Edward Rickford & The Bend of the River

Welcome Edward Rickford, author of the historical novels, The Serpent and the Eagle and most recently, The Bend of the River. Tell our readers about your new historical fiction. Bend of the River is an exciting historical novel that recounts a fascinating expedition which toppled a seemingly invincible hegemon, established the first European foothold in all the Americas, and helped usher in the era of world trade. What makes your book unique? I think my book […]

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Welcome 2021

I’m struggling to end 2020 on a positive note. Are you? I am so ready to welcome 2021. I shall not burden you with my challenges, as I’m sure you have plenty of your own. However, as we close the calendar on 2020, I am discouraged, disappointed, and fighting to head off depression. I’ve been there before. It’s not a place I care to revisit so I fight against it with a variety of tools. […]

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Thanksgiving 2020

Ironically, in the year I published Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures to explore the story behind our traditional Thanksgiving tradition, we will not gather as family for Thanksgiving 2020. Common sense dictates that to ensure we can gather again another year, we do not do so this year. The Thanksgiving story is one part of my family’s history and for that reason, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. My ancestors, Elder William […]

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An Imperfect World

This week’s blog is a series of excerpts from an interview I did with Ben Tanzer, which he published as “An Imperfect World” in Coil Literary Magazine. The full article is 4500 words. This is a considerably condensed version. An Imperfect World: Ben Tanzer talks with Kathryn Brewster Haueisen about the Mayflower, pandemics, & giving voice to Native Americans in her new book. To speak with Kathy Haueisen is an education about the story of the Mayflower and […]

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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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