Monthly Archives: November 2016

How Poland saved Western Civilization….Twice!

When most Americans think of Poland, if they think of it at all, they think of it as a faraway place where they make kielbasa and have a serious shortage of vowels in their names. Some, who know a little … Continue reading

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How Amazon makes it unnecessary to eat a rotten egg

Fashions change in writing as do readers’ tastes. Some of this is just popular culture preferences and some is the result of technology. One technology driven change is the increasing importance of a book’s beginning. Of course, savvy writers already … Continue reading

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Last Watch on the Alexander Henry

Here is an article I wrote for Thousand Islands Life Magazine about a mothballed Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker that seems  to be heading for the shipbreaking yard.

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The Undiscovered Country

When fiction is set in a specific time and place, getting the details right can be enriching; getting them wrong can be distracting, like a constant reminder that it’s just make-believe. (See my post about the Pizza Theory of Historical … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Withered Corn

At this time of the year, you see it in many rural areas; farm fields with rows of corn awaiting harvest. All summer the corn has been growing and now it is ready. You can see long rows of dry … Continue reading

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