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New Life in the Wasteland

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 21, 2015 in | 4 Comments

As we've been talking about what this month was like in Gettysburg in 1863, I ran across this blog post which originally was published in 2013, just a few weeks after Widow of Gettysburg released. It's worth sharing again today. (Some of you may remember that our guest blogger, Kimberly Drew, is now my co-author for a new devotional book for parents of children with special needs children, too!)

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Little Union Girl Touches the Heart of a Confederate at Gettysburg

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 16, 2015 in Behind the Books, Civil War History | 5 Comments
Edward McPherson Farm. Gettysburg farms like this one were used as field hospitals.

During my research for Widow of Gettysburg, I read everything I could related to the battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) and its aftermath. I read so many gory descriptions of the carnage that I started to glaze over them. But one day, a sweet letter from a soldier to a Sunday school girl brought tears to my eyes. I want to share it with you. First a little background: during the Civil War, the Christian Commission (born out of the YMCA) encouraged Sunday school...

Recipe: Perfect Lemon Shortbread

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 14, 2015 in | 0 Comments

This summer, I've been reading The Secret Garden to my kids. In  the story, when the character Mary Lennox isn't outside weeding and planting, she's often having English tea in her uncle's manor on the moor. So when I came across this easy and delicious recipe for lemon shortbread, I decided we'd have our own tea time right here in Iowa, using my grandmother...

Behind the Scenes: The Making of an Audio Book!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 09, 2015 in Behind the Books | 6 Comments

Today I'm thrilled to be sharing an interview with the very talented Laura's Voice, who brings Widow of Gettysburg to life in audio book format! This is my first novel that has been made into...

Gettysburg Diaries: Georgeanna Woolsey's "Friendly Enemies"

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 07, 2015 in Civil War History | 0 Comments

Today in 1863, Gettysburg began to experience a second invasion. The armies had withdrawn on July 4, and now it was time to pick up the pieces of shattered homes--and bodies. Last week I shared the perspectives of housewife Sarah Broadhead and of teenager Tillie Pierce. Today I'd like to share from the perspective of Sanitary Commission nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. The following is excerpted from my nonfiction book,...

Gettysburg Diaries: Tillie Pierce's Field for Profound Thought

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 02, 2015 in Books, Civil War History | 0 Comments

Today in 1863, Gettysburg shuddered beneath its second day of battle. Yesterday, I shared housewife Sarah Broadhead's perspective of hiding in the cellar during the July 1 fighting. Today, it's teenaged Tillie Pierce's turn in the spotlight. The following is excerpted from my nonfiction book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front:

A Field for Profound Thought

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Gettysburg Diaries: Sarah Broadhead's Suspense in the Cellar

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 01, 2015 in Behind the Books, Civil War History | 0 Comments

On this day in 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, shed its small town tranquility as the most famous battle in the entire Civil War began. For three days, war would rage in fields and orchards, with farmers and townspeople alike caught in the crosshairs. Today I'd like to share with you one woman's perspective. The following is excerpted from my nonfiction book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home...

My Hurting Son, Nurses in Denial, and a Message for Those in Pain

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 29, 2015 in | 21 Comments

Last week, I took my six-year-old son in to have his cast removed and replaced with a new one for the final three weeks of his healing. I didn't think it would hurt. Boy, was I wrong. Between the old cast and the new cast, they x-rayed his arm to make sure the bones were still in good alignment. (They are.) They wouldn't let me in the room, so I don't know what happened in there exactly, but when he came out, he was white as a sheet, as white as he was when he first broke his arm. He told me the way they...

3 Heroines of Gettysburg

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 22, 2015 in Civil War History | 2 Comments

Both Hollywood and history books tell stories of valor from the battle of Gettysburg. But...

Broken Bones, a Stranger in a Wheelchair, and the Power of Scars

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jun 15, 2015 in Journal | 10 Comments

The kids and I wanted to do something really memorable for the last day of school a couple of weeks ago. Mission accomplished: my 6-year-old son broke his arm when  he jumped out of a swing and landed wrong. Poor little guy! I think his fear was as difficult to bear as the pain. He kept saying, "I don't want to be broken!" It took some time to assure him (and his big sister) that in time, he would heal.

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