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Article: Mary Walker US Medal of Honor

I didn’t realize that Mary Walker was the only female to be awarded the US Medal of Honor. Apparently she is also one of the reasons I am allowed to wear pants (shorts and/or sweat pants) today. I’m very grateful.

When I was an exchange student in high school, I went to Japan my senior year. We had to wear uniforms to school, and they happened to be skirt/dresses that look similar to the dress Mary Walker has on in the picture (they were a bit longer). Because of the absolutely freezing cold during Japan’s winter, I often wore jeans underneath the uniform. It was prohibited to do so, and I was told several times not to do it. BUT I WAS COLD so I continued to do it, using various excuses of not understanding the rules, not understanding the language, NOT CARING A WHIT and so on. We had round belly stoves in the classrooms. Only those sitting close to the stoves were anywhere close to warm. When we arrived in the morning, we would huddle around the stoves. Because I had pants on underneath my skirt, when my skirt caught fire, I didn’t realize it at first. πŸ™‚ No harm done other than the hole that burned through the skirt. The other girls were quite mortified. A kind soul patched it for me (even then my sewing skills were quite legendary. We won’t go into details.)

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Posted: October 6, 2017
Filed in Walks in Life


  1. Thank you, Mary Walker

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 6, 2017 @ 2:15 pm

  2. Thank you Mary Walker, I admit I had never heard of her and am a fighter for Women’s Rights, we still do not have the equality we should have. She was a strong woman. Thank you for bringing her to our attention.

    Comment by tibet — October 6, 2017 @ 3:40 pm

  3. Maria, you definitely seem like the type of person things happen to. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Mary Jo Dawson — October 6, 2017 @ 6:47 pm

  4. I’m an innocent bystander, I tell you! This stuff just comes along!

    Comment by Maria — October 6, 2017 @ 8:02 pm

  5. I completely understand, Maria. Some of us just have an inexplicable talent for chaos. Not to mention how misunderstood we are.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 7, 2017 @ 10:09 am

  6. Hmph.

    Comment by Maria — October 7, 2017 @ 10:47 am

  7. Hello Maria, Mary Jo, everyone. I see Dee is here. Is this where we are supposed to write? Thank you, Maria for allowing us to continue our group on your website. I appreciate it. I was very unhappy to see that our Amazon Forum group was disbanded. It was a great way to keep up with everyone and keep up with mysteries. Does anyone know if Cindy V. knows about Maria’s group? I will contact Bo and tell her about this. Thanks. Susan B.

    Comment by Susan B. — October 7, 2017 @ 12:56 pm

  8. Hi Susan, and welcome! You can comment anywhere you’d like. The top post (Book discussion) stays at the top of the page all week. I change to a new book discussion and pin it to the top every Sunday or Monday. You can post on any thread however, and the latest comments show at the top left of the page with a name. You can click on any comment to see what people have said.

    Let me know what you want to see or if you want a specific sticky post for cozies and I’ll try to arrange it!

    Comment by Maria — October 7, 2017 @ 1:05 pm

  9. Thanks, Maria. For now I’ll see what all goes on here. πŸ™‚ I just came back from a trip to Eastern Europe, I’ve been sick for a couple of weeks, and I’m busy with my upcoming release Paradise Can Be Murder. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Susan B. — October 7, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

  10. Nice cover on that one, Susan!

    Comment by Maria — October 7, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

  11. Welcome, Susan. I agree with Maria. That’s a very nice cover.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 7, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

  12. Susan, So glad you found your way here. Bo comments here fairly often, but I don’t think Cindy V. does. Hope you are feeling better. There’s nothing worse than getting sick when you’re on vacation.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — October 7, 2017 @ 8:35 pm

  13. I’m a little late to the discussion on Mary Walker but I just have to add my thanks. I live in jeans, capris, etc. depending on the season. I may still have a dress or two somewhere way back in my closet but it’s way past time to get rid of them!

    Comment by Phyllis Camp — October 10, 2017 @ 9:48 am

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