Friday, February 15, 2019

Weekly Windup Winding Down and Giveaway!

Hello Friends!!

We've had a few gorgeous days here in Colorado and it has put me in the mood for Spring Cleaning! As part of the spiffing up here at Stitches Thru Time, we are making a few adjustments and changes that we hope will freshen things up around here. AND to celebrate, we are offering a GIVEAWAY! Stay tuned to the end of the post to hear about that. :D

Weekly Windup

We've had a wonderful time with the Weekly Windup and giveaways here at STT. But this year we are going to change the way we operate our giveaways. Instead of running them as a blanket giveaway over two weeks, they will be handled by each author in their individual posts. This will free us up to deliver more fresh content, instead of taking so much time to assemble the WW posts, etc. So, you will see the Weekly Windup posts go away, but the giveaways will still be coming!

Wednesday Posts

Since so many of us have church on Wednesday and several members have had to cut back with time constraints, STT will no longer have a new post on Wednesdays. By taking this day off, we will be able to keep the same fun and upbeat community around what we love, our faith, books, history, crafts and friendship.

Spiffing and Cleaning

You might see a few adjustments to the appearance of the blog and the ease of finding past posts. That's all a part of our Spring Cleaning and spiffing up. :D

Now for the Giveaway!

One blessed commenter will receive their ebook of choice from any Stitches Thru Time author!

We are all so excited to see what this next year has in store for all of us, and sharing each experience here at Stitches Thru Time!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

When Valleys Bloom Again: A Book Review

Journey to the days of World War II with its myriad challenges for survival. Parents want to protect their children, even when they’re legally of age. England isn’t safe in 1939, and Abby Stapleton’s parents are determined to send her to America.
She arrives at her aunt and uncle’s estate in Pennsylvania. Aunt Val is abrasive and Abby doesn’t understand why. Her uncle is a dear, but his health is failing.
Abby meets Jim, whom her parents wouldn’t approve of. He’s a poor gardener on the estate. Uncle Will’s nephew Henri is his self-absorbed attorney who has secrets of his own. He decides Abby would make a beautiful, pliable wife.
Abby wants to marry Jim. He’s drafted and sent to Europe. She can tell from his letters that the war is changing him. Does he still love her?
When Valleys Bloom Again covers a wide time frame, from 1939 to 1945. That necessitates skimming over some events that would be interesting to delve into further. For instances, is Henri really Uncle’s nephew or did something sinister happen? He’s nothing like Uncle Will.

Pat Jeanne Davis weaves a story of young people challenged through difficult times and still finding happiness. An intriguing debut novel of separation and duplicity, love and loss.

Terri Wangard novels that entertain and enlighten. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) has won and been a finalist in various writing contests. When not writing, she’s likely to be reading. Learn more at

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Meet Sue Dauser, First Female U.S. Navy Captain

As a former Human Resource professional I am fascinated by the strides women made outside the home during WWII, in volunteer organizations, in industry, and in uniform. It was a long road to be accepted into the Armed Forces, with most branches waiting until 1942 to create women’s auxiliaries.

The U.S. Navy Nurse Corps was officially established by Congress in 1908, however, by many accounts, the group had worked aboard Navy ships and in Navy hospitals well before that. Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor there were approximately 800 active duty member, plus over 900 inactive reserves. By war’s end there would be over 12,000 nurses located across six continents.

Guidance for these ladies (it was an all-female corps until 1965, but that’s another whole blog post!), was done by a superintendent. Named to this position, in 1939, Sue Sophia Dauser was highly qualified. Born in 1888, she graduated from the California School of Nursing in 1914, and entered the Navy in 1917, serving as Chief Nurse in Edinburg, Scotland. After the war, she served as Chief Nurse onboard Navy ships and in Navy medical facilities.

During her tenure, she expanded the organization exponentially and secured Navy nurses equitable rank and privileges. In December, 1943, she received the temporary relative rank of Captain and was the first woman to receive this rank in the history of the U.S. Navy. Seventy-five years ago, this month, her relative captaincy was changed to actual commission for the duration of the war plus six months.

In recognition for her work during the war, she received the Distinguished Service Medal, given for “exceptionally meritorious service to the United States government in a duty of great responsibility.” The exceptional performance of duty must be clearly above that normally expected and contributes to the success of a major command or project. Other recipients of the DSM are Mildred McAffee (first director of the WAVES) and Generals Omar Bradley and Dwight Eisenhower. Not bad company!

Captain Dauser retired in November 1945.

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library. To learn more about Linda and her books visit website. Sign up for her monthly newsletter newsletter to receive a free short story, Love’s Bloom.