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Prayer Guide for Military Family Appreciation Month

Posted by Jocelyn Green on May 01, 2015 in | 1 Comment

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THIS WEEK ONLY: eBook Sale on Heroines Behind the Line series + Giveaways!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 26, 2015 in | 0 Comments

Fill out your collection of the Heroines Behind the Civil War series with this ebook sale THIS week ONLY! From today until May 3, the first three books in the series are each only $2.99, and the latest release, Spy of Richmond, is only $3.99. (UPDATE: at least at Amazon, prices have been reduced to $2.51 for the first three, and $3.03 for Spy!)

TODAY ONLY: Wedded to War ebook for $1.99!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 19, 2015 in | 0 Comments

Grab one for yourself if you don't yet have it, and tell your friends--this sale goes down at the end of today! Christy Finalist Wedded to War is only $1.99 today at Amazon,...

Wanted: Prayer Team

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 16, 2015 in | 27 Comments

Today is a really busy day. I'll spare you my to-do list, but I'll say that blogging wasn't on it, until now. I don't think this request should wait: I am seeking a team of folks who will pray for me and my co-author Kimberly Drew as we work on our devotional book for parents of special needs children. I fully expect that both of us, and perhaps our families, will encounter challenges as Satan tries to distract us from this project. In fact, I do believe it's...

New Book Contracted for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 15, 2015 in Books, News | 6 Comments

Last week I signed a contract with Kregel Publications, officially ending my nine-month sabbatical from deadlines. (If you're curious about how I filled my non-writing season, see my top 20 here.) This new project is one that is very close to my heart. It's a devotional book for parents of children with special needs, and I'm co-authoring it with my dear friend Kimberly Drew. Allow me to introduce you.

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150 Years Ago: Lincoln's Last Day

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

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The End of the Civil War

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 12, 2015 in Civil War History | 0 Comments

On this day in 1865, three days after General Lee's surrender, and four years to the day after the war began in 1861 with the firing on Fort Sumter, Confederate troops formally surrendered to Union. The work of art above, "Salute of Honor" by Mort Kunstler, is so moving to me. But it's even more profound when we consider what was happening at this moment in history. Kunstler's Web site describes it so poignantly, I'm going to quote from it directly:

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What Does an Author Do Between Contracts? My Top 20 List

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 11, 2015 in | 14 Comments

When I turned in Spy of Richmond to my publisher last July, I was without a contract for the first time in seven years. At first, I felt both free and untethered, which I realize sounds the same, but whereas freedom is desirable, being untethered felt uncomfortable. I felt both of these things in equal parts, in alternating stages. It sounds weird, because it was weird. Life was suddenly, drastically, different. And sometimes, different is good. :) It has been a wonderful sabbatical...

Phantom Limb Pain and the Civil War

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 09, 2015 in Civil War History | 0 Comments
 

 

Though the phenomenon of phantom limb pain had been recorded long before the Civil War, it was Silas Weir Mitchell (pictured at left), a Philadelphia physician specializing in nerve injuries during the Civil War, who coined the term. Phantom limb pain, or PLP, occurs when a patient feels pain in an arm or leg that has been amputated. Mitchell studied PLP (or sensory hallucinations, as he also called them) in depth at the Turner’s Lane hospital in Philadelphia, dubbed the Stump Hospital because it focused on caring for amputees....

The Civil War and Prosthetic Limbs

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Apr 07, 2015 in Behind the Books, Civil War History | 0 Comments

“It is not two years since the sight of a person who had lost one of his lower limbs was an infrequent occurrence. Now, alas! There are few of us who have not a cripple among our friends, if not in our own families. A mechanical art which provided for an occasional and exceptional want has become a great and active branch of industry. War unmakes legs, and human skill must supply their places as it best may.”

~Oliver Wendell Holmes, M.D., “The Human Wheel, Its Spokes and Felloes” 

If necessity is the mother of invention, it should come as no surprise that the Civil War, which...

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