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Mrs. Douglas MacArthur’s Tablecloth (idea) and Me

Tablecloth, Mrs. Douglas MacArthur's tablecloth, famous signatures, hospitality, General Douglas MacArthur, embroidery, Sharpie markers, memories

I don’t actually own Mrs. Douglas MacArthur‘s tablecloth, but I own one like it. What is that tablecloth? It’s a white tablecloth she used whenever she served dinner to foreign dignitaries. Whenever everyone finished eating, she handed them a pen and asked them to sign the tablecloth. She then had it embroidered. Can you imagine the […]

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Privacy and the Biographer

How does a biographer deal with privacy issues? As in, what if you stumble on something intimate, do you share or do you shield? Or perhaps, side-step? What would you do if you found a comment like this by your subject’s only child: “She was always very hesitant, you see, I mean a lot of […]

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Oswald Chambers’ Birthday

Last week we looked at Biddy’s birthday, this week we celebrate Oswald’s! The two were born 11 days shy of nine years apart–Oswald entering the world in Scotland on July 24, 1874. The seventh of eight children of Reverend Clarence and Hannah Chambers, Oswald had four sisters and three brothers. Oswald grew up in a busy household, […]

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A 4th of July in Maine

Many years ago, we spent our 4th of July in Maine. As I told the kids at the time, “this is a real, old-fashioned, American 4th of July. Enjoy it.” Staying with friends not far from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, we began the morning with a drive to the coast. We hiked at Rachel Carson National Wild […]

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The Family’s Slides–and What to Do with Them

Sorting my family’s ancient slides took a few days to accomplish. My brother unearthed them from the attic and we were curious to know what was in them. The other brother bought a single slide viewer–no one had a projector anymore–and I went through the batch. Our slides were kept in a long box (not […]

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