Category Archives: Historical writing

Happy–cough–New–snort–Year!

So, I’m sitting here at my machine, and in between sneezes, coughs, and attempts to clear my sinuses (and everything attached thereto), I’m thinking it’s way past time for me to post something useful and writerly. (“Writerly” is a word, … Continue reading

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A Pre-Turkey Post (Encore)

There’s something to be said for writing about the history of holidays, and the one that’s nearly upon us is a great example. Just about the time our Halloween pumpkins rot down to puddles of orange slag, Ta-Da — it’s … Continue reading

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Why do we ignore some wonderful people?

It occurs to me that many of the people I used to work with–computer programmers for the most part–were very literal thinkers. They didn’t endeavor┬áto be assholes, but they often managed the role without much effort. (Some of them were … Continue reading

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I don’t wanna push it, but…. (Encore)

Getting behind, for me, is inevitable, damn it. I’ve got lots of stuff to do, and when it comes to saying “No!” to new projects, I suck harder than the Atlanta Braves in the postseason–and coming from a die-hard Bravos … Continue reading

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What’s a tree? (Encore)

My niece, a medical receptionist, witnessed something inspiring last week in the waiting room at the doctor’s office where she works. There were a number of people waiting to see the doctor, and among them was a little girl about … Continue reading

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Best Damned Squirrel Dog — Part Two

I posted the first half of an old favorite last week. If you missed it, you can catch up here. And now, I’m pleased to present the conclusion of “The Best Damned Squirrel Dog (Ever).” I’d love to hear what … Continue reading

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Best Damned Squirrel Dog (Ever)

Editing deadlines are looming; I’ll soon be teaching classes in multiple locations; I’m hip-deep in two new novels, and it’s time to post new material in my blog. Of course, none of this gets me any closer to the end … Continue reading

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