Great Granddaughter of Ruby Alice Thompson Side
Received a B.A. in Psychology from Fairfield University
Currently working in the financial services field
Married and Mother of three daughters
I inherited a set of 43 diaries that span from 1909 – 1969. They were given to my grandmother Ruth Ferris Thompson and she passed them down to me.
I started re-reading the World War ll journals and found them extremely worthy of note on many levels. I realized how little I knew about the events surrounding World War ll and what the Londoner’s in particular had to endure. These journals are a combination of the historical and the exceptionally personal.
I thought that others may also find them intriguing and started a blog. In doing so I received reactions from people from around the world and this inspired me to publish them in book form for all to enjoy.
Reactions to my Blog:
I just found your blog tonight through Book Blogs. This is so awesome! What a treasure to have this diary! I've always loved history (and am minoring in it in college now), especially WWII history! Thanks for sharing these memories (Michelle)
Wow this is a fascinating journal! I really look forward to reading more of it. (Wendy Walter Grant)
What I love about your great grandmother is the way she never minces her words. So British, she reminds me of my (British) dad. (Alex)
What a brilliant (and familiar) tribute to the times and family members. Well done, we will be following along your adventure! (Toni)
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"It is this damned dependence on a tightwad." I just love this woman! I now have signed up for your emails - I can't miss a day of these posts! Thanks for sharing. (Irene)
Thanks for sharing this wonderful diary. The voices and stories of ordinary people provide so much important information about the past. (Cheryl)
Honestly, I can't imagines being in the midst of war AND a bad marriage. Amazing...
What a wonderful diarist your ancestor was. And, what a treasure for you to have her diary. This is now one of my favorite blogs on the Internet. (Jirenegen)
Just found your blog, and I'm trying to read all your old posts to catch up. What a wonderful thing to have Ruby's diary. My own grandmother was a WW1 bride from England to America, and I know how she suffered listening to the radio reports here, of her homeland being bombed to bits by the Nazis. She told us all the stories. My grandfather was a night watchman for the blackouts. We lived on the New England coast, and everyone had to black out the windows during the war. He would walk about and rap on the window if any light showed. Your blog is bringing back memories of Grammy telling her stories. I'm imagining Ruby went through what Grammy's sisters and cousins went through in WW2 in England. Thank you for your project. (Heather Rojo)
Wowza! This is amazing, just discovered your blog - thanks for sharing such personal writings. It makes me think of my grandmother and how she lived through both wars. Amazing times and amazing experiences. (Grace Elliot) I think it's wonderful that you're transcribing and posting Ruby's diary. Some of it seems very private but it's easy to see effects of the stress of war on regular citizens. I haven't read from the beginning because I just found your blog. I wish I could read it in book form. Do you think you'll eventually publish it? Poor Ruby - and everyone else who lived through WWII. (Nancy)