School Fire Drills Were Much Different Than They Are Now: Read This to Find Out How!

September 27, 2019

Loyal followers who have been reading my posts know that I love to write about the differences between the Great Depression and now. And because my book, Honed Virtue, follows the story of two teenaged boys, I tend to write about how different life for youth was back then than it is today. The first … Continue reading School Fire Drills Were Much Different Than They Are Now: Read This to Find Out How!

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Kids in the 1930s Enjoyed Reading – Here’s Why

September 16, 2019

Children these days may not be able to fathom that children during The Great Depression could entertain themselves without such luxuries as technology and Internet, but I hope you’ll read this passage from Honed Virtue to shed some light. “Students found their own way to occupy spare time. Little Teddie had a book with complicated … Continue reading Kids in the 1930s Enjoyed Reading – Here’s Why

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Get Your Child Excited About School: Read This!

August 27, 2019

As children are heading back to school, I thought it would be fun for them to read this excerpt from Honed Virtue. “Danny was eager to start school. He loved learning, and he was told that trained teachers would be there to enrich the children’s minds. He envisioned five or six hours a day of magical … Continue reading Get Your Child Excited About School: Read This!

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Small Gestures Go Very Far…

August 20, 2019

Mr. Schmidt is a special character in Honed Virtue – he was a man of great kindness, and one who was on the brink of losing everything when the Watanabe family came into his life. Mr. Schmidt shares his whole story in chapter eight, which sets an important backdrop for the important role the Watanabe’s … Continue reading Small Gestures Go Very Far…

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“Honed Virtue caught my interest right from the start. I loved the interaction… Back in the 1930s, things were tough and kids had to grow up fast. The closeness of the two families was very natural and ethnic backgrounds did not matter. They learned from each other. We should have more of that in this day and age… …very entertaining and kept my Interest… enticed me to want to read the next book to find out what will happen… Two thumbs. It was refreshing and delightful.”

-Barbara Kaufhold Licensed Massage Therapist

5 Stars - Wonderful Insight into Growing Up During The Great Depression. I so enjoyed this book! The story of this young man growing up in rural Oregon during the Great Depression was absolutely spot-on. It echoed my family’s oral tradition as well as stories from my own youth.The story is so well told that I became totally invested in it by the end of the first chapter. It was such a page-turner that I made myself take breaks so that I could savor the story. I can’t wait to read the rest of this young man’s story along with Ito and his other friends. The next book in the series can’t come quickly enough for me. This author’s writing style is very easy to absorb. His segues into the background of the other characters feels seamless. The characters, their emotions and their conversations ring absolutely correct. This book will be in my permanent ‘Keepers’ collection. I will be reading all of this author’s work.”

-Janet R. Graham Water Quality Control Analyst