How is it that almost an entire year has gone by without me realizing it was the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812?! I recently got an e-mail from the Maryland Historical Society talking about some special bus tours they have going on in honor of the occasion. (It's so awesome to live in a state that was actually around during the War of 1812! I'm from Indiana which didn't become a state until 1816.) Totally by happenstance, I read a book a few weeks ago that was set against the backdrop of that war. It's called Once on This Island by Gloria Whelan. It was a wonderful story! If you'd like to celebrate this special anniversary in any small way, this book would be a great way to do it. I found this awesome website that specializes in historical naval fiction which you can search by time period. I'm sure there have been plenty of anniversary reenacting events around the state and it's such a shame that I've missed them all! But... now that I'