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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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A blast from the past

If someone asked if you’d like to “fire Brown Bess”, you might wonder exactly who Brown Bess is and what she did to ┬ádeserve being fired…especially since she’s such a big shot. That’s right; Brown Bess is a firearm. Specifically, … Continue reading

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Joan of Arc’s wardrobe malfunction?

If you have ever been to the St Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, you have no doubt been thrilled at the majesty and beauty of its interior spaces. ┬áThe ┬ácathedral is dedicated to Louis of France, and to the woman … Continue reading

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Red White and Blue Barbecue

There are many things that make America great people all over the world long to come here. This is why illegal immigration is a far bigger problem here than in places such as Albania, Rwanda, North Korea, and Yemen. There … Continue reading

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What good is history?

If you ask a group of schoolkids to name their favorite subject, not many would say history. Many would say history is just memorizing what a bunch of now-dead people did a long time ago, so who cares? On the … Continue reading

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More Eastern Shore mayhem

Next week, Death across the Chesapeake, my latest Roaring 20s mystery based on real cases will be released. In the sixth Max Hurlock Roaring 20s Mystery, set in 1926, the Hurlocks are back on Maryland’s sleepy Eastern Shore expecting to … Continue reading

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In Search of Zazil Ha: The mother of modern Mexico

In the whole bloody saga of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, there are few stories more remarkable than that of Gonzalo Guerrero and Zazil Ha. Guerrero was a would-be Spanish conquistador who was shipwrecked on the unknown coast of the … Continue reading

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