Pilgrim Hall

As I revisit Plymouth this week to soak up the history of the town’s role our country’s history, one important stop is Pilgrim Hall. Today Plymouth is a thriving community of around 60,000 people. In 1620 the population had been reduced from 102 Mayflower passengers to the fifty-one who lived through the first grueling winter. These English survivors established their new Plimoth Plantation on the site of an abandoned Patuxet village. A pandemic had swept through […]

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Mayflower II

This week and next I return to Plymouth and Provincetown where I did some of the research for Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures. Our first stop is Plimoth Plantation – recently renamed Plimoth Patuxet to acknowledge the community’s name when Indigenous people occupied the area. Plimoth Patuxet is a living museum. People dressed in period outfits talk about their lives in the 17th century. Today there is an in-door museum and theatre and […]

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David Bowles – RV Writing

I met David at one of the many Houston Writers events. I was fascinated with his tales about being an RV writer, traveling the country doing research for his books and captivating audiences along the way with his stories. Thanks for dropping by this week to tell us about your RV writing on wheels life. My four-year-old dog Becka and I live and travel full-time in an RV, telling and writing the stories of the […]

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Mary Brewster, Matriarch of the Mayflower

The execution of Mary Queen of Scots played a role in the life of Mary Brewster. Allow me to introduce you to this remarkable, though less famous, Mary. I consider her the Matriarch of the Mayflower. Being in her early 50s when she sailed, she was one of the older passengers. She devoted her entire adult life to taking care of others. Early Years Mary Brewster grew up in in Northern England. Though genealogists have not […]

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Mayflower Voyage Anniversary

Happy Mayflower Voyage Anniversary! This Sunday, September 6, 2020, marks the 400th anniversary of the third and final attempt by Master Christopher Jones to sail the Mayflower from England to New England. I suspect if Master Jones had known what was in store for him, his crew, and the 102 passengers, he’d have declined the honor. Jones and his crew sailed the wooden cargo ship Mayflower from London to Southampton in July. He’d probably navigated that […]

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