Discovery of the Week: The Secret Six

A couple weekends ago my parents and I were watching tv and came across an interview with author Brian Kilmeade, where he discussed his new book, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution.

Basically George Washington was a badass who had a secret team of spies that helped out during the American Revolution. He realized that in order to win the revolution, he would need more than just military strength. He enlisted the help of six strategically placed people: a Quaker merchant and reporter, a tavern keeper, a dock worker, a bachelor whose ability to travel aided in his spy duties, a coffeehouse and print shop owner, and a female socialite.

All but one of these people have been identified by now (Agent 355, the female socialite is the only one whose identity is still a mystery). I won’t reveal the names of the others in case you wanted to find the book and discover them for yourself. My mom already ordered a copy for my dad for Christmas. In fact, she ordered it on her Kindle as we were sitting in the family room watching the interview. Isn’t technology wonderful?

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I’m excited to read the book (after my dad finishes it, of course) but I’m even more excited to learn that George Washington had spies! Not only did he have spies but they were an important factor in winning the Revolution! That is just so cool. I love American history and I love learning something new like this that demonstrates how awesome our history is sometimes.

Discovery of the Week: Urban Home

Hi again!

I’m back with another discovery this week!

I would like to share with you all my introduction to a new (at least new to me) store: Urban Home.

It’s a furniture and home goods store that I visited last week (when I was also visiting Paris Baguette, which I still have yet to try) at the Santa Anita Mall. My mom had mentioned it a few times but having no clue what it was, I never really understood what she was saying. That has all changed.

Let me tell you. This store is amazing!

They have really cute stuff (furniture, decor, etc.) and it’s all fairly reasonably priced.

It’s like IKEA but cheaper and higher quality. The only sad part is that I don’t have my own home (or the money) to furnish with all these lovely products they have for sale. That is actually probably a good thing now that I think about it because otherwise I would have spent all my money. I seriously considered buying that clock above even though I have no where to put it. That’s how awesome this store is.