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The Sweetheart

“The summer of 1942 was the happiest, most carefree of my life,” Sally wrote fifty years later about Longview on the Columbia River in...

Uncle Pat

A friend of mine mentioned that her uncle was killed during the Second World War. She never met him and knew little of his life. He was...

Bob Snyder

Bob Snyder was my best friend in high school. We met as members of the McClellan Cadet Squadron, Civil Air Patrol in Sacramento. We both...

The Chapman Incident

Grey Gold is set against the backdrop of Civil War San Francisco and an attempt by Confederate agents to steal California gold. Every...

Taste of Freedom

This is the third in the series featuring my fictionalized character Phyllis Wallace Lewis. Phyllis was a real person held as a slave by...

Trace of Hope

This is the next release in the adventures of Phyllis, the woman freed from slavery in Down the River, a real person. The chronology of...

Serendipity

The origin of this book came in the early 1990s in my family history research. I stumbled across a query in an old journal mentioning my...

The End of the Story

I love historical research and crafting up a story set in another time. I add the forces of the time, the character’s needs and wants,...

The Lost Cause

The tragedy in Charlottesville and ensuing cacophony has inspired me to offer my perspective of the history involved. The monuments in...

A Measure of Success

The email was a surprise and then it wasn’t. The man was in my scout troop in San Francisco thirty years ago and as a teen was not the...

Online discourse

I am being charitable in the term discourse. Recently I added a comment to a Youtube file, the audio of fire department radio...

Complete Sentences

In the cacophony that is the presidential campaign I have not seen any discussion how candidate Trump seems unable to formulate complete...

Bigfoot200

Bigfoot 200 is an endurance run from south of Mount St. Helens to Randle, Washington. It is put on by a company that stages one smaller...

My First Podcast

I was honored to be interviewed on the Writers Groupie podcast. I moved my desk around so that my bookcase was in the background and I...

The American Revolution

We recently observed the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, the ban on slavery. Slavery—involuntary servitude, bonded servitude,...

Accountability

The continuing and tragedy of questionable police shootings has generated much noise and consumed many hours of cable TV news bandwidth....

DOJ to investigate Chicago PD

This has to go with, “I’m shocked, shocked to find there’s gambling going on in here.” The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has...

Monuments

The aftermath of the tragedy in Charleston has triggered a lively and not always civil discussion on the action in South Carolina to...

True Detective

This HBO series started last year starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConnaughey as a couple of detectives in bayou country...