• Historical Flavors: Parking Meters

    Sandra Ardoin @Sandra Ardoin Okay, I’ll admit it. Today’s Historical Flavors post is highly random. Parking meters? I came across an article on the History website about the invention and installation of the first parking meter in the world. One would think…

  • Historical Flavor: Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Sandra Ardoin @SandraArdoin The novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in February of 1885, has been a lightning rod over its 133 years being termed on occasion “coarse” and “racist.” Somewhere along the way, it became a classic. (I believe I still…

  • Historical Flavor: Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Sandra Ardoin @Sandra Ardoin Like many young girls growing up, the Little House books of Laura Ingalls Wilder stoked my reading habit. Who knows? They may have even influenced my desire to write historicals of that time period. So when…

  • Historical Flavor: Grit of Teddy Roosevelt

    Sandra Ardoin @SandraArdoin Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt was known for his adventurous deeds. It seems he proved his mettle (or was it obstinacy?) on October 14, 1912 when he went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to give a campaign speech. He was…