Still working on getting Lightning on the Levee published!

I thought I should let you, my faithful readers, know about my progress toward getting Lightning on the Levee published.

It’s been over a year since I first considered the book complete, and I’ve been looking for an agent or publisher on and off since.

I say “on and off” because every time I read back over the book, I find something that needs to be changed. So Lightning on the Levee, although “complete”, has been in improvement for all this time.

How the publishing system works

In case you don’t know how the publishing system works, this is the procedure: read more

Ladies’ Edwardian Makeup

Look what I found for you – An article about Edwardian makeup from 1909!

While writing a post for you about ladies’ makeup in the Edwardian era (you’ll see that post in the near future) I was perusing the California Digital Newspaper Collection online. And there I found this treasure of an article that was in the Sacramento Union, Number 63, 25 April 1909.

The Edwardian makeup text is hard to read on the old newsprint, so I’ve transcribed it for you. You can find the original at the bottom of this page. Don’t you love the way they wrote back then? read more

Interesting Facts About Life in 1908

At midnight on January 1, 1908, a ball signifying the New Year was dropped for the first time ever at Times Square.

We’re still dropping balls, but so many other things have changed since 1908. What a difference a century makes! I found some interesting facts and statistics about life in 1908 for you. Enjoy!


The average wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour. It will be 30 more years before there would be such a thing as the minimum wage.

The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year. read more

5 Patriotic Independence Day Quotes

Who wants some patriotic quotes to share on Independence Day? Here are five I made just for my readers. Feel free to share them!

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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – Harry S. Truman

“The essence of America is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.” – Condoleezza Rice read more

1908 Ladies Clothing Fashions – Part 3

In Lightning on the Levee, Molly B O’Connor was abducted in 1908 while out for an afternoon walk with her friends. When she arrives in our current time, she’s dressed in the same beautiful Edwardian Afternoon Dress she was wearing then. You can see a photo of the dress, a gift from her father, HERE.

Be sure and read “1908 Ladies’ Clothing Fashions – Part 1”, where I talk about the Edwardian period and La Belle Epoque, and Molly B’s typical clothing choices for daytime wear. read more