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  • A Serendipitous Surprise Door

    A Serendipitous Surprise Door

    One of the many enjoyable things about writing historical fiction is doing research. For a history buff like me, it’s a fun way to explore other times and places and even more fun when a place that you’re exploring still exists. For me, one of those places is Shriver’s Saltwater Taffy and Fudge on the…

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  • I believed it was possible, and magic happened

    I believed it was possible, and magic happened

    I didn’t have a reservation to get into the Anne Frank House, and that made me sad. I’d always wanted to visit the secret annex in Amsterdam where the Jewish teenager and her family hid from the Nazis before being captured and taken to concentration camps. But the online process for applying for a reservation…

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  • Prohibition and speakeasies make dramatic settings

    Prohibition and speakeasies make dramatic settings

    My great grandmother ran a speakeasy in Philadelphia during Prohibition. Her daughter, my paternal grandmother, assisted. My aunt, a teenager at the time, was tasked with delivering food to the prostitutes on the second floor, above the bar. And my dad, as a little boy, had the job of burying the money in the family…

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