USS Constitution Is Staying In Port

USS Constitution Is Staying In Port

Yes, yes, everyone knows France signed an alliance in 1778 with the new U.S. to aid (for a variety of reasons: from some there truly supporting the idea of "liberty" to others who merely saw a great opportunity to stick it to France's long-time adversary, Great Britain) the country in its war for independence. But much less known today...

Two Decades Later

Two Decades Later

I recall clicking between the BBC and CNN International and seeing the sickening images we now recall all too well. I also tried to call my parents in New York, but all I got repeatedly was a busy signal.

Not For The Last Time

Not For The Last Time

When some strongly criticize US "interventionism," such critics rarely condemn U.S. troops invading Sicily in 1943, or Normandy in 1944, or kicking in the gates to Nazi concentration camps, or even battling for South Korea from 1950-53...

“Dear, might we ask them as you have the map?”

“Dear, might we ask them as you have the map?”

Before jet planes made it possible to fly from London to New York in 8 hours, relatively few people traveled compared to today.

To “Her” Out There

To “Her” Out There

What I do want to do as a writer regardless is to seize and hold her reading imagination. Oh, and I write "her" there deliberately in particular because I know, based on my known readership, that some 9 out of 10 of my readers is "her," including even some 20-somethings like you.

All The Books That Would Not Be

All The Books That Would Not Be

The "Don't shop with Amazon, shop with small businesses" mantra is unsurprisingly all over the place on (amusingly usually controlled by other giant corporations, such as Facebook) social media. Amazon is now deemed its seems practically the fount of all evil. However, I am going to choose briefly to be something of a contrarian here on that subject in at least a narrow sense, and being one is not new to me...

232 Years Ago…

232 Years Ago…

Briefly considering the events of July 14, 1789 and those that immediately followed, only months after that day...

If Anyone Learns Anything

If Anyone Learns Anything

I refuse to assume readers cannot (or do not wish to) learn. If anyone learns anything from what they read of the writing, I feel I have accomplished something worthwhile...

A Perpetual Horizon

A Perpetual Horizon

The observance of US (self-declared) independence day on July 4 always feels like something of an odd day here in the United Kingdom...

(Dealing With) The Inevitable Punch(es) In The Face

(Dealing With) The Inevitable Punch(es) In The Face

A writer must NEVER publicly challenge a bad review. NEVER. NEVER. NEVER.

Samples Do Tell A Story

Samples Do Tell A Story

An Amazon search for the author quickly turned up the book. In more detail, I saw it is set starting in "1786" and features a well-to-do family in rural England. Immediately I thought I had to check this out.

Those American Tourists

Those American Tourists

Now, on to Buzzfeed's "report" detailing certain Redditers' observations on American tourists...

Looking Back

Looking Back

No posts here for a few days, I know. So what have I been up to?

Recalling Old “Friends”

Recalling Old “Friends”

Don't think we did not joke about this back then ourselves: Living as I did then in a New York City suburb, I recall my "friends" and I even then laughing about the absurd size of the characters' Manhattan apartments...

Story Leaves Out Austen

Story Leaves Out Austen

Marshall really liked Jane Austen's books...