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LEARNING ABOUT THE GREATEST GENERATION by Cleo Lampos
Friday, July 3, 2020 by Patti Shene

Featured Books:  The Food That Held the World Together

                       World War II Christmas Scrapbook

Authors:  Gail Kittleson and Cleo Lampos

Publisher:  Wordcrafts Press

Genre:  Historical non-fiction/two companion books

Target Audience:  High school to adult seniors who love history

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR CLEO LAMPOS TO PATTI’S PORCH. CLEO INTRODUCES HER NEW HISTORICAL WWII BOOKS AND HOW THEY CAME ABOUT.

 

 

 

LEARNING ABOUT THE GREATEST GENERATION

 

 

by

 

 

Cleo Lampos

 

 

 

Retirement delivered many opportunities for speaking to senior groups and at extension classes of local colleges. Several historic fiction books hit the market, and life sailed along with my husband and cat in a Chicago suburb. Then, in November, 2019, I read Jennie Allen’s book, Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul.

 

 

 

I prayed that God would do anything in my life that would draw me closer to Him.

 

 

 

Gail Kittleson e-mailed me two days later.

 

 

 

An author of WWII historical fiction, Gail asked if I would want to co-write a book about the food that people ate during the war. After praying about this, I decided to jump full into the project. Research is one of my library skills honed over the years.

 

 

 

The range of material was vast. Trips to the library yielded books on WWII to read. The internet produced articles, memoirs, and PHD Dissertations on the topics of military chocolate bars, ration kits, sugarless baking, foxhole foraging, the Victory Gardens, the Land Girls, Donut Dollies, and how the Dutch ate tulips. The women of North Platte, Nebraska, who served food to over 6 million GI’s in four years astounded me. Recipes and photos for all for all these topics bubbled from friends cleaning out their attics, historical archives, and government sources. A coffee table album on the topic complete with quotes, articles, photos and recipes resulted.

 

 

 

Then Gail and I decided to bring the sacrifices and ingenuity of celebrating Christmas during the war to the album format. Again, conversations with elderly friends, relatives, and reading memoirs gleaned so many insights. Reading books like Soldiers of a Different Cloth brought the stories of chaplains at Christmas to light. Compilations of accounts of POWs and GIs in the field at the season of Christ’s birth allowed the emotions of the time to come into our writing. Photos from private parties made their way to this book.

 

 

 

So much happened to me emotionally as these projects were researched. My uncles enlisted during the war, but spoke little about their experiences. Uncle Melvin took us to the cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa, every time we visited him so we would remember the Sullivan Brothers and see all the white crosses. Now, I read the accounts of the sailors and soldiers in foxholes and on ships in hostile countries sharing their fears and hopes.

 

 

 

My appreciation for the Greatest Generation increased as I read the letters of mothers and wives who put up a brave front even as they scrounged every day to make ends meet. The words of President Roosevelt, the volunteering of Eleanor Roosevelt, and the inspiring quotes of Eisenhower, Nimitz and McArthur stirred a piece inside of me that had long lay dormant. The folks who lived through WWII represented the best of our nation. They are in a class by themselves.

 

 

 

It is with humility and pride that Gail Kittleson and I present the companion books that give the present generation a glimpse into the valor and courage of our parents and grandparents. The Greatest Generation.

 

 

 

Gail Kittleson creates women’s historical fiction from her northern Iowa home where she lives with her husband, a retired Army chaplain. She is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter at libraries and other venues.

 

 

Cleo Lampos is a retired school teacher who speaks to adult extension classes at local colleges, writes fiction, enjoys quilting, and helps her urban gardener husband on their Chicago suburban plot.


Comments

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 7/8/2020 9:24:42 AM

Thank you, Cleo and Gail, for delving into this and sharing your wealth of information through your books for all of us to enjoy. I can only imagine the hours upon hours for all of the research involved. Blessings to both of you!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for these two authors who have helped readers develop a true appreciation for the Greatest Generation and all they contributed to our wonderful country.

Cleo Lampos From Illinois At 7/4/2020 11:22:28 PM

Thank you, Amre and Dave, for your acknowledgment of the Greatest Generation. Especially during this summer, we need to remember those who fought for our freedoms.

Amre From Idaho At 7/4/2020 2:12:29 PM

Thank you for this interview and for writing what sounds like an amazing book about the Greatest Generation. I'd hate to think America's glory days are behind her, but that generation strove to make America free and the incredible nation it is today. Thank you for helping us remember!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Amre. Yes, we owe so much to the Greatest Generation! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

Dave From Alabama At 7/4/2020 8:12:19 AM

Wow! Thank you for showing us the inside of this job.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Dave. Thank you for leaving a comment for Cleo. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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7/3/2020

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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7/3/2020

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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7/3/2020

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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7/3/2020

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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7/3/2020

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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7/3/2020

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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7/3/2020

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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7/3/2020

BY THE NUMBERS
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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7/3/2020

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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7/3/2020

SITTING IDLE
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7/3/2020

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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7/3/2020

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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7/3/2020

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/3/2020

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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7/3/2020

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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7/3/2020

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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7/3/2020

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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7/3/2020

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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7/3/2020

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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7/3/2020

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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7/3/2020

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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7/3/2020

PLAY BALL!
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7/3/2020

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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7/3/2020

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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7/3/2020

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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7/3/2020

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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7/3/2020

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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7/3/2020

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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7/3/2020

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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7/3/2020

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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7/3/2020

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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7/3/2020

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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7/3/2020

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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7/3/2020

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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7/3/2020

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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7/3/2020

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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7/3/2020

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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7/3/2020

A Matter of Perspective
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7/3/2020

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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7/3/2020

Monopoly!
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7/3/2020

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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7/3/2020

What Did You Mean By That?
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7/3/2020

Wildlife Video
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7/3/2020

My Best Reads of 2013
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7/3/2020

The Dumbest Kid in School
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7/3/2020

Good-bye to 2013
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7/3/2020

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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7/3/2020

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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7/3/2020

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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7/3/2020

Shared Experience
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7/3/2020

Facing the Monster
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7/3/2020

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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7/3/2020

I'll Be Happy When...
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7/3/2020

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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7/3/2020

I Can't Do This!
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7/3/2020

BREAKING THE RULES
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7/3/2020

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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7/3/2020

Vulnerability to Fear
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7/3/2020

Faith and Fear
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7/3/2020

Those Temporary Interruptions
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7/3/2020

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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7/3/2020

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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7/3/2020

Taking Stock
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7/3/2020

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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7/3/2020

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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7/3/2020

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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7/3/2020

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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7/3/2020

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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7/3/2020

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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7/3/2020

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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7/3/2020

Accountability in the Extreme
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7/3/2020

The day after Christmas
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7/3/2020

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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7/3/2020

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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7/3/2020

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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7/3/2020

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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7/3/2020

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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7/3/2020

News From Nashville & Beyond
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7/3/2020

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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7/3/2020

Welcome Home!
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7/3/2020

Confessions of a first book editor
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7/3/2020

Going Home
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7/3/2020

GPCWC in Restospect
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7/3/2020

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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7/3/2020

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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7/3/2020

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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7/3/2020

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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7/3/2020

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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7/3/2020