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I’m more likely to understand someone after I’ve listened deeply to them. In my day-to-day and in my writing life, I often use the enneagram, a personality type system that examines people’s innate tendencies and finds directions in which they can grow. This is especially important for the three main characters in my Dauntless Series: […]

Song for Mary Anthony

Susan B Anthony family

In “Song for Mary Anthony,” listeners accompany Susan B. Anthony’s sister Mary who fulfills Susan’s request to continue suffrage work in far away Oregon.

Pivotal episode in Civil War history

book cover featuring man in top hat with sword and title "The 116." Chronicles the Frontier Guard at start of Civil War

Daniel Read (D.R.) Anthony served as a Frontier Guard in a pivotal episode at the start of the Civil War. For nine days in April 1861, he and 115 other Kansans bivouacked on the floor of the White House. Their mission? To protect the recently-inaugurated President Lincoln from abduction and probable death. James P. Muehlberger […]

The wind beneath Susan’s wings: Mary Stafford Anthony

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If Susan B. Anthony and her youngest sister were alive today, Susan would almost certainly describe Mary as the wind beneath her wings. Today’s hat tip goes to Mary Stafford Anthony in honor of her birthday on April 22, 1827, in Battenville, NY. Mary was seven years younger than Susan and never married. “Miss Mary” […]

Anthony family: diversity of religious expression

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Last night my husband and I attended our Presbyterian service of Maundy Thursday to commemorate the evening of the Last Supper when Jesus was betrayed. Afterward, we accepted an invitation to participate in a seder meal with the Congregation Etz Chaim, just down the road from our church.   As the evening concluded, we prayed […]

Women Whalers

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You don’t hear about women whalers very often, even though they were not uncommon in the 19th century. In fact, Annie Osborn Anthony, daughter of a whaling captain from Martha’s Vineyard, had such a seafaring woman in her family. Today’s post references Annie’s sister-in-law Lucy Hobart Osborn, who will represent dozens of women who accompanied […]

The Anthonys in Rochester

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I have blogged extensively about the  Anthony family in Kansas and Martha’s Vineyard because those two areas were the focus of my trilogy’s first book The Truth About Daniel. However, for some months I unintentionally slighted their hometown in Rochester. So here’s my commitment: I will include the Rochester connection on a regular basis from […]

Missing at Christmas

Jon and I anticipated the best-ever Christmas this year. Our three year-old grandson, who shall be called Munchkin, is finally old enough to get the gist of opening gifts. We were psyched and ready! Our visiting son Big Thunder bought Munchkin a toddler camera that actually worked. We also made the little guy a photo […]

Anna Osborn Anthony, Wife of D.R. Anthony

Anna Osborn Anthony (usually called Annie) married thirty-nine-year-old Daniel Read Anthony when she was just nineteen. Only the basic facts and a few tantalizing glimpses remain of her.