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The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion by Judy Miller

During a visit to St. Louis several years ago, one of the unexpected delights was a visit to the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. This was an unplanned sightseeing tour that came about when I spotted a pamphlet in the hotel. It didn’t … Continue reading

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Surprises and Fun While Researching

On a visit to Iowa for some research, I had the fun of visiting the Antique Car Museum of Iowa in Coralville, not far from the Amana Colonies. I’d never before stayed in Coralville and wasn’t even aware of the … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never–Happy New Year!!

Since I write historical fiction, I thought I’d share a little history about New Year’s Eve. I’m writing this because I happened to be cleaning my dining room on New Year’s Eve Day—not for any big party, but just because … Continue reading

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The New Year’s Pretzel

While doing research for my books set in the Amana Colonies, I particularly enjoyed learning about holiday traditions. Since the New Year will soon arrive, I thought I’d pass along a New Year’s tradition from the colonists—one that was new … Continue reading

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An Amana Christmas

With Christmas approaching, I recalled one of my visits to the Amana Colonies during the month of December. Back then, I was writing books set in the Colonies, and needed to complete some research about their Christmas traditions. In an … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Smiles by Judith Miller

With Thanksgiving approaching, I can’t let this opportunity pass without expressing my thanks to those of you who take a few minutes out of your day to read our blogs, as well as the faithful readers who read and promote … Continue reading

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Blennerhasset Island, a Novel Idea

I love history so my vacations always include visits to any historic site or museum I can locate in the area. On one of my treks to West Virginia, I had the opportunity to visit Blennerhassett Island located across the … Continue reading

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Oh, Those Bridges

Along with my daughter, I made a trip to northern Iowa to visit family. I’ve traveled I-35 South many a time coming home from the Amana Colonies. On each of my many trips, I’ve seen the signs to stop and … Continue reading

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An Awesome Surprise by Judith Miller

When I finally typed “The End” on my latest manuscript and sent it off to my publisher a full week early (not bragging or anything), my daughter, granddaughter and I headed off to Missouri for a few days of vacation … Continue reading

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Liberty Memorial by Judith Miller

When visitors ask what they should see when visiting Kansas City, I always suggest the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. I still recall my first visit. The visit was a request for my birthday before … Continue reading

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Life’s Unexpected Detours

Last weekend my daughter, granddaughter, and I had to make a trip out of town—not for anything fun, but to complete some business. On the return, I was eager to get home. I’m on deadline with my current book, and … Continue reading

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What’s under there? Underwear!

Did my title get your attention? I hope so! Today, I thought I’d “slip” back in history and discuss a little about underwear. Since I’ve been going through some of my fashion and clothing books to complete a bit of … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

When Mother’s Day approaches, I’m sure many of us recall the sacrifices our mothers made for us and wonder how they survived our “growing up” years. My own mom was a widow at the age of 29, left with three … Continue reading

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Spreading the Word in Chapel Cars and an Announcement by Judith Miller

I’m delighted to share that my most recent book, The Chapel Car Bride, released on April 6th. Writing this latest book was a genuine pleasure because I was able to include a piece of history that isn’t common knowledge. In … Continue reading

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Easter in the Amana Colonies by Judith Miller

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I enjoy research and finding unusual settings for my books. One of the places I focused upon for six books and one novella was the Amana Colonies in Iowa. During that time, I … Continue reading

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