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A War Book But Not…… June 25, 2018

Filed under: Books,World War II — Janet @ 10:39 pm

IMG_2237  1944 Diary is set in the Dutch city of Delft  during the 2nd World War. But the War is very much in the shadows. just a backdrop. It is more about the author’s struggles and doubts about his ability to be a writer, his inclination to be a doctor, and the conflicts of his feelings for his wife and child and his mistress.  The author, Hans Keilson, is a German of Jewish faith.  He is in hiding in Delft.  Not to spoil the ending, he survived the war and lived to age 101, a significant writer, poet, doctor, and psychoanalyst – he died in 2011.


Memories of World War II May 28, 2018

Filed under: Family,Family memories,Family photographs,World War II — Janet @ 4:34 pm

2018_05_28_08_48_18.pdf001    March 1943 – a visit with my brother training to be a Navy pilot


Remembering The War Years May 27, 2018




My brother and sisters and me – on a visit to my brother stationed at Fort Devens in Fitchburg Mass

IMG_0001  another wartime photo – my brother on a visit home  (I am peeking out the window)       This might have been the weekend which stirs a vivid memory of coming home from church on a Sunday morning and unexpectently seeing my brother at the top of the street.  Thrilled – I ran up the hill and into his arms.  I was 7 or 8 years old.
















A Tribute To A World War II Soldier March 30, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Veterans Day,World War II — Janet @ 7:30 pm

In researching my genealogy I’ve come across a record of a very distant relation who served in the Air Force in World War II.  Maybe he isn’t related at all, the connection is pretty tenuous, but all the same I feel especially moved and want to acknowledge his service and sacrifice.  He was PVT Sage Harden Upshaw, born in 1912 in Georgia, died on June 3, 1944 in England.  Just before D-Day on June 6, 1944.  He is buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge England.  He was the son of William Upshaw who married my father’s sister, Myrtle.  Sage was a son by a previous marriage.

56287228_129515679923               sage harden upshaw





Essex Land Girls December 1, 2016

img_1862  Reading this very interesting book about the Women’s Land Army (WLA) in Essex England.during the First and Second World Wars.  And thinking of my ancestors who lived in this part of England centuries before these conflicts.


Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence January 12, 2016

Filed under: David Bowie,Films,World War II — Janet @ 2:25 pm

I along with millions of others feel saddened by the death of David Bowie.  A rare talent.  When I first heard the news, I thought of the film Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.  Not a film I saw – too painful a subject.  But I have read the Laurens Van Der Post books on which the film was based.   Now I have learned so much more about this multi-talented rock icon.




World War II in Burma November 28, 2015

Filed under: World War II — Janet @ 3:36 pm

9780 tales by Japanese soldiers   Tales of endurance, heroism, compassion, duty and much more


A Good Film October 31, 2015

Probably you’ve already seen this film – it’s been around for a while.  Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.  We finally saw it last night – it was outstanding, in every way.

http://wikipedia/womanin gold       MV5BMTExMTUxNDQ5MjdeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDk4NTgxMzQx._V1_SX640_SY720_       klimt_edit-xlarge


Prisoner on the Kwai March 28, 2015

Filed under: World War II,Writers,Writing — Janet @ 6:51 pm

Prisoner on the Kwai.


Drama at the Nordic Heritage Museum January 24, 2015

Filed under: Norway,Plays,World War II — Janet @ 7:19 pm

IMG_5318   The Epiphany.  A play reading at the Nordic Heritage Museum, January 22, 2015

This was a splendid reading of an excellent play.  It was written by Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim.  The play is set against the backdrop of Nazi occupation in World War II.

The Epiphany   1918812_174808520970_1123504_n          IMG_5402