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118 years ago today, at roughly 5:15 a.m., one of the most tragic natural disasters America has ever known occurred - an earthquake estimated to be between 7.9 and 8.3 and later subsequent fires completely leveled the city of San Francisco. 

In light of the more recent natural disasters (the 4.8 earthquake on the East Coast and flooding in the Northeast, of which my own town in Ohio was affected), it’s perhaps sobering to realize we are luckier than those 118 years ago in terms of our resources to rebuild after such a tragedy.

Keep an eye out for future posts about Book 7 of the Adele Gossling Mysteries because this 1906 event plays a major role in that book.

In the meantime, here’s a timeline of the earthquake and fire and the aftermath. Natural Disasters, Urban, Ohio, Fire, Earthquake, San Francisco Earthquake, Aftermath, San Francisco Bay, Northeast
Fire! Fire!
118 years ago today, at roughly 5:15 a.m., one of the most tragic natural disasters America has ever known occurred - an earthquake estimated to be between 7.9 and 8.3 and later subsequent fires completely leveled the city of San Francisco. In light of the more recent natural disasters (the 4.8 earthquake on the East Coast and flooding in the Northeast, of which my own town in Ohio was affected), it’s perhaps sobering to realize we are luckier than those 118 years ago in terms of our resources to rebuild after such a tragedy. Keep an eye out for future posts about Book 7 of the Adele Gossling Mysteries because this 1906 event plays a major role in that book. In the meantime, here’s a timeline of the earthquake and fire and the aftermath.
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Free book right here!
It’s always a good idea to begin at the beginning, right? So why not begin my Adele Gossling Mysteries at the beginning? In Book 1 of my Adele Gossling Myseries, Adele, epistolary expert and police aid (much to the chagrin of her rather procedural assistant deputy brother) and her spiritual sidekick, Nin Branch find out who murdered the lovely Lucy Blackstone who just happens to be Adele’s neighbor. A dead body in the gazebo? No problem! Just follow the clues (including a crushed carnation and a ring). You can start out this series for FREE on any online bookstore. Just follow the link!
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Coming Soon!
In 2020, I released a book that readers have called “close to the heart” and many have said they knew women who experienced the kind of emotional conflicts that are depicted in these stories. I’m sure you will identify with some of those women too! Now Lessons From My Mother’s Life is getting a makeover! I’m rereleasing it in March with a brand new cover and some additional revisions of the stories to make them even more enjoyable. So mark your calendar for March 29, as this is when you’ll be able to grab your copy with the new cover and revisions (and it will be at a discounted price as well).
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Happy Black History Month!
Today begins Black History Month where we honor the struggles and milestones of the civil rights movement. Here’s a blog post I wrote for Martin Luther King Jr. Day last year about the history of the NAACP, an organization that was, and still is, instrumental in furthering civil rights in America.
Love boxsets? Me too! I especially love it when I can settle down to some cozy mystery reads that will take me away from the stresses of everyday life. That’s exactly my intention with my new upcoming box set, Adele Gossling Mysteries (Books 1-3). Follow Adele and her clairvoyant sidekick Nin as they discover the culprit behind the murder of a small town debutante, a schoolteacher, and a wealthy widow who may or may not have been killed by her own son! Books, Adele, Novella, Sign I, Lettering, True Crime, Barnes And Noble
Box set now on preorder!
Love boxsets? Me too! I especially love it when I can settle down to some cozy mystery reads that will take me away from the stresses of everyday life. That’s exactly my intention with my new upcoming box set, Adele Gossling Mysteries (Books 1-3). Follow Adele and her clairvoyant sidekick Nin as they discover the culprit behind the murder of a small town debutante, a schoolteacher, and a wealthy widow who may or may not have been killed by her own son!
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Happy American Indian Heritage Month!
Today begins American Indian Heritage month! We celebrate and honor American Indians and their heritage during this month. I’m a classic movie fan and when I read the story about Sacheen Littlefeather’s acceptance of Marlon Brando’s Oscar in 1973 and the politics surrounding it, I was intrigued. But Littlefeather was much more than just Brando’s mouthpiece on Oscar night, as you can read in my blog post. https://tammayauthor.com/uncategorized/more-than-brandos-mouthpiece-sacheen-littlefeather
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Happy Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
This month is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month so we want to celebrate this very diverse culture. Last year, I wrote a blog post about the East West Players and how an old (and not so non-discriminatory) film was the germ of the creation of this admirable acting group.
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Honoring WWI Nurses
Today is Veteran's Day where we honor all those who fight to keep us safe. We don't want to forget that it isn't only soldiers who fight but also other personnel. Here's my blog post about nurses who fought in the front lines in World War I.
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Happy Halloween!!!
Here’s a little bit about the kind of spooks and mischief that went on more than 100 years ago during Halloween (hint: they weren’t pretty). (This is a spread my sister did a few years back for Halloween in her art journal)
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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! We celebrate but we also recognize other sides of the coin, like the struggle of the Latino community in California against eugenics programs in the early 20th century. You can read about that here:
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The real story behind Black Friday
It's Black Friday! Here's a little bit about the dark (no pun intended) history behind Black Friday. Fun tip: the term Black Friday as we know it today got its meaning probably in the 1950s. Keep in mind this was the post-war era where people were prospering and consumerism was on the rise, so that makes sense, right?
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Who Really Invented Daylight Saving Time
Today is Daylight Savings Time in the United States. Did y'all know DST has an entire history behind it? Watch the video below to learn all about it!
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Thank This World War II-Era Film Star for Your Wi-Fi
We're stepping out of Gilded Age technology to look at mid-20th century technology. Y'all have probably heard about this gorgeous Hollywood actress who helped invent what we know as wifi technology today.
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Working Women’s Tragedy: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911
This year is the 110th anniversary of one of the most tragic work-related events in history - The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.