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."

I Never Asked You, I Just “Changed”

I know I "changed" during 2017, and I realize I never asked readers, nor really even much wondered aloud on here, if you as a reader would be "happy" about that “shift.”

August Autumn

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

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...

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?

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 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.

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.

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.