Why is June 6th still important to us today? Some unknown facts about Operation Overlord (D-Day)

June 6th, 1945. It is hard to understand the scope and risk involved in the planning and execution of Operation Overlord. It was the largest amphibious invasion in history- more than 5,000 ships and landing craft, 11,000 warplanes, 13,000 paratroopers, 50,000 vehicles, and 156,000 Allied troops landed on the 50-mile section of Normandy’s coast withContinue reading “Why is June 6th still important to us today? Some unknown facts about Operation Overlord (D-Day)”

My first Spin Class experience- I think I died a little.

My friend invited me to a Spin Class on Saturday morning. She tells me that we will be riding to raise money for a local non-profit in Fairbanks. Working for a non-profit, I am down! I always want to support what others are doing for our community- and if I can get a bit ofContinue reading “My first Spin Class experience- I think I died a little.”

To the Gemini’s of the world! Good Luck! Love, the rest of us.

I thought I would spend my time learning about how horoscopes work. After hours of studying the stars and alignment of the planets- this is what I came up with: OVERALL: Your month will be filled with mixed fortunes! It may a really good month. It may be a really bad month. It would beContinue reading “To the Gemini’s of the world! Good Luck! Love, the rest of us.”

The American Eagle- my Nemesis!

The Eagle. Since 1782 it has been the symbol of America and freedom. It is a mean bird. They are a vicious hunter that has taken numerous fish off of my fishing line. There have been two different occasions that his flight toward me has caused me to jump into a freezing river or lake.Continue reading “The American Eagle- my Nemesis!”

Meet Morris the Moose- the Alaskan Standoff!

This is my friend Morris. Morris the Moose. I meet him while traveling to a remote lake in the Interior of Alaska. How remote? The directions are coordinates- Latitude: 62.281264, Longitude: -146.556511. Or, if you ask the locals, go 42 miles past Delta Junction and look for a bent tree next to an old mailboxContinue reading “Meet Morris the Moose- the Alaskan Standoff!”

President Lincoln- wrestler, lawyer, boatman, soldier, store clerk…what else do we not know about him?

There is no reason for this blog other than I stumbled on a small tidbit of information that I never knew- President Abraham Lincoln is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame. According to Historians, Abraham Lincoln has only one confirmed loss in nearly 300 wrestling matches. Bill Green, a store owner from New Salem,Continue reading “President Lincoln- wrestler, lawyer, boatman, soldier, store clerk…what else do we not know about him?”

‘I think this would be a good time for a beer!’ My reason why FDR was considered a great President.

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-iqnw4-1019eb0 82 days into his 4th term as President, FDR dies at his home in Warm Springs, GA.  I wanted to explore why FDR was such a popular president within the first 30 days of his first term- and the answer will surprise you.  You should probably get a beer before listening to this one. Continue reading “‘I think this would be a good time for a beer!’ My reason why FDR was considered a great President.”

With the title of Night Witches- you know they had to be bad ass with that name…but who were they?

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-uisrd-1019ea5 Explore the role that Soviet Union women pilots played in WWII and how they helped win the war!   his episode is also available as a blog post: wannabehistorian.blog

The Northernmost Southern BBQ! Explaining how Alaska has the best BBQ is never easy.

I was challenged again friends- write a story on a favorite restaurant- and here it is! Maybe this one will spark the interest of a publisher? I live in interior Alaska. Interior Alaska is land all to its own- we do not have the beautiful mountains that waterfalls flow down like lace. We do notContinue reading “The Northernmost Southern BBQ! Explaining how Alaska has the best BBQ is never easy.”