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Essential Archival Research Kit

Preparation is essential to making the most of limited time in an archival research library. One of my secrets to getting the most out of time is archival and reference libraries is my “essential archival research kit”! The Essential Kit Readers card Laptop (and chargers/power cord) A pad of paper or research notebook Endnote Pencils, eraser, sharpener Outline of research Business cards Change for lockers, photocopying (though you may need to carry a Plastic form of currency if you’re anything like me), and Clear plastic Continue reading →

Using Archival and Research Libraries

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Research Libraries and Archives over the last ten years. I’ve done this not only because that’s where the research took me but also on enjoyable mysteries; fun rabbit holes. That may make me a little out of the ordinary. But it has also been a steep learning curve which has given me a raft of new skills – some of which I learned the hard and unproductive way. This is one of those articles where we can Continue reading →

Mission: Military Spouse Entrepreneur

I began my journey to being a Military Spouse Entrepreneur literally on the opposite of the world. As an Australian trained attorney I found myself living with my active duty military spouse in a US State where there was no path for me to be admitted to the Bar. After serving a District Attorney’s Office writing motions and case notes, and leading a large regional non profit as its Executive Director, we moved to another military base in the same state. Which, if you are Continue reading →

“Radical Generosity” – TEDx LadyBirdLake

Good things are worth the wait. TED’s process for publishing talks on the youtube channel takes time, but my talk from TEDx LadyBirdLake, “Radical Generosity” is live! Doing what you can with what you have, is often an ingrained value as a result of adversity and scarcity. The desire to leave a positive legacy in our community is not rare. But, often the very practical needs of supporting our own families, paying our bills, and meeting our basic needs push giving and service to our Continue reading →

31 Things We wish Someone had told us before we Started Graduate School

What we wish someone had told us before we started Graduate School. This post was originally published on Goannatree, a blog I wrote for 6 years. It was a post that received many many comments and that readers seemed to find helpful. This is updated. _____________________________________________________________________________ There are those lessons you learn from facing the fire and walking through it. Those things that you read and know will change the way you think about your life. This list is definitely an outpouring of the former, Continue reading →

5 books to help you grow

My reading has always been somewhat eclectic so don’t be suprised by these 5 books to help you grow. From legal treatises, works of theology, summaries of psychological research, and literature from a variety of english speaking traditions – I thought i’d share some of the books that have been lugged around in my suitcase and graced my nightstand early in 2018. Tables in the Wilderness My first book for 2018 was “Tables in the Wilderness” by Preston Yancey – in those heady days after Continue reading →

Anna Blanch Rabe embarks on American Identity Tour

PRESS RELEASE Anna Blanch Rabe to embark on American Identity Tour Alamogordo, New Mexico — Have you ever wanted to explore the vastness of the lower 48 by train? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to cross the US on Amtrak? Anna Blanch Rabe has. What started out as a plan B in case her husband was deployed again has ended up becoming a way of seeking to understand what it means to be American. “Military Spouses often look for ways to Continue reading →

A little bit less of a superhero

For the first two and a bit decades of my life I ran roughshod over myself. Tired or not, sick or not. If i had things to do, they got done. If this involved sport or some other punishing physical endeavour then all the better. It was not unusual for me to play a game of cricket, travel to an away swimming carnival, run 5 to 10k in training for cross-country, and play or umpire a couple of games of netball in the same weekend. Continue reading →

A Writer’s Manifesto

I’m a lateral thinker inclined to make connections between seemingly unrelated things. As my academic research found me immersed in the the writing about 19th century women poets and reflecting upon the challenges of their domestic lives in the midst of their creative pursuits. I became challenged by Joy Bennetts’s post reflecting on Billy Coffey’s thoughts on ‘naked writing.’ It got me thinking further about the function of my writing. As Billy Coffey quotes his writing instructor: “People write because they must. Because there is Continue reading →

About Anna Blanch Rabe

Who am I? I have many guises, but am hopefully without guile. I am the little girl who grew up in Aussie bush. I am the woman who joined the Army out of high school, who still loves to travel alone and with a hint of wanderlust and mountains of curiousity that pushes me to experience the many and varied cultures (and their food) of the world; who loves to eat, but finds some things nourish her body and soul more than others. Who decided Continue reading →