Julie Chitwood

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My family moved to Arizona ca 1945 and we fell in love with the beauty of the desert and became enthralled with the various critters that we had never seen before. We also discovered a small Mexican fishing village, Puerto Penasco aka Rocky Point, on the Sea of Cortez and lost our hearts to the wonderful people that let us share their town with them.

When we semi retired, it was to this same little (but bigger now) village where the sea is almost always blue and calm, the sands reminding one of Araby, and the people still smiling a welcome. We brought our Bengal cat, George,whatever we could fit in the car and headed down to warm days and balmy star-filled nights. My husband, Bill, went back to writing his Bailey Crane Mystery stories, among others.

I started transcribing all my Great Aunts and Grandmother's letters written between 1918 - 1921. I thought I would never finish as each page reminded me again of an event and I would stop to Google it. So many times their letters revealed more about the event then newspaper clippings or history books. The Spanish Influenza was made real in loved ones lost, in churches and schools closed, and all the minor things of daily life in that time period. So grew 'The World After WW1'.

If you love and/or teach history it is a book well worth reading. It goes beyond any history book or analysis of the early 1920's. The letters were written at the time, from the view point of those who were living through it - no spin doctors - no political correctness - just family writing to family, warts and all. But beautifully written - heartfelt letters.

Anyway, we are still on the Sea of Cortez. We share our days and nights with all our children, grandchildren and greats, even if it is only by Internet. And we wake each morning feeling blessed.

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