Life in the Past Lane

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

Remembering what Memorial Day is all about

Since it has its roots in the Civil War, I've covered the history of Memorial Day in other blog posts. Today, I just wanted to remind everyone to remember what this three-day weekend is all about - to honor those who have fallen in service to this country.To help...

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The sweet taste of summer

It looks like summer weather has finally arrived. We've been teased with it here in Pennsylvania since March, but at last I think it's here to stay. I've been picking fresh strawberries by the handful for a few weeks now, but this is an example of what I've been...

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Aldie Mill’s Civil War ties

I had a great time signing copies of my Civil War novel, Shades of Gray, in Aldie, Va. on Saturday during the village's bicentennial celebration.The best part was getting to sit right in front of the historic Aldie Mill which was used to supply grain to horses and...

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Booksigning at historic Aldie Mill

So excited to be going to a last-minute booksigning tomorrow (Saturday, May 22) in beautiful and historic Aldie, Va.Not only do I have an excuse to go to Virginia, I will be signing copies of my Civil War novel, Shades of Gray behind the historic Aldie Mill, where...

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Great post on search engines for history students

Just received this info from a kind reader who has written an excellent post called "75 Search Engines for History Students."Take a look for yourself, but it is really nice that they are broken down into categories like: search engines for history students, search...

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A Civil War connection to Mother’s Day

Since I am lucky enough to have one of the best mothers on the planet, I decided to do a post on the celebration of Mother's Day. What a great surprise to find out that this holiday actually has a Civil War connection.Though the earliest historical records of a...

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Pre-Civil War: The Art of Letter Writing

Ironic that on the day a poll came out revealing that 31 percent of teens send more than 100 text messages daily, I received my 1851 copy of The American Letter-Writer and Mirror of Polite Behaviour: A Useful Guide in the Art of Letter-Writing with Rules of Conduct...

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A sure sign of Spring

As an historical ficiton author, I usually spend the month of April blogging about the Civil War. It is, after all, the month it all began (1861) and ended (1865). But whether it was the hard winter we had, or the fact that I seem to have very little time on my hands...

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Spring is here. Lots to do.

Wow, what great weather we had in Pa. for Easter weekend! I got a lot of much-needed yardwork done, and also took the time to pick three vases full of flowers.I have purple, white, light pink, hot pink, yellow, and lavender hyacinths (gifts from Easter's past that I...

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April is Confederate History Month

April is here! Not only is everything finally starting to bloom after a long, cold weather, April also marks one of the most important months in the history of our nation. In 1861, April marked the beginning of the Civil War, and in 1865, it marked the end of the war....

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