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About Laura Crockett

Heigh-ho! I’m Laura and I’m here to tell you the story of the past.
Along the way, we will have some fun, some laughs and lots of learning…

How did I get into this world of people of the past? It’s like this. During a summer when I was in high school (Yeah, I went to high school, so I can share your pain), I was whining to my mom that I was bored. She gave me one of those looks that only a mother can give.

MOM: “How can you be bored?”

ME: “I’m 16, and it’s summer, and my friends aren’t here.”

MOM: “Make new friends.”

Mom points to the book case in the living room.

ME: “Friends? There?”

MOM: “Best friends in the world are in those books.”

Not wanting to be outsmarted by mother, I did this side glance thing. That’s when I heard the voice.

VOICE: “Psst, over here.”

I looked back to where mom had been standing. She wasn’t there. She was in the kitchen organizing papers on the table.

VOICE: “Not your mom, me.”

I turned back to the books. There, a book stood out. Its title? War and Peace. What a weird title! So I had to pick it up. I began to read…

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“Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes. But I warn you, if you don’t tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist—I really believe he is Antichrist—I will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my ‘faithful slave,’ as you call yourself! But how do you do? I see I have frightened you.” It was in July, 1805, and the speaker was the well-known Anna Pávlovna Scherer, maid of honor and favorite of the Empress Márya Fëdorovna. With these words she greeted Prince Vasíli Kurágin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception."

I was curious. Who is this guy Napoleon? Why did he invade Russia? How did he come to power? That got me reading, back to the French Revolution, and then that got me curious, and I started reading history on back through the ages. I was hooked!

Did I make new friends? Yes. Hundreds of them. And I am passionate about them. I want you to make new friends as well. All sorts of people are waiting for you to travel to their world.

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