Wednesday, March 26, 2014


How interesting to realize that when Rosetta Schwartz was 4 months old the Wright Brothers were just beginning to instruct aspiring pilots how to fly their newfangled invention - the aeroplane!

The Wright Flying School, also known as the Wright School of Aviation, was operated by the Wright Company from 1910 to 1916 and trained 119 individuals to fly Wright airplanes.

The Wright Flying School in Birmingham, Alabama. Later this became the site of Maxwell Air Force Base.
When she moved to California from Chicago in 1953 she flew aboard a propeller plane. The trip took over 8 hours and the few people who flew got very dressed up to travel. For women it was a hat and gloves. For men, suit an tie.

Now we zip all over the world in relatively few hours, often wearing comfortable sweats. Particularly when flying to far-away destinations like Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and more. Something unthought of in Rosetta's day when those places could only be reached by ship.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

You can still download the Kindle editon of Can We Come in and Laugh, Too? FREE

Rosetta still in her teens
This PJ party picture might have started the "Crash of '29." It was probably right around that time
You still have until midnight tomorrow to download a FREE copy of Can We Come in and Laugh, Too? Rosetta was one of those ordinary women with the extraordinary ability to Currently #6 in the Top 100 Free Memoirs and #16 in Top 100 free Biographies. make people believe in themselves and find the silver lining in every cloud. My sister and I were so fortunate to have her in our lives for so many years -- How many make it to 97 and are writing their one and only book at 80?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The North Pole was discovered in 1909, the year Rosetta was born

Over a century ago, explorer Robert Peary earned fame for discovering the North Pole, 
but did Frederick Cook get there first?

Frederick Cook and Robert Peary

On September 7, 1909, readers of the New York Times awakened to a stunning front-page headline: "Peary Discovers the North Pole After Eight Trials in 23 Years." The North Pole was one of the last remaining laurels of earthly exploration, a prize for which countless explorers from many nations had suffered and died for 300 years. And here was the American explorer Robert E. Peary sending word from Indian Harbour, Labrador, that he had reached the pole in April 1909, one hundred and four years ago this month. The Times story alone would have been astounding. But it wasn't alone.

A week earlier, the New York Herald had printed its own front-page headline: "The North Pole is Discovered by Dr. Frederick A. Cook." Cook, an American explorer who had seemingly returned from the dead after more than a year in the Arctic, claimed to have reached the pole in April 1908—a full year before Peary.
Anyone who read the two headlines would know that the North Pole could be "discovered" only once. The question then was: Who had done it?

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Friday, June 21, 2013


1920s - Rosetta is in the middle of the second row

This isn't a mystery, but Rosetta was the inspiration for 80 year-old Flossie, the Silver Sisters' mother, in the Silver Sisters Mysteries. The only crime here would be if you don't download a copy while it is still FREE.

I edited this book and this morning woke up to a nice surprise. Here are the rankings for "CAN WE COME IN AND LAUGH, TOO?" in the FREE Kindle store at 6:30am PST:

 Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820 Free in Kindle Store
    #3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs
    #9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Humor & Entertainment > Humor


Thursday, June 20, 2013

CAN WE COME IN AND LAUGH, TOO? now at #7 in FREE Kindle Memoirs

Rosetta in 2004 at 95

Rosetta in 1923 at 23


Today is the first day of the TWO DAY FREE OFFER for the Kindle edition of Rosetta Schwartz's charming memoir CAN WE COME IN AND LAUGH, TOO? She was the youngest of ten children, born into a zany immigrant family in 1909, and throughout her long life (almost 97 years) she was an ordinary woman with the extraordinary ability to make people believe in themselves---and no matter how bad things got, she always got through it with humor. When she was a child, there was so much laughter in her family, neighbors knocked at the door to ask if they could come in and laugh too. It is currently at #25 in Kindle Store Memoirs.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Typical Gibson Girl outfit
The "horrible" hobble skirt
If you are following this blog or have read Rosetta's memoir written at age 80, CAN WE COME IN AND LAUGH, TOO? you know we're now following milestones during the years of her life. If you don't have a copy of this endearing book, it is available in Kindle and paperback editions.

On November 18, 1910, Rosetta was one-year-old .
The Gibson Girl was in the last year of its popularity because women had begun to turn their thoughts toward more comfort in 1910, but many made a bad choice when they quickly fell for the hobble skirt.  Imagine trying to walk with speed and balance practically bound at the knees.

Fabrics became lighter, colors brighter, and styles looser. Shockingly, lowered necklines became popular, spurring sales of cold cream and lemon extract.

1910-Rosetta's sister Jean and her husband
Many other fashion trends were introduced that year, like the sack, the sheath, oriental costumes, harem trousers, and the Hellenic tunic. Head gear and furs were also popular. Rosetta's sister Jean was about 19 then and probably would have loved to indulge herself with trendy clothing, but they were a poor family and every penny counted.

During the 1910s, Rosetta's older brothers would have worn tweed jackets and striped blazers. The wealthier business men wore striped trousers, a morning coat and starched white shirt. Some wore top hats and frock coats.

So how about little Rosetta? Well, although the most radical changes were in women's wear, from 1910 to 1919 kids' fashion was characterized by more clothing designed specifically for children than ever seen in history. Take the sailor suit for boys for instance. By 1910, the sailor suits we see in old movies were predominantly worn by younger boys as their main outfit. They might even have had a fancier sailor suit for special occasions, but believe it or not, this was what many wore until adolescence.

Imagine how someone of that era would have reacted to seeing the teens of today.