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World War II Woman Pilot Buried at Arlington Cemetery

Read about how WASPs, members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, can at last be buried at Arlington Cemetery. Elaine D. Harmon was interred on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at Arlington Cemetery, the first WASP to be so honored.
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“Grendel’s Mother” wins Top Honor Award!

I was so excited to go to Las Vegas this past week for the Literary Classics awards ceremony. Grendel’s Mother won the Top Honors award for Young Adult literature.

The award, Words on Wings Book Award, “recognizes distinguished fiction for a young adult audience.” I was thrilled to receive  Read More 
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Chicago and Baseball: Compassionate Community

I was excited that the Cubs won the World Series. I saw them as a kid when I went to visit my grandparents in Chicago. Baseball shows up in the diaries of my mom, Joan, in the 1930s and 1940s. It sparks a moment of communion with a young man whose leg has been  Read More 
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Website with 1200 Years of Women Composers

Listen to over 900 pieces of music by women, including Kassia, the Byzantine abbess, and Hildegard von Bingen.
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“Beowulf” Rock Operas, Appalachian Old-Time Music, Tolkien, and Philology

Learn about Beowulf Rock Operas and even an Appalachian “old time” musical, Brother Wolf .
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How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

A recent article in The New York Times commemorating the Battle of the Somme during the Great War, World War I, argues how J. R. R. Tolkien’s terrifying experiences in the trenches influenced his mythscape of Hobbiton, Mordor, and Middle Earth.
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Website with Medieval Women’s Letters

A post on Medievalists.net by Danièle Cybulskie has helped draw attention to a website hosted by the distinguished medieval scholar, Dr. Joan Ferrante. The site is Epistolae: Medieval Women’s Latin Letters.” See Cybulskie's original post at: http://www.medievalists.net/2016/05/28/epistolae-letters-of-medieval-women/
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Campaign to Save ITV show “Home Fires”

Sadly, ITV has cancelled the next season, sparking outrage. I hope ITV decides to reinstate the series–it is wonderful and all from the women’s perspective on the home front. But you can sign the petition (with over 31,000 signatures) to save “Home Fires.”
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New Review of "Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife"

Grendel’s Mother is a stunning, imaginative response to the many questions the iconic poem leaves unanswered. The writer’s deep knowledge of the Norse Sagas and the world of Beowulf spills from every page....This is the hidden story of the women behind the Beowulf saga. Read More 
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New 5 Star Review of "Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife"

Grendel’s Mother by Susan Signe Morrison is the Beowulf legend as you have never heard it before. If you are familiar with the legendary poem, you will definitely enjoy the fresh and utterly compelling spin Morrison puts on the Old English tale as she creates compelling backgrounds to  Read More 
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