Wow, Jennie....your book came out a year ago. Why are you just now getting around to creating an author's page? That is certainly a valid question. Actually, I have had a page for quite some time. However, the title and web link both say, Army Laundress. Unfortunately, people didn't always make that connection, especially when I write about other topics. I decided it was time to use my name as a connection to an author's web page.
As I sit here on the eve of Independence Day, I think of the freedoms we have. I have the freedom to start a new web page. I have the freedom to write what I want, you have the freedom to read what you want. We have the freedom to walk into a grocery store, and find what would be to some, an unimaginable choice of foods and other necessary supplies. We can buy fuel for our vehicles, our children are afforded a free education, we choose what we wish to become in life. Sometimes, we choose more than once.
Tomorrow we will celebrate those freedoms and many more. Many of us will go to local celebrations. I know I will. Laramie's big celebration is in a city park. As I drove home this evening, I saw the funnel cake trailer preparing for the event. The snow cone trailer was parked on another street. There will be food vendors. Civic groups and churches will be handing out slices of watermelon, cookies, hand-scooped ice-cream cones and more. There will be music, and games for the kids. The fire department will have their trucks on display. Red, white and blue bunting and American flags will be in abundance. It will be a busy place, with people nodding hello or stopping to talk. The big talk will be the forest fire burning west of town. Hopefully, by this time tomorrow it will be out.
The day will wrap up with a fireworks show. People will choose the best vantage points, and sit in their cars or on blankets as they watch the sky light up.
I don't know what I will do with my Army Laundress page. I may completely merge it with this page. I may keep it going as more of an historical information page. There is time to figure it out. Thankfully, I live in a country where I have that freedom.
Jennie Lawrence is the author of Soap Suds Row - The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802 -1876. She also writes a regular column for African Violet Magazine, and has done freelance work. She has started to dabble in children's literature as well.