distinguished D.C. Guest Blogger-Jacqueline Coleman. If you have any comments, please feel free to leave them here, or…

Second Choice Iconic

This is my story for the Weekly Writing Challenge: Iconic. I never thought of myself as a “replacement,” but alas, it is what I have become; a replacement icon of sorts while the original is in repair. My innards, once forgotten and quiet with dust are overrun with school children and replica shops. My fate…

An Article about Vietnam-Not Written by Me

I wanted to share this article about serving in the Vietnam War written by James Webb. The article is rather long, so I will not post it in its entirety here, but I encourage you to read it. Not only is it a well written historical piece, but the sentiment that we have often skipped…

Zero Dark Thirty: Girl Power

Wow, have you seen this movie? Incredible. Before I get into anything here, let’s step out of our partisan shoes for one blog post. I do not want to get into a political discussion over truth vs. fiction in the film. This post is not about Obama; Bush; the CIA; water boarding; harsh interrogation techniques;…

Tourist Season in Washington

Here we go again. It’s mid-March and the sidewalks are filling up with khakis and fanny packs already. Just yesterday during my lunch break, I was pushing my way through a group of tie-dyed teenagers on the sidewalk by my office. I overheard one of them say to her friend, “Oh my gosh! We are…

History is What You Are/History is What You Make

I went to see my favorite folk band play at Wolf Trap last Friday night. I grew up listening to this band because there was a time back in the late 80s/early 90s that my Aunt Susi managed them. They are a group based out of Maine called Schooner Fare. If you haven’t heard of them,…

Robert Todd Lincoln

I went to see the movie, Lincoln, today. Great movie. Go see this movie. Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones both do an incredible job as Lincoln and Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, respectively.  The cast is outstanding, and the history lesson is one which we all should become familiar with. Lincoln had no easy task…

November 11th, 1918

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, an armistice went into effect between the Allied Nations and Germany after the war that we now call World War I. Back then, of course, it was called “The Great War” because we had not had a World War II yet….

Aunt Susi

My Aunt Susi passed away this weekend. Her death follows the death of my grandfather just a few short months ago. I don’t know very many people who loved history as much as my aunt. She was a woman who had so much historical knowledge in her head. I wish I could have heard one…