Pagans in Charleston

  Just a short post this week—with pictures! KayKay figured out how to put images into Word Press. Me, not so much. We’re on the road in Charleston, South Carolina, for The Big Cosmic Event. The tail end of the arc of totality for the solar eclipse passes through...

Flying in the BUFF

Given the Really Scary Things said by Two Bad-Haired Leaders of Countries with Nuclear Weapons over the past week, I thought it an ideal time to own up to a rather sordid part of my checkered past. For three years of my wasted youth, I was a small cog in the big...

Dogs and Cats, Living Together

I’m about to undertake the most dangerous thing I’ve ever attempted on the WorldWide InterWeb of Things and Stuff. This blog post is on why I like dogs more than cats. And let me admit upfront I adore dogs. And I like cats, well, not at all. Let me explain why. Yes,...

Kill Da Wabbit

I’m not somebody who goes in much for collecting stuff. Don’t know why. I was only a half-hearted baseball card collector as a kid and I once made some very ill-advised trades to get a full set of the ’69 Cubs starting lineup. I suppose I kinda collect books,...

Why Did I Say I Was Going to Shanghai?

I had a gig for five years—just ended last summer—as the international programs dean at an East Coast law school. It meant I got to spend five weeks every summer in Rome or Paris. Not too hard to take. But it also meant I was flying 13 hours in coach to and from China...

The Birth of the F-Bomb

[This is the full-length version of a guest post I wrote for author Lucinda E. Clarke’s blog back in May. For space considerations, she had to cut it down. A lot of people commented, liked and reposted it, so I thought I’d post it this week. Thanks Lucinda...

Moose On Ice, Puffin Chaser

Why didn’t someone tell me about Republic of Doyle sooner? It’s been on TV since 2010 for crying out loud. Well, it’s been on Canadian TV since 2010, which to most Americans is like saying it’s been on Martian TV. But now it’s on Netflix—the Binge-a-Lot Streaming...

Boredom on the Orient Express

Let me start by coming clean. I really like trains. First, because train travel is not air travel. Which is increasingly miserable for those of us who can’t afford First Class, don’t have a company expense account to pay for Business Class, and/or aren’t a...

Rest-of-World Health Care?

A little housekeeping first this week, since this is supposed to be part of my ‘Author Platform.’ I was the guest on Army Wife Network’s weekly podcast radio show last Monday, talking about my book None of Us the Same and World War I generally. You...

Women of the Great War

My novel, None of Us the Same, has been out for exactly one month today and I haven’t had a call from either the New York Times or Stephen Spielberg. But I’m hopeful. Today I thought I’d write a little more about what I learned researching and writing the book, as...