Life in the Past Lane

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

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...

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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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Weather during the Civil War

With all the hype about Global Warming, I thought it would be interesting to print something about the weather during the Civil War. It's eye-opening to see the weather cycles that have been occurring since the beginning of time.According to the Virginia Vignette,...

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From snow to sun

I don't know if there is anything as majestic and serene as a Spanish moss-covered oak in the South. This picture was taken at Brookgreen Gardens, south of Myrtle Beach, S.C., where I'm relaxing and working on my next Civil War novel. To see more photos of my trip see...

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Down South

As many of you know, I am in beautiful South Carolina this week, and I can't think of a better place for a historical fiction author to relax and write.I am always looking for new plantations to explore, and was thrilled to find one close by called BrookGreen Gardens...

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Valentine’s Day and Civil War romance

In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd print a post I did about the beautiful love letter of Major Sullivan Ballou.“If I do not return, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I loved you, nor that when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper...

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