The Good Doctor Was a Spy: The Lively Times of Robert Wellford

One of Fredericksburg's leading citizens was either a patriot or a traitor, depending on whether you favored coats of Tory red or Revolutionary blue. Robert Welford, who went on to become a distinguished doctor in Fredericksburg as well as President Washington's choice for Surgeon General, began life April 23, 1753, in the town of Ware…
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Loaves of Fun: A History of Bread with Activities and Recipes from Around the World

Making bread from flour, yeast, water/milk and whatever else goes into your recipe is one of the most satisfying things a person of any age can learn, and there are so many good lessons for homeschooling, too. There’s measuring, of course, but there are a lot of little things that baking reinforces. Patience: it takes time…
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Ellwood: A Crossroads in History

For more than two hundred years, this Spotsylvania farm has stood as a witness to Virginia history. Originally carved from land given to colonial Governor Alexander Spotswood, Ellwood willingly hosted two armies-that of the Marquis de Lafayette during the Revolutionary War and General Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863. However, in 1864…
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The Astounding Leigh Brackett

“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s Plot.”  ― Leigh Brackett "Would it help if I got out and pushed?" —Princess Leia to Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back From sharp-tongued…
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