Life in the Past Lane

Official blog of award-winning romantic historical and military fiction author Jessica James

Victorian love letter

An old love letter I ran across. Why can't men write like this anymore?To Miss Rose Terry:It is but a few short months since we met, and yet in that time I have come to regard you more in the light of a heavenly angel than an earthly mortal, and in thee, dearest, I...

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Out in the garden

Some of the first flowers topop up in the Spring.This is off topic since I usually write about historical sites or stories of interest, but since I've spent so much time in my gardens this year, I thought I'd share the fruits of my labor through photos.In...

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Tribute to a Southern Hero

"With the bitterness of war all gone, there remains to Americans, North and South, a precious heritage of valor, of self-sacrifice, of sturdy, unflagging never-give-up spirit, a heritage which, in future days of possible stress, will prove inspiration unto us. Mosby...

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Memorial Day tradition

World War I veteran at Evergreen.My sister and I had the privilege of helping once again place flags on the graves of veterans at Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg for Memorial Day.The cemetery has veterans from every war, including the Revolutionary War, War of 1812,...

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A memorable weekend of horses & history

Sunrise over Gettysburg.I'm back from another great weekend excursion that took me to the rolling hills of Virginia and included my two favorite things: Horses and History. On Saturday at a little before 6 a.m., I headed South, but slammed on my breaks and took this...

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Sharing a successful year with readers

Ruins of a church I visited last year inS.C. It was burned by the British duringthe Revolution, and by the Yankees during the American Civil War.Hard to believe that just one year ago this week I was in South Carolina launching my new novel Noble Cause.The...

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The Southern charm of Savannah

River Street Inn, SavannahIt's April! How did that happen? With the weather being so warm I've been out and about more than normal -- but I'm finally going to finish my post on my trip to the Amelia Island Book Festival.As you can see in earlier posts, my trip...

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Visiting the Fountain of Youth

I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely Spring we are having! I picked some fresh asparagus already and planted broccoli. There are buds on the blueberries and cherries and even some blossoms on the strawberries already! Can't wait to eat fresh fruit and vegetables!The...

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More on my visit to oldest city in the nation

Mission Nombre De DiosI'm back from my quick trip to Atlantic City (no, I didn't win any money), and I got my computer back from the shop, so it's time to continue my posts on my trip to the Amelia Island Book Festival in February.I left off when I was still in St....

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Country’s treasures stored in rural Virginia

Rokeby, where all of the documentsof the United States were stored in 1814.I'm interrupting my posts on my trip to the Amelia Island Book Festival, because I volunteered at a great event over the weekend, and want to share.In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of...

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