Digging up the Past

As a historian, I am interested in learning more about the past. When I was in middle school, I read a lot of books on the western islands in Greece because I wanted to learn more where the “real” Ithaca was. Why? I had just finished reading The Odyssey for the first time. We know […]

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Review: Grant Takes Command

Grant Takes Command by Bruce Catton My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ulysses S. Grant is one of those exceptional individuals and rare generals in American history. He was incredibly humble compared to his colleagues like McClellan, Roscrans, Hooker, and Burnside. Even better, he was much more capable than all of them combined. Perhaps his […]

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Making Peace with Your Past

Earlier this year, I wrote a post called Painful Anniversaries where I related how several past events still cause trauma and flashbacks. They are a mild form of PTSD and until we give ourselves time to heal, we will just be stumbling from pain to pain. Recently, I watched an archived short interview with Major […]

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Living History

Every year until last year, during the Labor Day weekend, Civil War reenactors would take over the Huntington Beach Central Park. They had set up makeshift tents and booths while in costume. Many of them are avid amateur historians: some love that era of American history while others have connections to both sides of the […]

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A Marine Anniversary

In the stress of my new job, there was an auspicious anniversary that I missed last week. On February 23, 1945, the Marines raised the American flag over Mount Suribachi on the tiny Japanese island called Iwo Jima. The iconic photo was possibly one of the most famous pictures of World War 2. This year […]

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The Stories We Tell

I am fascinated by the stories we tell, not just those on Hollywood or on TV. Furthermore, each year, I participate in National Novel Writing Month in November (NaNoWriMo). During NaNoWriMo, the site has a forum where other authors share their progress, frustrations, ideas, and ask for help on fixing a scene or making a […]

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On Greatness

This post took me about 7 years to write. Yes, 7 years. I started thinking about this when I turned 33 years old. This year, I am 40. Forty is a big number. Some say life begins at 40 – when you are financially secure, when you have established your identity and family, when you […]

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