Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours.
God bless, and I'll see you, Lord willing,
in 2013.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Friday Five

Blizzard #1 of 2010 - 02.06.10

Winter has arrived with a vengeance here in MN. Snow, howling winds, plummeting wind chills. Time to hunker down and ride out the storms. :)

So, this week's Friday Five is:

Five things we do when it storms outside:

1. Hot Chocolate. Nothing better after shoveling and snow-blowing than a hot cup of chocolate. 

2. Turn on the fireplace. We have a gas fireplace, and when the temps plunge, I love to fire it up.

3. Movies and TV on DVD. We're in the midst of a LEVERAGE marathon around here. My daughter has never seen the shows, so we're watching them together.

4. Baking. Candy cane cookies and peanut brittle are on the slate this weekend.

5. Books! Snuggle down with a good book.

What do you do when the weather outside is frightful?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Prince of Peace

Nativity scene - adoration of the shepherds
Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Friday Five

We elves like to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup.

This week's Friday Five is:

Five things I love about Christmas.

1. Candy Canes. Why don't we have this candy all year round?

2. Nativity sets. I have several, and I love them. Traditional, snow globe, quilted, even a set of little bears.

3. Candy Cane Cookies. Sugar cookies with almond flavoring, red food coloring in half the dough, then rolled and twisted and shaped to look like candy canes. I'm making some of these with my daughter when she gets home from college next week.

4. My daughter home from college and the whole family together. 

5. The Christmas Eve service at my church. My most favoritest service of the year. I look forward to it for weeks and months.

What are some of your favorite things about Christmas?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Around the Blogosphere

This month is the release of my first novella collection, Sagebrush Knights. Squee! Here's a little about the collection:

Set in 1874, Sagebrush Knights is the story of four sisters from Seabury, MA who are in need of husbands. Their father, a medieval scholar, has passed away, and they have no means to support themselves. When one of the sisters discovers a copy of The Matrimonial News, a periodical devoted to facilitating mail-order matches, she convinces the other three to place an ad with her. The sisters stipulate that they must find men from the same town, so they will at least have each other as neighbors and support. An answer comes quickly from Wyoming Territory. When the ladies arrive in the little town of Sagebrush hoping to find their knights-in-shining-armor, they are disappointed in the serfs who greet them. While technically neighbors, the ranches are so far apart, the Gerhard sisters will have to learn to trust God and their new husbands if they are going to survive in the West.
Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
“Knight and Day”
Widow Evelyn Gerhard Stanford keeps the knowledge of her ten-year-old son a secret from her prospective groom. When she arrives in Sagebrush, she’s shocked to realize her groom forgot to mention his ten-year-old daughter. While Evelyn tries to teach Gareth’s daughter some manners, Gareth tries to teach Evelyn’s son what it means to be a man. And all the while, they are learning to be a family.
Jane Gerhard, the invisible sister, longs to be special to someone. But the man she weds is a workaholic who spends all his time on the range. Harrison Garvey’s father made him a wager: double his ranch’s production within three years or move back east. Jane tries to win Harrison’s attention, but it isn’t until she works herself to exhaustion that Harrison learns what winning her love is really worth.
“Shining Armor”
Gwendolyn Gerhard is shocked to find out the man she intended to marry has died while she journeyed to meet him. His grandson, Matthew Parker, shows up in Sagebrush determined to send the woman home, convinced that she was a gold-digger. When he learns she has no family to return to, he has no choice but to marry her. . .but that doesn’t mean he’ll fall in love.
“On a White Charger”
Emeline Gerhard has long dreamed of living on a ranch, so she’s thrilled to be heading to Sagebrush. Imagine her surprise when her cowboy turns out to have a ranch all right. . .a sheep ranch. With gentle persistence, Joseph Barrett shows Emeline the reality of life in the west. But when area cattlemen threaten the flock Emeline and Joseph must band together to save their ranch.
Sagebrush Knights is being featured on the blog. We're discussing mail order brides, Wyoming, cowboys, and so much more. One commentor will win a copy of Sagebrush Knights.
Also, Keli Gwyn is featuring Sagebrush Knights on her blog.
She's reviewed the collection and is also giving away a copy.
You can also find Sagebrush Knights by using the links in the left sidebar. 

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Tantalizing Ladies

This is a picture of a delightful group of ladies known as The Tantalizing Ladies Tea ~ A Christian Book Club Coterie. Yep, that's what they're called, and they are every bit as unique as their name.

They read A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA and invited me to visit them and have high tea.

My sister-in-law traveled with me, and we had a wonderful time! We all wore hats, and we partook of the most delicious and delicate treats, rich and aromatic tea, and lots of laughter and book-talk.

Speaking of aromatic, this group makes their own lotions, lip balms, granola, applesauce, tea towels, and a plethora of other crafts. They passed around their homemade soaps, and fragrances, and soon we were testing lotions and smelling things like ginger-lime and sugar-plum-fairy essence oils.

I came home with a huge gift bag of their wonderful crafts and sore cheeks from smiling and sore ribs from laughing at all the funny stories they told. My sister-in-law found that one of the ladies grew up only about a half mile from where she did, and they shared stories and compared notes on what they remember about SE Rochester back in the day.

One of the things I especially love about this group (this is the second time I've visited them, and they've also made me an honorary member by inviting me to be a member of their Facebook group) is the love they show to one another. They vary in age and occupation, but they are all such good friends. They make room for each other's enthusiasms and preferences, praise each other's skills, and celebrate and commiserate as required.

My church just re-started a book club, and we'll be meeting in January for the first time in awhile. I'm looking forward to it!

Are you part of a book club? If so, do you enjoy it? What are you reading? If not, have you thought about starting one?

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Still Chillin'

I'll be continuing the blogging hiatus this week. Thanks for bearing with me as I juggle a crazy-busy schedule this holiday season. I'll still be checking in on blogs and on FB, but the blog will be quiet this week.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Break


I'll be taking a little break from blogging this week to prepare for and celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope you have a safe, memorable, and happy holiday with your family and friends.

But, one question before I go.

Do you like the cranberry jelly that schloorrppss out of the can and retains the shape and ridged of the can, or do you prefer the cranberry sauce with whole fruit, citrus, pecans, marshmallows, etc?

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Friday Five ~ My Bucket List


This week, the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile was in Rochester. I'd never seen it before in real life, and I joked with my husband that I could now cross that off my bucket list.

So, in honor of such a momentous event, this week's Friday Five is:

Five Things On My Bucket List

1. See the Grand Canyon.

2. Visit the Smithsonian.

3. Travel to New Zealand.

4. Wander the halls of the British Museum.

5. See the Cubs win a World Series before I die.

So, what's on your bucket list?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sometimes It Works, Sometimes It Doesn't

Coffee time

I was a guest blogger yesterday over at Coffee Cups & Camisoles. (You can read that post by clicking HERE.) I blogged about how I write best when I'm ensconced at my local coffee shop.

Yesterday I put that method to the test again. I landed at Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop at about 2 pm, and I stayed until 4:30. In that 2.5 hrs, I wrote over three thousand words on my WIP. The best writing day I've had in awhile. 

And yet, it doesn't always work. Some days I get there and it's peck, peck, peck, check email, write a hundred words, delete fifty, check Facebook, peck, peck, pick, pick. I try never to leave before I have at least a thousand words, but sometimes the words just don't come.

That's why I celebrate the good days. 

I'd love to celebrate with you. Have you had a writing success, a personal success? No matter how small, it's worth celebrating, something to carry us through the tough times.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

World War One Red Cross Quilt

November 11th, 2012 was quilt presentation day at the Dodge County Historical Society. Thank you so much to all who came out for the event. I really enjoyed talking with you, hearing your stories of fathers and uncles and family members who fought in World War One. Here are some of the pictures my husband took of the day.

My brother in law, Mike Ambrose, helping me drape the quilt.

Showing Linda "THE BOOK." This is the record where I found the lists of veterans for the quilt.

Here's the book table. :)

In the foreground is the original quilt that inspired my newest release.

A few of the folks who came out.

I was honored to meet Evelyn, who told me her father's name was on the quilt...and her father's cousin, too. They both share the same name! 

Finding Evelyn's dad's name on the quilt.

Chatting with Linda and Ruth.

Linda and me with the board of directors of the Dodge County Historical Society.

James, who ran to the car several times to replenish the book table. (And who also ate his share of the yummy cake the ladies provide.)

Finding another relative's name on the quilt.

We were serenaded by lovely tunes on the antique Chickering piano.

Me with a WW1 vintage flag. Note the 48 stars. :)

It was a lovely time in the church museum, and I was so blessed to have so many family and friends there.

Question for'd you spend your weekend?

Friday, November 09, 2012

The Friday Five - Gangster Style

Yesterday the boy and I took a guided tour of the Gangster Sites of St. Paul. What a great time! Our tour guide was Edna "The Kissing Bandit" Murray, member of the Barker-Karpis Gang.

Fascinating stuff! We learned all about the Three O'Connor St. Paul Layover Rules, speakeasies, bootleggers, Tommy guns, and so much more.

So, today's Friday Five is:

Five Famous Gangsters who lived in St. Paul:

1. Leon Gleckman. Chicago had Capone, St. Paul had Gleckman. Gleckman was the bootlegger king of St. Paul, funneling contraband liquor in and out of the city. He lived in the swankest hotel in the city, The St. Paul. The hotel is still in use today, and still offers the most luxurious accommodations in the city.This is where visiting political luminaries stay when they visit the city, which just goes to show you that not much in their clientele has changed over the years.

2. John Dillinger. America's first Public Enemy #1. Before he was shot to death outside a Chicago movie theater, he was wounded by police gunfire in St. Paul. (On a backstage tour of the MN History Center Archives, I got to see the gun that shot Dillinger, but that's a post for another day.)

3. Homer Van Meter. Dillinger's right hand man and best friend. He was ratted out by a fellow gangster (#5 below) and obliterated in an alley near the state capitol.

4. Alvin "Creepy" Karpis. The brains behind the Barker-Karpis Gang, the mastermind behind the Hamm and Bremer kidnappings, among many other crimes. Karpis served the most time by a single inmate at Alcatraz, and while incarcerated there, he gave guitar lessons to Charles Manson.

5. Harry Sawyer aka "Harry Dutch" the right hand man of Dapper Dan Hogan, who ran The Green Lantern Speak Easy and Casino in downtown St. Paul. Dapper Dan was murdered in a car bombing, and though the killer was never caught, it is suspected that Harry Sawyer was behind the explosion. Harry took over Dapper Dan's business and became the liaison between the corrupt St. Paul Police Chief Tom Brown and the gangsters laying low in St. Paul.

Oh, and the Three Rules of the O'Connor Layover System?

1. No gangster crime (bank robberies, kidnappings, etc.) within St. Paul city limits.

2. Payoffs are expected if the gangsters want the police to turn a blind eye and deflect federal and out of state investigations.

3. When a gangster hits town, he is expected to check in at the Green Lantern, provide an address and telephone number where they could be found.

This was my first tour through Rochester Community Education, and I very much enjoyed it. I learned a lot, had a great time, and I spent some quality time with my son.

How about you? Have you ever gone on a tour like this? Did you know St. Paul was such a hotbed of gangster activity during the 20's and 30's?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

World War One Wednesday

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War.

Veteran's Day is fast approaching. On Sunday, I'll be attending a Veteran's Day Memorial Service in Wasioja, MN. 

How do you plan to honor Veterans this Armistice Day?

A reminder to those in SE Minnesota. Following the 2 pm service in Wasioja on Sunday is the presentation of the WW1 Quilt at the Dodge County Historical Society Museum in Mantorville MN at 3:30. 

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Best Husband Ever

I don't say it often enough, but my husband is the most supportive, most generous, most awesome husband ever.

Occasionally, on a writer's e-loop I am a member lurker on, the topic comes up about how to deal with a spouse who is indifferent or even antagonistic toward the dream of becoming an author.

When you're the one with the dream, the one who is reading the craft books, posting to loops and forums, entering contests, attending conferences, etc, all of this stuff makes perfect sense. The money and time is an investment in making your dream come true. And sometimes, we can have a skewed version of reality, one where no cost is too much, no effort or amount of time excessive. Tunnel vision becomes a way of life.

To someone on the outside, someone who doesn't have the same driving compulsion to create fictional worlds, all this effort and expense, the ups and downs, the hopes and despair, is confusing and incomprehensible. Why put yourself (and me) through this agony?

In light of this, it's not surprising that some people have a rough time explaining to their spouse the need to write, the expense they will incur, the time it takes.

I've been blessed because my husband has always fostered my dreams. He gives me time, space, money, emotional support, and anything else I might think I need. He's sent me to conferences, writing weekends, and coffee shops, supported my reading habits, gone to museums, taken countless pictures of artifacts, houses, signage, and landscapes, listened to me plot, cry, moan, squeal, and fuss.

He has always believed in me, and he's always been certain that no matter what my dreams were, that I could reach them.

I couldn't ask for a better partner on this writing journey.  I love you, Peter Vetsch!

How about you? Does your husband/wife 'get it?'

Friday, November 02, 2012

The Friday Five

This week's Friday Five:

Five TV shows I'm currently watching each week:

1. Elementary - a modern day Sherlock Holmes set in New York City and starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.

2. Castle - I was afraid Castle and Beckett finally getting together would ruin the show for me, but it's been a happy surprise.

3. Hawaii 5-0. This remake of the 60's classic is great, especially Scott Caan as Danny Williams. Unfortunately, it's on at the same time as Castle, so I have to watch it later online. My husband likes Castle too, so we watch that together and I watch McGarritt and Danno later. :)

4. Criminal Minds. Dr. Reid. Need I say more?

5. Leverage. An ensemble cast of modern-day Robin Hoods.

Of course, then I watch lots of sports, too. Currently football, but since the NCAA basketball season is kicking off, I'll be watching lots of Jayhawks games too. :D

So, what do you watch?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's Release Day!!!

It is the official release day for A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA! You can find it at these fine retailers: 

Happy First Day of November, Happy NaNoWriMo kickoff, and Happy Release Day! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

World War One Wednesday ~ Press Release!

First of all, happy Reformation Day! Yup, it's the 490th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenburg Church door.

Second, tomorrow is release day for A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA! Squee!

Third, I have to send a huge shout out to Sandie Bricker, who was so kind and generous with her time and expertise to lend me more than one hand hammering out my very first press release. And all while she's trying to mend from a rather nasty back injury! You can learn all about Sandie and her totally fun books HERE.

Fourth, Here is the polished up press release:

ROCHESTER, Minn. – For Immediate Release - New York Times bestselling author and Rochester resident Erica Vetsch is always looking for inspiration for her next novel. Recently, just such inspiration struck when Vetsch visited the Dodge County Museum in Mantorville, MN, and she spotted a vintage World War I Red Cross signature quilt created by Dodge County women.

When Vetsch saw the names that had been embroidered on the red and white quilt in exchange for a donation to the Red Cross, the author of historical fiction for the inspirational market says, “I knew instantly that I wanted to include a signature quilt in my next novel. I couldn’t help but wonder about these people who donated to have their names on the quilt and about the women who stitched the names.”

Vetsch took that inspiration one step further by creating a signature quilt of her own honoring the WWI veterans of Dodge County. After some diligent research at the Minnesota State Historical Society Library in St. Paul, and the assistance of Mary Ann Bucher, secretary of the Dodge County Historical Society, a list was compiled.

Vetsch and her sister-in-law, Linda Ambrose of Stewartville, MN, pieced, embroidered, and assembled a queen-sized replica of the original Red Cross quilt bearing the names of 359 soldiers and two Red Cross nurses from Dodge County.

The quilt will be gifted to the DCHS Museum. A presentation ceremony is planned for Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. at the museum, located at 615 Main Street in Mantorville. The quilt will be on display at the museum along with the original that inspired the project as well as other World War I artifacts. The author will sign copies of her newest release, A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, CA, the WWI-era novel that emerged from a simple trip to a museum and the discovery of an antique quilt full of memories.

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For more information on the ceremony, contact the DCHS Museum at (507) 635-5508.

Question for you...have you ever written a press release? What would be your dream venue for sending a press release to? The Today Show? Jay Leno? Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog? :D

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ramping Up

Handicapp Ramp

Today, my schedule kicks into high gear. Today is the start of basketball practice for the son. Three practices a week and at least 16 games. For the next four months, we're in overdrive.

I've also taken on a couple of ministries at church, am writing a novel, have a book releasing Nov. 1st and another one Dec. 1st, am homeschooling the boy, approaching the end of year bookkeeping season, and judging in a writing contest.

While I'm eager and excited about many of these things, I'm also feeling the need to get some sort of strategy, some sort of system to make it all manageable. I need to break it down into bite-sized chunks that won't choke me.

I'm blessed to be able to work on my writing/blogging/networking while my son is at practice. There are several hours blocked out every week to work on word count and meet writing goals. Yay!

I'm still working on how everything else will shake out, but I think I'm ready to embrace some busyness. 

How about you? Is your schedule ramping up? Are you devising ways to make it all fit without burning out?

**** THIS JUST IN: Author Keli Gwyn is giving away THREE copies of A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA, and to sweeten the deal, she's also including a copy of A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, KS for each winner too! Hop on over to and leave a comment to be entered to win! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Friday Five ~ Candy Style

Halloween Candy

In light of next Wednesday's goings on, this week's Friday Five is
My Five Favorite Halloween Candies.

1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
2. Payday
3. Snickers
4. Butterfinger
5. Red Licorice

And a bonus:
Five Halloween candies I didn't like to see in my stash:
1. Black Licorice
2. Circus Peanuts (the big orange marshmallowy things)
3. Candy Corn
4. Taffy
5. KitKats

How about you? What's one Halloween candy you really like, and what's one that you don't?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

World War One Wednesday ~ Fashions

While World War One waged on in Europe, women in the US were asked to sacrifice, scrimp, and save in every area of their lives. Meatless Mondays, Wheatless Wednesdays, Victory Gardens, scrap drives, knitting bees, as so much more.

Another area they were asked to conserve in was their dress. From the above pattern book page: This year above all others waste must be avoided and women must devote more than usual care and thought to the proper selection of patterns so that no material will be wasted. The dress you make and never wear is the really expensive one. Why experiment when Pictorial Review Patterns guarantee perfect fit, advance styles, the chic you so much admire in French gowns, and the saving of from one half to one whole yard of material.

Slimmer skirts, narrower sleeves, false pockets, all ways to conserve fabric and money during a trying time. Making your own clothing rather than buying off the rack. Making over dresses from the previous season. Dyeing a white dress pink one year, burgundy the next, anything to stretch the budget.

These practices stood these woman in good stead a decade or so later when the stock market and US economy crashed.

Are you creative about conserving? Are you a coupon user, a saver, a budgeter and planner?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Whatcha Readin?

Since I've begun writing a new romance, I've been deliberate about reading more romances. I want to immerse myself in the genre, reading and noting all the places where my emotions are engaged and seeing how the author accomplished it. I want to get my mind and creativity settled into the romance genre.

I tend to read widely, lots of genres, especially mysteries. I read thrillers, some horror, westerns, historical, contemporary, whatever catches my eye. I also read a lot of non-fiction, history and biography.

But I find when I'm writing a new story, I want to read romances. I want strong heroes, intelligent heroines, compelling conflicts, and a sense of inevitability when it comes to falling in love. I know some writers shy away from reading their own genre out of a fear of copying the style or story line of another writer, but I can't imagine not reading romances while writing.

Some of my favorite romances were written half a century ago by New Zealand author Essie Summers. I just finished re-reading Winter in July a very satisfying story.

How about you? Do you read widely in your genre? When you are writing, do you still read fiction?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

How To Make An Author's Day! (week, month...)

My heart is full, my mind is blown. 

Multi-award winning and Pulitzer Prize nominee Mary Doria Russell, author of the novel Doc, an historical bio-fiction of Doc Holliday, posted this on her website:

A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas by Erica Vestch (2011)
Those looking for a the softer side of life in Dodge City may want to check out this novel.  Combining romance and mystery, Vetsch tells the story of Adeline Reid, a photographer who has come to Dodge City to start a new life.  A life that is threatened when an old acquaintance shows up in town.  If you are looking for Doc Holliday in this story, you won't find him, and Bat Masterson is a mere name on a page.  What you will find, however, is an deeper look at the more genteel side of Dodge City.  Readers should expect a compelling mystery, an engaging romance, and a touch of that action for which the Wild West is best known.

To learn more about Mary Doria Russell and her novel about Doc Holliday, click HERE.

To read more about her and her other books, click HERE.

To purchase A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, KS, the best price I could find online is at and you can find it HERE.

And for a limited time, the Kindle version of A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas is available for just $3.79! You can find it HERE. 

Many thanks to Mary Doria Russell. I'm headed to to purchase Doc.  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Friday Five - Awwwww Style!

I need me some cute and cuddly today, so today's Friday Five is pictures of cuteness.


1. Crazy Cat Lady Starter Kit. :)

puppy Campbell

2. I'm a chocolate lover.

Momma and New Baby

3. How cute are they???

Sleeping Baby

4. Sweeeeeet!


5. LOVE!

I feel better. How was your week, and what makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

World War One Wednesday

Below are the top five fiction titles of 1917. I find it interesting to see what people were reading at a given time in history, because it gives me a bit of insight into what was going on in their heads, what was forming their opinions and shaping their views. I was pleasantly surprised to see that all these titles and authors were familiar to me.

A Princess of Mars (Barsoom...

His Last Bow (Sherlock Holm...


Understood Betsy

The Lost Princess of Oz (Oz...

The year I was born, the most popular book was "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou.

Google "Most popular books of ___________" and put in the year you were born. I'd love to know what was popular in the year of your birth.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Climbing the Mountain

This weekend I started the opening scene of my WIP. I didn't get a ton of words written, but I feel as if I've put my toe into the first crack of the rock face. 

The first line isn't great. I'm waiting for inspiration to dawn on a great, gripping, interesting, engaging first line. Since it hasn't come to me yet, I just went ahead and dove into the rest of the scene. For the first time, I breathed a little life into a setting. I made a name into a character, gave her something she wants, the reason she wants it, and what might keep her from getting it.

I love this process.

So, how about you? Where are you in the project you're working on?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Friday Five

fortune cookies

Thursday night, I was watching Leverage, and Parker quoted a fortune cookie: "A man with one watch knows the time. A man with two is never sure." 

In honor of Leverage and Parker, today's Friday Five is:

Five Funny Fortune Cookie Fortunes:

1. Confucius say: If you think you can sum up your whole life on this little slip of paper, you're crazy!

2. You will be hungry again in one hour.

3. Don't eat any Chinese food today or you will be very sick.

4. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?

5. Help! I'm being held hostage in a Chinese bakery!

Your turn. Make up a funny fortune cookie! And happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

World War One Wednesday

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

How did World War One end? Though the armistice/cease fire was signed on November 11th, 1918, it took six months of negotiations to hammer out the details of a treaty between Germany and the Allied Powers. (Other countries were dealt with, with individual treaties.) On June 28th, 1919, exactly five years to the day after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand that started the War to End All Wars, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, just outside Paris, France.

One of the most difficult points of the treaty called upon Germany (along with Austria and Hungary in their treaties) to accept the blame for starting the war. They were called upon to give up territorial concessions, as well as to make monetary reparations to those countries they had warred against. In addition, they were to disarm, and Emperor Wilhelm II would be tried as a war criminal.

None of these tenants of the Treaty of Versailles was enough to hamper Germany, as proved in just twenty years when Germany launched another military offensive that began World War II. Only a handful of years after Allied troops withdrew from the Rhineland (another tenant of the treaty) Hitler would march German soldiers against most of Europe once more.

Do you remember learning about World War One in school? Or, like me, do you feel your teachers glossed over this period of history in order to focus on the people and events of the Second World War?