Preserving Cape Cod — Monument to a Friend

We recently returned from a refreshing trip to Boston for a neighbor’s wedding and a five-day stay on Cape Cod, hosted by Connie’s cousin and lifelong friend Carol. After we attended a festive and near-perfect wedding celebration and made a visit to the three-masted schooner, U.S. Constitution, popularly known as …

Meeting Hank Phillippi Ryan—her wit, work and writing

I met rising suspense author Hank Phillippi Ryan (The Other Woman), at Bouchercon 2011—the annual convocation of mystery writers and fans, held that year in St. Louis. She had staked out a counter job at the Welcome Booth for the event, so she was sure to meet as many attendees …

Making history fun

Brad R. Cook’s gift for adventure and his skill for making history fun draw us into a tale of man against the elements, The Remarkable Journey of the First Road Trip Across America. This cross-country adventure is a true chapter from American history, the first-ever 1903 transcontinental automobile trip. Meticulously …

Tichenor daughter honors ragtime dad

A food preparation mishap almost derailed a return appearance of Virginia Tichenor, daughter of the late Trebor Jay Tichenor, and her husband Marty Eggers, both professional ragtime and jazz musicians, in a St. Louis concert Monday, May 1st. This Ragtime Rendezvous concert was held in the recently renovated upstairs event …

James Burrows Reveals TV Sitcom Secrets

In his 2022 memoir, Directed by James Burrows, this famous and prolific television director recalls highlights of his productive and highly successful career in directing and sometimes co-creating situation comedies, which included Taxi, Cheers, Frazier, Friends, Mike and Molly, Will and Grace, and more. The son of Abe Burrows, a prominent …

Zane Grey’s Wilderness

Zane Grey’s wilderness adventures are recounted in his several books about fishing. My dad, an avid fisherman, had a first edition of his 1928 stories, Tales of Freshwater Fishing, principally conducted on the wild rivers of Oregon. His writing style is intense, vivid and exciting, as he relates his encounters …

A Writer’s Journey: What’s Involved?

In the new year, I plan to call A Writer’s Journey, already a section of this website, to the attention of readers and book lovers in my wider audience. This introduction to the publishing industry, self publishing and marketing of our work will enable even non-writers to get a view …

History’s Personal Costs

When she illustrates history’s personal costs, Barbara Kingsolver, in her 2007 historical novel The Lacuna, makes history come. alive. She tackles Mexico’s culture from the sixteenth century Aztecs’ battles with Montezuma to the exile of L. D. Trotsky in Mexico during the 1930s and beyond, into twentieth century North American …

Your plea deal for freedom: the social contract

Why a Plea Deal for Freedom? You’ve already got a plea deal for freedom as a citizen. It’s called the social contract. “Hey!” you say, “What did I do wrong to need a plea deal?” Simple fact: without a government, you were out for yourself alone in what they call “the …

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