A Vanishing History

Sadly I am sure my old place of study and employer is not alone in taking the view that "History" is not nearly as necessary "nowadays" as is, say, "Veterinary Studies."

August Autumn

Perhaps six and a half years is simply too long in one blog place and I have worn out my welcome?

The History We Always Live

Two decades ago, I was a lecturer in history and political science, and I heard often from students in the U.S. that they felt they could not relate to American history. I realized I wanted to find a way to help them better do so.

Confidential Email (Again) To A Friend

I thought I'd write back after your last missive, because I have to ask: Are you kidding? You must have been drunk. Or have they put something in the water in Vermont?

Across The Country… And Back

Me: “It is great to be able to socialize with people in person again.”

As An “Award” Nominee

Do you really care about my favorite brand of hybrid car? LOL!

“Non, sire, it is a revolution”

When in late August and September 1789 word first began to reach the new United States of America of the upheaval of two hundred thirty-one years ago today that had occurred in the capital of America's closest ally...

“So what’s it called?”

I started with them in 2016 and this will be the third novel I have written featuring these characters in their time. They are now moving into their forties...

Freedom Of Speaking

My concerns are family and friends and even an employer, but those are PERSONAL. If I don't face prison for my opinions, I have freedom of speech.

The Names

I try to make names properly reflective of a time and place. It’s never easy. Sometimes I just see one somewhere, or on someone, and I have an “Ah ha!” moment.

“25” Strangers?

Writing fiction thankfully still escapes ... efforts at "standardization" and "formalization" and must always.

First Visit To The Café

Looking to talk writing, it seems #writingcafe is a new hangout. I had a look there recently.

That Ugly Past

That is in 1861 in Georgia. It was a time and a place that unapologetically practiced RACE-based SLAVERY of blacks. So why is anyone actually ever surprised today that the novel and the film are both full of racism?

Cristoforo Or Cristobal Or Christopher

I cannot suppress an uncomfortable feeling that we are seeing the police-reforming consensus and impetus largely evaporate due to becoming divided by and distracted by yet another public debate over monuments and - far worse - a spray-painting and statue-smashing orgy that even ends up defacing a Gandhi statue.

No Whisky Before Nine

I‘m just finishing a cup of tea as I’m writing this. And no, there’s no Cognac in it: it is tea. Anyway seeing that Twitter question YET AGAIN feels like playing that whack-a-mole game...