The Dark Side

The Dark Side

This photo was taken of Mom and me 20 years ago on a trip to Arizona. 36 years ago, when I was working on the story that would become Ride the Wind, someone asked if I was worried about what the critics would say.  “No.”  I said.  “I’m worried about what my mother...
History’s Haunts

History’s Haunts

             “The map is not the territory” is a relevant axiom when researching the past.  That being the case, I visit the places I write about, checking out the “territory” from Bristol, England to Kyoto, Japan, as well as all across the United States and into...
Warriors and Patriots

Warriors and Patriots

“American Indians Serve in the U.S. Military in Greater Numbers Than Any Other Ethnic Group”           That Huffington Post headline did not surprise me.   Every Indian pow wow I’ve attended has begun with a color guard of military veterans leading the dancers in the...
Watch Your Language!

Watch Your Language!

(Disclaimer: I won’t go into the question of whether Shakespeare wrote all those plays and poems or someone else did.  It doesn’t matter here.  Someone wrote them and did a helluva job.) I appreciate the reverence accorded William Shakespeare, but also am amused by...
The Devil’s Walking Parody

The Devil’s Walking Parody

With monstrous head and sickening cry. and ears like errant wings, The Devil’s walking parody on all four-footed things. G.K. Chesterton (1874- 1936)             I have no idea how many characters, real and fictional, I’ve met in thirty-seven years of historical...
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