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Melina Druga is a freelance journalist, history enthusiast and author. Her focus is on the period 1890-1920 with a particular interest in WW1 and how the war changed the lives of ordinary people. In addition to her books, Melina blogs mostly about history on her website with the goal of educating those who know little or nothing about the topic.
Crime is rampant. People live in fear. Government officials and the media offer solutions. Sounds like life in the 21st century. But it isn’t. It’s the 1910s: a decade filled with a myriad of crimes, including missing-person cases, robbery, arson and – of course – murder. Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s examines… [Read More]
Hettie Steward is feisty, educated, ambitious and stubborn. Hettie marries the love of her life, Geoffrey Bartlette, in spring 1914, but has difficulty accepting that marriage means sacrificing her beloved nursing career. When the Great War begins, Geoffrey enlists and Hettie eagerly accepts an opportunity to join the Canadian Army Nursing Service. Although she’s nervous… [Read More]
In our 24/7 news cycle, it is difficult to imagine a time when news reports were often days old, when stories weren’t necessarily confirmed and when colorful language permeated articles. During World War 1, that’s exactly how newspapers in Canada and the United States reported events locally and aboard. A Tale of Two Nations… [Read More]
“And yet, despite the bedlam, the incomparable scenes of joy, there were many solemn scenes. Sober garbed women, whose husbands and sons would never return, stood on the curb, a strange mingling of emotions stirring in them. Old men saw the hand of God in the demonstration, and from hospital cots of pain bed-ridden soldiers… [Read More]
“There still are a lot of people who think a man becomes a soldier the moment he gets into uniform and puts a gun on his shoulder. This is nonsense, even if the man happens to be an American.” Like two years earlier, 1917 is a chaotic spring. Canadian troops easily take their objective at… [Read More]
“He tells us to be patient and polite. We have been both. We have never gained anything by being polite.” The Battle of the Somme drags on in Europe and witnesses a new weapon of war – the tank. The battle receives sparse coverage back home, however, as Canadians are preoccupied with a variety of… [Read More]
“My colleagues and I are deeply lament the long list of casualties,” Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden said, “and send our profound sympathy to every home which is plunged into sadness and sorrow by the tidings that reach us from hour to hour.” Spring 1915 is consumed with two traumatic events. Canada endures a trial… [Read More]
“Austria-Hungary considers itself therefore from this moment in a state of war with Servia.” Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie were shot and killed by Slavic nationalist Gavrilo Princip on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, Bosnia. The event, at first, was of little more than regional interest, but… [Read More]
“What does it take to run a business,” you’re asking yourself. You have an idea and the desire to become self employed, but have no idea where to begin. Everyone likes the idea of working for herself and being her own boss, but it’s not as easy as simply desiring it. Many aspiring entrepreneurs are… [Read More]
What happens when you ask small-business owners about what entrepreneurship has taught them? Surprisingly candid responses on struggles, life lessons and inner demons. “If I can do, then you can, too.” That is the message the small-business owners who appear in Enterprising Women want you to hear. Set aside fear and embrace success, but know… [Read More]
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