If We Cannot Travel…

Obviously casual international travel is not happening currently. Thinking back, before air travel, and particularly before steamships (like Titanic), in the age of sail reaching Europe from the U.S. regularly took 4-6 weeks and longer. (If the ship did not sink and you made it alive.) Short getaways were unknown naturally...

“I have never been to Brazil, but I know it is there…”

Try to “prove” history itself. As an exercise, I regularly asked new history and politics students to “prove” yesterday actually even occurred.

“The Devil’s Mistress”

All things considered, even if she had flopped across the pond that would have been far better for her: Miss Baarová should indeed have gone to Hollywood.

This Fourth

In 2020 as Americans yet again we are extra-engaged in reflecting upon what we were and what we are, what we believe, whether we really act on what we state we believe, and how we may put such beliefs into better practice.

The Heart Of Writing

Yesterday was something of a "milestone" in writing the planned new book. I have all of the chapters "framed" from beginning to end...

The Lone Writer Posts

I am sure I am not alone in how I have found that, since the March "lockdown," I am spending more time on social media than ever.

By The Book

I knew a Frenchwoman with diabetes and more than once she did that right in front of me, so it ended up in one of my novels.

An Education

For as presumably one of "those" charged with having "conspired" to "hide" distasteful stuff about American history and politics from eager to learn young people fully committed to the ever-sponge-like soaking up of the past, and who could not be torn from the library bookstacks, this evidently needs stating plainly.

“Happily Ever After” (Not)

I don't think we demand "happy endings" as readers nearly as much as endings that make some sense.

Why The Regular Blogging?

I feel that (for me at least) regular blogging is a useful social media activity because I find social media is actually not very good to us authors.

Escape

We can probably nearly all of us use some escape. Reading is always certainly one means. We would also probably ALL love to get away physically to SOMEPLACE ELSE right now too.

Opinions Of America

It is difficult to know "what" is "really happening" over in the U.S.

FACT: Editors May Need Editors

No human being *is* ever, and no group *are* ever, a virus.

The Real Cowards

I open Twitter regularly to find brave retweets about not messin' with Texas, and Jefferson quoters telling us this is all invented. It's just a bit of flu, they declare. We all gotta die of "sumthin", they add...

Farewells In This Time Of Covid

At her father’s funeral, my wife could not hug her own mother.